Big Win for NPs, QI Stigma & JHM VTE Study in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: December 8 – December 22, 2016
Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare-centric news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

Nurse Practitioners Win Direct Access to VA Patients
In a victory for the nation’s nurse practitioners, the Department of Veterans Affairs is granting veterans direct access to advanced practice registered nurses. The final regulations come at a critical time for nurse practitioners, which have doubled to more than 200,000 in the last decade and are looking to expand their ability to care for patients across the country. 

December 13, 2016
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Quality Improvement Shouldn’t Be Dirty Words
With the recent election, there has been a new recognition of the various “bubbles” we all seem to be living in. It reminds me of the parable I like to often mention, popularized by the late great writer David Foster Wallace: Two fish were swimming along when an older fish swam by, nodded his head at them and said, “Mornin’ boys, how’s the water?” The two young fish nod back and swim for a bit, then one turns to the other and says, “What the hell is water?”

December 15, 2016
Medpage Today’s KevinMd
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Women Really Are Better Doctors, Study Suggests
If male doctors were able to do as well as their female counterparts when treating elderly patients in the hospital, they could save 32,000 lives a year, according to a study of 1.5 million hospital visits. A month after patients were hospitalized, there was a small but significant difference in the likelihood that they were still alive or had to be readmitted to the hospital depending on the gender of the doctor who cared for them, according to the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

December 19, 2016
The Washington Post
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CMS Gets Busy: Adds Payment Plans for Hearts and Hips; Plans New ACO Track
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched three new policies Tuesday that continue the push toward value-based care, rewarding hospitals that work with physicians and other providers to avoid complications, prevent readmissions and speed recovery. The newly finalized policies are meant to improve cardiac and orthopedic care, and also create an accountable care organization (ACO) track for small practices, the CMS announced.

December 21, 2016
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Researches from University of Colorado Report Recent Findings in Managed Care (Postdischarge Telephone Calls by Hospitalists as a Transitional Care Strategy)
According to news reporting originating from Aurora, Colorado, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, “To determine whether treating hospitalists can identify and address early postdischarge problems through a structured telephone call. Prospective cohort study.”

December 16, 2016
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UC Program Excels at Reducing Hospital Blood Clots
Results of a UC-wide venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention program, led by Gregory Maynard, chief quality officer for UC Davis Medical Center, have shown a significant reduction in hospital-associated VTEs at all five participating UC hospitals, according to a recently released study authored by Maynard and published in the December issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

December 15, 2016
University of California
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Felicia Steele

Felicia joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in November of 2016 and serves as the Marketing Communications Specialist. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day social media engagement, developing content that supports SHM’s brand and core values, monitoring SHM’s media coverage and assisting in the moderation of SHM’s online community, HMX.

Prior to her role at SHM, Ms. Steele was the Sales & Marketing Assistant at The MandMarblestone Group, LLC, a tax law consulting firm. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Health from Temple University.

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