HM Highlights: SHM Members Discuss ER Utilization, Patient Trust & More

­SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: October 26 – November 9, 2017:
Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

Why Do So Many People Still Go to the Emergency Room?
When Americans need healthcare, about half the time they’ll head to the emergency room. That’s the finding of a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The researchers examined data from several national healthcare databases covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 1996 and 2010. In 2010, they found there were almost 130 million emergency department visits in the United States. Over the 14-year period examined in the study, emergency room visits increased by 44 percent.

November 7, 2017
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Physician Profile: Shahid Ahmad, MD, Hospitalist Regional Health Rapid City Hospital
Trust is crucial for a hospitalist. Family physicians entrust these specialists with the care of their patients during hospitalization. Families entrust them with loved ones. Without trust, everything stops, says Shahid Ahmad, MD, a hospitalist at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital. It is Ahmad’s ability to teach life lessons like this that has made him a favorite among medical students undergoing rotation at Rapid City Hospital.

October 30, 2017
Midwest Medical Education
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Experts Devise Plan to Slash Unnecessary Medical Testing
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at VerticalNews Health & Science Researchers at top hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have developed an ambitious plan to eliminate unnecessary medical testing, with the goal of reducing medical bills while improving patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. The researchers are urging physicians and other care providers to reconsider the use of routine daily lab tests performed on hospitalized patients.

November 5, 2017
Pharmacy Choice
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Chief Medical Officer Selected
Tommy Ibrahim, M.D., MHA, CPE, FHM, FACHE will join INTEGRIS as Chief Medical Officer in December. Dr. Ibrahim comes to us from Mercy Health Network in Des Moines, Iowa where he currently serves as Chief Physician Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs. At Mercy Health Network, a 900-bed, not-for-profit hospital system located across four campuses in Des Moines, he oversees a medical staff of more than 1,200 physicians and allied health providers. Mercy Health Network is part of the second-largest Catholic Health System in the country, Catholic Health Initiatives, headquartered in Inverness, Colorado.

October 30, 2017
Oklahoma’s Nursing Times
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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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