HM17 Highlights & JHM Research in Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: April 27 – May 11, 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:

Hospitalists on Healthcare: ‘Politicians Can’t Fix This’
As the US House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Thursday, speakers here at the Society of Hospital Medicine 2017 Annual Meeting were weighing in on what’s next. “This bill will not become law,” said Ron Greeno, MD, president and chair of public policy for the society and senior adviser for medical affairs at TeamHealth in North Hollywood, California.

May 5, 2017
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Occupying C. Difficile-Infected Spaces Associated with Significant Risk for Infection
Individuals passing through hospital spaces “contaminated” with Clostridium difficile within the previous 24 hours were at a significantly increased risk for the infection, according to findings presented at the 2017 Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting in Las Vegas.

May 10, 2017
Healio Internal Medicine
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Homegrown EHR Software Alerts Doctors to Readmissions
New software aims to help close a care gap by alerting hospitalists to readmissions that occur within five days of discharge. A two-week trial of the Murmur program presented at the Society of Hospital Medicine 2017 Annual Meeting produced notifications about 14 patients distributed among 18 attending hospitalists, according to an article in Medscape.

May 9, 2017
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Senate Confirms New FDA Commissioner
Dr. Scott Gottlieb was confirmed today as the new FDA Commissioner.  Dr. Gottlieb has promised to put public health first and not do anything “that shakes the public’s confidence in the agency.” He is a former hospitalist who served in the FDA during the George W. Bush administration, lastly as its deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs.

May 11, 2017
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The Joint Commission Surveys Matter More Than We Think
Recently, the online version of JAMA published an original investigation entitled “Patient Mortality During Unannounced Accreditation Surveys at US Hospitals.” The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effect of heightened vigilance during unannounced accreditation surveys on safety and quality of inpatient care.

May 9, 2017
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New Study Outlines Financial Incentive for In-Hospital Opioid Intervention Program
A new study makes a business case for establishing an in-hospital intervention program for patients affected by substance use disorder. The study, published online today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, asserts the financial justification for OHSU’s Project IMPACT, or Improving Addiction Care Team.

April 28, 2017
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‘Bundles’ of Prevention Practices Best to Reduce UTI Rates, Review Finds
Using a “bundled” intervention approach has shown success in combating urinary tract infections in nursing homes, according to a recently published research review. Researchers with the University of Michigan analyzed previous studies in order to inform future research efforts, and frontline care for residents, noting that UTIs are “one of the most common infections in nursing homes, often leading to sepsis and readmission to acute care.”

May 3, 2017
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“Incidental Findings” From Scans Challenge Efforts to Reduce Health Costs
In an analysis of medical records gathered from more than 300 hospitalized patients, a team of researchers reports that routine imaging scans used to help diagnose heart attacks generated “incidental findings” (IFs) in more than half of these patients. The investigators say only about 7 percent of these IFs were medically significant and urged imaging experts and hospitals to explore ways to safely reduce the added costly — and potentially risky — days in the hospital the IFs generate.

May 8, 2017
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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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