HM17 Previews, Value of NPs and More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: April 13 – April 27, 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:

Sleep Studies and VTEs Headline Hospitalists Meeting
The use of clinical informatics, in the form of electronic health records and big data, to strengthen research findings will be highlighted here at the Society of Hospital Medicine (HM) 2017 Annual Meeting. Results from three innovative studies, in particular, will reflect the broad impact this incorporation is having on the practice of hospital medicine, said Margaret Fang, MD, research director of the division of hospital medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who is chair of the research, innovation, and vignettes section of the conference.

April 24, 2017
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In Hospitalist Programs, Nurse Practitioners Are Growing Even More Important
Some hospitals are launching hospitalist programs that innovatively incorporate nurse practitioners (NP) to cut costs—but successfully integrating NPs into the hospitalist role means getting physicians on board and navigating regulatory hurdles, Lola Butcher reports for Hospitals & Health Networks. According to Tracy Cardin, an acute-care NP and a hospitalist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, the use of NPs in hospitalist programs has been increasing for about 10 years.

April 19, 2017
Advisory Board
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Nurse Response Time to Alarms Varies Based on Intuition
Responses to physiologic monitor alarms in children’s hospitals are affected by multiple factors, including the length of time spent working, the severity of the condition, nurse-to-patient ratio, and physical and mental fatigue, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.

April 17, 2017
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Physician Assistant Pay Eclipses $100K Annually
Physician assistant compensation has surpassed $104,000 on average amid competition for primary care medical care providers, a shortage of doctors and the nationwide more to value-based care. A new statistical profile of the profession from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants shows certified physician assistants (PAs) earned an average salary of more than $104,000 in 2016.

April 21, 2017
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Hats Off to ISMC Hospitalists
The hospitalist movement has arrived and it has transformed the care of hospitalized patients and the collaboration among healthcare professionals. For Integris Southwest Medical Center (ISMC) nurses and members of the Clinical Practice Council (CPC), having a close, professional relationship with our hospitalists is a must to improve the value of inpatient care. In the fifteen years since the hospitalist movement and quality movement began, our nurses have supported the initiative for 24/7 hospitalists in the hospital for a safer health care system.

April 25, 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 Communications Coordinator. 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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