Incorporating NP/PAs into Hospitalist Groups, JHM Research & More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: February 16 – March 2, 2017
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:

1-Star vs 5-Star Docs: What’s the Difference?
Physician ratings found online were so unstructured and sparse that they may be effectively useless, a study determined. From a random sample of 600 physicians in Boston, Portland, Ore., and Dallas, each physician got a median of seven reviews across 28 websites, 26 of which used star ratings. Written reviews were less common than star ratings across all specialties, reported Tara Lagu, MD, MPH, of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and colleagues.

February 21, 2017
MedPage Today
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Nurse Practitioners Hospitalists in the 21st Century
Not long ago, nurse practitioners seemed mostly to be employed in physician offices, community and university health centers, and so-called “minute clinics.” In the midst of a growing shortage of primary care physicians, there is much in the news these days about NPs moving even more deeply into primary care, especially with the Veterans Administration granting full autonomy to NPs — with the exception of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists — throughout its system as of Jan. 13.

February 17, 2017
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How Hospital Medicine Groups Can Get the Most from NPs and PAs
Nearly two thirds of surveyed hospital medicine groups that serve adults include nurse practitioners (NPs) or physician assistants (PAs) on the team, according to the 2016 State of Hospital Medicine Report from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). Whether these advanced practice providers (APPs) are being used most effectively is up for debate, however.

February 24, 2017
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Rating Websites Add Stress for Physicians, Offer Scant Data
Despite the expansion of commercial physician rating websites, adequate information about individual physicians on commercial rating websites is woefully lacking, according to a research letter published online February 21 in JAMA.

March 1, 2017
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Hospitalists Seen as an Advantage
Dr. Johany Herrera is one of 14 hospitalists who help speed up care at Medical Center Hospital. Hospitalists are hospital-based family physicians or internists who can take care of patients, communicate with their primary care doctors and discharge the patients cutting down on the time they spend in the hospital by half.

February 27, 2017
OA Online

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Hospitals, Hospital Medicine, and Health for All

In September 2015, world leaders convened at the United Nations Summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal three, to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” is ambitious, and many in the field are asking how nations can contribute to achieving this target.

February 16, 2017
Health Affairs Blog
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Too Many Patients Get Liver Tests They Don’t Need, Which Can Raise Fears and Costs

It can start with the quick check of a box. A doctor orders a range of blood tests all at once, hoping to figure out what’s causing a patient to show signs of liver damage. It sounds harmless enough – and faster and more convenient than making the patient get more blood tests later.

March 2, 2017
Medical Xpress

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A Lot of Blood for No Reason? Common, Costly Clot Test Has Few Benefits
A half billion dollars — at least — gets spent each year on blood tests to see which hospital patients have a genetic quirk that makes their blood more likely to form dangerous clots. And most of that spending probably isn’t necessary, according to a new paper by a University of Michigan Medical School team.

February 15, 2017
Knowridge Science Report
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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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