Welcome to “SHM Media Highlights,” a new series of blog posts on The Hospital Leader that highlights news articles about the hospital medicine movement and SHM.
We’re posting these highlights to The Hospital Leader to give hospitalists and others in healthcare an idea about how news about hospital medicine is spreading. SHM monitors the media on a daily basis, and we will post Media Highlights to the blog every two weeks. For the last few months, we have been sharing SHM Media Highlights on HMX, our members-only collaboration site; now, we are happy to share it even more broadly.
We also share breaking news on SHM’s Twitter feed.
Of course, the news keeps coming every day. Even since we compiled this issue of Media Highlights, SHM’s Dr. Eric Howell was quoted in a HealthDay News article about new guidance from CDC about antibiotic resistance on Tuesday. And, last Friday, a partnership between SHM and The Hastings Center was mentioned in a column by the leaders of The Hastings Center in Time Magazine about advance care planning. Those articles, and others, will be listed in the next Media Highlights post.
A new article about the rise of the OB hospitalist (or laborist), originated in Kaiser Health News and has appeared in many national news sources and local publications, including USA Today. The article described the continued growth of the specialty, citing the need for improved patient safety and additional help responding to emergencies.
Antibiotic stewardship remains in the conversation as the CDC Safe Healthcare blog provided insight into Consumer Reports’ expanded hospital ranking research that included information on infections from hospital-submitted data to the CDC. A piece published on Vero News adds to the growing dialogue, reviewing the dangers of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and a hospitalist’s take on how to prevent it, which includes antibiotic stewardship.
In other news, the Omaha World-Herald’s “Live Well Nebraska” series referenced Journal of Hospital Medicine research in a story exploring the myths and facts of how a facility’s appearance and amenities impact patients’ perceptions of quality of care. And, a new report from the Advisory Board Company highlighted the top ten most in-demand doctors. Hospitalists made the list with a strong showing at number four due to the growth of team-based care and population health management.
MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: July 16 – 30
Growing use of laborists nationwide to deliver babies
When the only hospital in this southern Delaware town saw two of its four obstetricians move away, it knew it had to do something to ensure that women in labor could always get immediate medical help. […] So in late 2013, Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital shifted from using on-call doctors who came in as needed to a new model of maternity care that’s catching on nationally: It hired OB hospitalists, also called laborists, who are always at the hospital to handle births and obstetrical and gynecological emergencies.
USA Today (originally from Kaiser Health News)
July 25, 2015
Consumer Reports looks at how well hospitals prevent common infections
Since 2009, Consumer Reports has rated hospitals on a variety of safety and quality measures, such as readmission and mortality rates, as well as certain infections. But now Consumer Reports hospital ratings also include information on infections due to MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and C. diff (clostridium difficile) bacteria, based on data that hospitals submit to the CDC. Findings are published in the September issue of Consumer Reports.
CDC Safe Healthcare blog
July 29, 2015
Life or death battle with hospital infections goes on 24/7
In addition to well-publicized infections such as MRSA, (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), and CRE, (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae), there is a far more common health hazard lurking in hospitals, nursing homes and care facilities nationwide. It is called Healthcare or Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and it is the second most commonly contracted hospital infection after urinary tract infections.
July 30, 2015
Hospitals harness the soothing, healing power of art
The conventional wisdom holds that newer, more elaborate facilities score higher with patients. But there’s debate about that. Study results published this year in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, and reported on by Kaiser Health News, compared patient feedback from two towers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore: one new and swankier, the other older and relatively utilitarian. The study found that the facility made little difference in how patients judged their level of care.
Omaha World-Herald (featuring research published the Journal of Hospital Medicine)
July 29, 2015
IPC Healthcare’s Dr. Ron Greeno Featured in “Before the White Coat”
IPC Healthcare, Inc., a leading national acute hospitalist and post-acute provider organization, today announced that Chief Strategy Officer, Ron Greeno, M.D., FCCP, is the subject of a new podcast posted by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). The podcast is live on the SHM website http://www.beforethewhitecoat.org. The podcast is the second in a series entitled “Before the White Coat,” which profiles individual physicians about their life before they became influential leaders in healthcare and prominent hospitalists.
July 22, 2015
The most in-demand doctors – and why
A new ranking of the most-sought specialties from physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins finds that population health management and a shift to team-based care are driving strong demand for primary care providers (PCPs), but that hospital recruitment of doctors has declined for the first time since 2003-2004. Hospitalist ranked fourth, behind family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry.
The Advisory Board Company
July 22, 2015
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.