JHM Research on VIP Patients, Docs and Social Media & More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: March 16 – 30, 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.

Study: Physicians Feel Pressured to Provide Unnecessary Care for VIP Patients
The study, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, surveyed hospitalists across eight hospitals about services provided to patients who are considered “VIPs.” In some hospitals, “VIP services” are provided to patients with close relationships to the hospital and may include extra space, enhanced facilities and extraneous comforts and supports.

March 21, 2017
Becker’s Hospital Review
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VIPs: Hospital Clinicians Feel the Pressure When Elite Patients Demand Special Attention, Care
It’s not easy for physicians to treat wealthy or influential hospital patients. In fact, a new study finds that clinicians feel so much pressure from these “very important person” (VIP) patients that they provide unnecessary medical care.

March 21, 2017
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Study Looks at the Special Pressure of Treating VIP Patients
When a pop star, a political leader or a billionaire is admitted at a big Boston hospital, do you really think they’re treated exactly as you would be? The truth (uncomfortable as it may be) is: not necessarily. VIP patients may receive extra niceties, from an airy private room with a view to a special menu. 

March 20, 2017
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How Hospital Executives Wish Their Hospitalists Would Act
Recently, I wrote a letter to hospital executives, urging them to deliberately invest their own personal time and effort in fostering hospitalist well-being. I suggested several actions that leaders can take to enhance hospitalist job satisfaction and reduce the risk of burnout and turnover. Following the publication of that post, I heard from several hospital executives and was pleasantly surprised that they all responded positively to my message.

March 17, 2017
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Survey: 64% of Healthcare Providers Remain ‘Unprepared’ or ‘Very Unprepared’ for MACRA
A vast majority of healthcare providers still have work to do when it comes to preparing for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, according to a Health IT Industry Outlook Survey conducted by Stoltenberg Consulting. The survey took place during this year’s Health Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Participants included IT professionals, as well as executive/C-suite representatives.

March 23, 2017
Becker’s Hospital Review
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The Modern Doctor: Social Media Expert
Dr. Vineet Arora talks about how doctors and medical students can leverage social media platforms to advance their practice of medicine. A must watch for any clinician looking to improve patient care through new and innovative ways!

February 27, 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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