JHM Research, Readmissions Reduction & SHM Members Make HM News

­SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: September 14 – 28, 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:


Burnout Among Hospitalists
Working as a hospitalist for many years, Daniel L. Roberts, M.D., has heard it both ways: Some say hospitalists are more prone to burnout than other physicians. Others say hospitalists are more protected from burnout than their colleagues in other specialties. Roberts, an internist who practices at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, dug through survey data to find out which theory was correct. 

September 21, 2017
Hospitals & Health Networks
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Weekend Hospital Admissions Linked to Higher Mortality Rate
Hospital inpatients admitted during weekends may have a higher mortality rate compared with inpatients admitted during the weekdays, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Lynn A Pauls, MD, BS, from the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues performed a systematic review to examine the mortality rate for hospital inpatients admitted during the weekend (weekend death) compared with the mortality rate for those admitted during the work week (weekday death). 

September 20, 2017
Clinical Advisor
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Has the Readmissions Reduction Program Peaked?
Earlier this month, CMS released data on the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and the news is sobering. A total of 2,573 hospitals face reimbursement cuts in fiscal year 2018, nearly as many as last year. Under HRRP, Medicare docks hospitals up to 3% of normal reimbursement if they have higher-than-expected 30-day readmissions for six conditions: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hip/knee replacement and coronary artery bypass graft surgery. 

September 21, 2017
Healthcare DIVE
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Temple Physician Has a (Surprising) Habit
When Jocelyn Edathil, M.D., Ph.D. makes her rounds at Temple University Hospital she wears the traditional white lab coat. But it’s what’s underneath – the veil and traditional white habit of the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ – that makes her unique among the city’s doctors. An assistant professor of clinical medicine, she is also a nun.

September 26, 2017
Philly Voice
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Physicians: Use Your Voice to Make the Difference
Recently, there have been many times when you may have gotten a news alert on your phone or checked the latest Twitter hashtag and wanted to scream. Or you were too busy to even check until later that day and did not know what to say other than to lurk and watch a train wreck in progress. You may have thought about saying something, but paused and wondered, “Is this professional? What will this say about me as a doctor? What would my colleagues/supervisors think? What would my patients think?”

August 28, 2017
KevinMD.com
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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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