MACRA Flexibility, SHM Successes in Hospital Medicine News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: September 1 – 15, 2016

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:

Medicare Grants Doctors Flexibility in New Payment System
The administration is relieving some pressure on Medicare physicians subject to complex new payment requirements in 2017. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Sept. 8 released four options for Medicare doctors complying with the new requirements instituted under last year’s Medicare Authorization and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Doctors previously were given two participation options slated to begin Jan. 1.

September 9, 2016
The Hill
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Brian Harte, MD, Named President of Cleveland Clinic Akron General & Southern Region
After a thorough review by the search committee, with unanimous endorsement by the Executive Committee of the Akron General Board of Trustees, Cleveland Clinic has selected Brian Harte, M.D., to serve as the new president of Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the Southern Region beginning Sept. 26th. Dr. Harte has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2004, serving in numerous leadership roles. For the past three years, he has served as president of Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, a 500-bed flagship hospital in the Cleveland Clinic health system.

September 7, 2016
Cleveland Clinic Newsroom
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5 Key Steps to Assessing and Identifying At-Risk Patients for Respiratory Compromise
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) today released an interview on “Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids” (otherwise known as the RADEO Guide). RADEO was developed by the Society of Hospital Medicine, the largest organization representing hospitalists and a resource for hospital medicine. To better understand the RADEO Guide, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety interviewed its lead author, Thomas W. Frederickson MD, FACP, SFHM, MBA.

September 8, 2016
PR Newswire
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Hospitals Now Own 1 in 4 Physician Practices
Between 2012 and 2015, the number of physician practices owned by hospitals or health systems rose by 86 percent, resulting in a quarter of all medical practices being hospital-owned. The analysis from Avalere Health and the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) also found by 2015, 38 percent of all physicians were employed by a hospital or system after their numbers rose from about 95,000 in 2012 to 140,000 in 2015.

September 8, 2016
HealthExec
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Every State but 1 Lowered Hospital Readmissions Since 2010, CMS Data Shows
Between 2010 and 2015, national readmission rates fell 8 percent, thanks in part to the implementation of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and other CMS-led quality improvement initiatives, according to a Tuesday blog post by two CMS officials. In fact, Medicare 30-day readmission rates fell in 49 states and Washington, D.C., from 2010 to 2015. Only Vermont saw readmissions increase during that time period, albeit readmission rates in the state rose less than 1 percent (0.7 percent). 

September 13, 2016
Becker’s Hospital Review
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Precision Medicine Spreading among US Hospitals
Nearly a third of healthcare organizations are engaged in some kind of precision medicine research, according to a recent survey that focused on larger hospitals and healthcare systems. The poll was conducted by HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  

September 7, 2016
Medscape
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Brett Radler

Brett Radler is the Marketing Communications Manager at the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and has been with the organization since May 2015. He is responsible for managing SHM’s blog, The Hospital Leader. In addition, Brett develops content for SHM’s monthly newsmagazine, The Hospitalist, develops and refines SHM-branded content for multiple communications channels and oversees SHM's online communities.

Brett holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and also serves as on-air talent at a New Jersey radio station in his spare time.

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