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SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: November 29 – December 8, 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:

MOON Advisory: Medicare Updates Observation Status Rules
An updated version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), which alerts Medicare beneficiaries about the potential coverage consequences of inpatient vs. outpatient status at hospitals, was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week.

December 8, 2016
HealthLeaders Media
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Martin Health for You: Pediatric Hospitalists Keep Kids Close to Home
Children on the Treasure Coast who are in need of inpatient care and do not require specialized pediatric treatment can now remain close to home. This fall, four pediatric hospitalists joined Martin Health System with the goal of keeping children in their own community when hospitalization is required.  

November 29, 2016
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Researchers from Montefiore Medical Center Describe Findings in Medicare and Medicaid
According to news reporting originating from Bronx, New York, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “Patients who are dual eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have previously been shown to have increased healthcare utilization and cost. However, this relationship has not been examined for patients at the end of life.” 

December 5, 2016
Pharmacy Choice
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Price Point
Patients who choose primary care doctors with low office visit prices can rack up considerable savings on overall health care costs according to new research from Harvard Medical School. The report, published Dec. 5 in the December issue of the journal Health Affairs, suggests that low office visit costs may by a reliable indicator of what a patient will pay for a wide range of services and procedures. 

December 5, 2016
Harvard Medical School
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Hospitalists Focus on Whole-Person Care
After she broke her hip, Stella Hardin, 81, was hospitalized at Citizens Medical Center for several weeks. “I can’t complain. There couldn’t be better service,” she said. By that point, she had been seen by a few different doctors called hospitalists. 

December 2, 2016
Victoria Advocate
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The Transformative Virtualization of Care Delivery
Advances in telehealth technology coupled with EHR infrastructure investment and value-based care incentive programs have created new opportunities for deploying virtual care services. On-demand, low acuity telehealth services are just one of many high-value, telehealth-based, virtual care options for healthcare organizations.

November 29, 2016
Becker’s Hospital Review
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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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