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  Economists describe preferences in two ways: revealed and stated.  Say, for example, I asked you to implement a penalty program for your team with the goal of decreasing the number of occasions members did not clean their hands after a patient encounter.  Because you know…
by Mimi Zander The other week I had the pleasure of attending a cat circus. It was a stage show of 10-15 cats (plus a chicken, a groundhog, and 2 curious rats) walking on tight ropes, completing dangerous jumps, and a cat band complete with…
Despite hospital medicine’s meteoric rise as the fastest-growing specialty in history and the fact that there are almost 50,000 hospitalists in the U.S. today, I’m a little worried about the future of the specialty. There are two conflicting messages I’m hearing increasingly in the work we…
SUMMARY The hospital medicine movement was part of national media coverage about end-of life-care, business news and antibiotic use in the last two weeks. SHM’s Senior Physician Advisor Dr. Eric Howell was quoted in a piece on “superbugs” in HealthDay that was syndicated to multiple…
  A few weeks ago, I wrote about small numbers of patients consuming large and disproportionate shares of health care goods.  The thinking being, if we focus efforts on outliers, hospitals will save money and FTEs by economizing in the right places.  Why waste resources…
I read a fascinating article from ProPublica about an NP, Heather Alfonso, who pleaded guilty in June to accepting $83,000 in payments from a drug company in exchange for prescribing a high priced drug used to treat cancer pain. However disturbing this is, notably in…
by Frank Zadravecz, MPH This story intrigues me, not so much its time-tested message on good versus evil, rather strangely its reflections on scientific inquiry. Robert Louis Stevenson paints the character Dr. Hastie Lanyon as a man committed to deductive reasoning and logic, conveniently the…
  I am pleased to cross-post a terrific piece from The Incidental Economist on the sometimes rival effects of LOS shortening and readmissions.  (I can't recommend TIE enough by the way--and do not let the title fool you, it is a health care site). We feel…
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…
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