Pediatric HM Subspecialty, JHM Research & More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: October 27 – November 10, 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:

ABMS Officially Recognizes Pediatric Hospital Medicine Subspecialty Certification
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) officially recognized subspecialty certification for Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) at its October 2016 Board Meeting in Chicago, IL. The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), an ABMS Member Board, sponsored the subspecialty application and will establish training and assessment criteria, as well as award the certification. 

November 9, 2016
American Board of Medical Specialties
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Journal of Hospital Medicine: CMS Wastes $500 Million on Unnecessary Tests Every Year
Medicare is spending about $500 million a year on genetic blood tests that offer little or no clinical benefit and may be unnecessary, according to a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The report, by a University of Michigan Medical School team, examines testing for a trait called inherited thrombophilia, and calls for a drastic cut in the test’s use by doctors.

November 7, 2016
Medical Practice Insider
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A Lot of Blood, for No Reason? U-M Team Concludes that Common, Costly Clot Test Has Few Benefits
A half billion dollars – at least — gets spent each year on blood tests to see which hospital patients have a genetic quirk that makes their blood more likely to form dangerous clots. And most of that spending probably isn’t necessary, according to a new paper by a University of Michigan Medical School team. Writing in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, they review what’s known about testing for the trait called inherited thrombophilia, and call for a drastic cut in the test’s use by doctors across America.

November 2, 2016
University of Michigan Health System News
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TeamHealth Bought by Blackstone Group for $6.1 Billion
Physician-staffing giant TeamHealth has agreed to be purchased by affiliates of the Blackstone Group for $6.1 billion. Blackstone, one of the nation’s largest private equity groups, intends to pay $43.50 per share for TeamHealth, which changed its CEO last month in light of slumping earnings and stock price. 

October 31, 2016
Modern Healthcare
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Roberts to Head SRMC Hospitalist Program
Dr. Joseph Roberts Jr. has joined Southeastern Health as medical director of Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s hospitalist program after more than 20 years in private practice. Roberts, a graduate of Davidson College, earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his residency at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro in 1990. After his residency, Roberts spent three years in Oklahoma practicing medicine among the members of the Choctaw tribe.

November 7, 2016
The Robesonian
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Understanding New Roles in Healthcare
Most of us know that hospital staffing is made up of doctors and nurses. But if you haven’t visited a hospital lately, you may not know about the evolving set of specialties found in today’s hospitals. A relatively new trend in the care of hospitalized patients is the “hospitalist,” a doctor who specializes in the care of such patients. In most instances, it will be the hospitalist, not your primary care physician, who will be treating you during your stay.

November 3, 2016
Thousand Oaks Acorn
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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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