Expansive coverage of Journal of Hospital Medicine research, advance care planning, hospitalist spotlights, the transition to ICD-10 coding and disparities in Medicare readmission penalties received attention across local and national news outlets in this edition of media highlights.
An article in the Journal of Hospital Medicine about a quick tool to diagnose delirium at the bedside has been receiving a higher than average amount of press pickup in multiple articles in both healthcare and mainstream media. Its Altmetric score puts it in the top five percent of all articles scored, and it is also popular on social media – including in a post from Dr. Burke Kealey on The Hospital Leader blog.
Regional news outlets provided hospital medicine with additional exposure. A New York publication reviewed a Sarah Lawrence College seminar on end-of-life care discussions, including a mention of SHM and Government Relations Manager Joshua Lapps, who was among the team of presenters. News outlets in San Diego and southwest Florida provided positive press for local hospitalists and how they are improving quality of care for hospitalized patients. What is particularly intriguing about the southwest Florida story is the mention of OB hospitalists, a newly emerging segment within the specialty.
Lastly, national outlets The New York Times and The Washington Post highlighted two major topics impacting hospital medicine: how the implementation of ICD-10 coding could affect patient care and the disparity of Medicare readmission penalties for hospitals treating poorer, less educated patients.
SHM Media Highlights: September 10 – September 24, 2015
Quick but challenging test shows if patients can think straight
Can you rattle off the months of the year in reverse order? Researchers say a failure to do so may be a sign of delirium in hospital patients. This finding comes from a new study whose lead author was Donna M. Fick, a professor of nursing at Pennsylvania State University. The goal of the research, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, was to look for quicker methods for identifying patients whose mental health is going awry.
September 16, 2015
The Philadelphia Inquirer
End-of-Life Issues an Important Conversation
In an effort to inform health care professionals and the public of the importance of having Medicare pay for discussions about end-of-life issues, Sarah Lawrence College’s End of Life Care program recently led a national seminar on the issue. The workshop presenters were Joshua Lapps, government relations manager at the Society of Hospital Medicine and graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s Health Advocacy Program; Deborah Jones, a health advocate and graduate of SLC’s Health Advocacy Program; and Rebecca O. Johnson, associate program director of graduate and professional studies for the End-of-Life Care Program at SLC.
September 23, 2015
In-house doctors provide bedside care at the Queen
Abhijit Adhye, Rachel Lee and Else Jensen are Napa-based medical doctors, but there’s only one place patients will see them – from a hospital bed at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. The doctors are hospitalists. They are among a group of eight doctors employed by a company called IPC Healthcare, who spend their days managing the hospital care of patients. When the patient is discharged, these doctors say goodbye and the patient returns to the care of their own primary care physician.
September 21, 2015
Napa Valley Register
HealthPark Medical Center adding doctors for high-risk deliveries
HealthPark, home to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in south Fort Myers, is used to dealing with such medical emergencies. But a program administrators established last month will ensure that a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist is at the hospital at all times, rather than the hospital relying on on-call physicians who may or may not be nearby. These OB/GYN “hospitalists,” the term used to describe hospital-based physicians, act as a safety net for high-risk pregnancy cases, last-minute emergencies and deliveries when patients’ own doctors aren’t immediately available.
September 20, 2015
One symptom in new medical codes: Doctor anxiety
The more than 100,000 new codes, which will take effect on Oct. 1, have potential benefits, as they will require doctors to make a deeper assessment of many patients. But the change is causing waves of anxiety among health care providers, who fear that claims will be denied and payments delayed if they do not use the new codes, or do not use them properly. Some doctors and hospitals are already obtaining lines of credit because they fear that the transition to the new system will cause cash-flow problems.
September 11, 2015
The New York Times
Medicare unfairly penalizes hospitals treating sickest, poorest patients, study finds
Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that hospitals are being penalized to a large extent based on the patients they serve. The researchers found that nearly two dozen variables, such as patients’ education, income and ability to bathe, dress and feed themselves, explain nearly half of the difference in readmission rates between the best- and worst-performing hospitals.
September 14, 2015
The Washington Post
Brendon Shank is the Associate Vice President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. You can find him on Twitter, @BShank.