SHM Member Moves, Pain Management and JHM Research in HM News

­SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: August 17 – August 31, 2017
Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

SurveyVitals® Names New President: Dr. Robert Harrington
SurveyVitals, Inc., a healthcare analytics company specializing in patient experience surveys, today announced the appointment of Robert Harrington, MD, as SurveyVitals President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO), effective immediately. As a practicing Hospitalist, Harrington brings over 20 years of relevant industry experience to the role, having served as CMO at both Reliant Post-Acute Care Solutions and hospitalist physician staffing firm Locum Leaders.

August 24, 2017
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The Pharmacist’s Role in Pain Management During Transitions of Care
Despite a rise in opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion, as well as overdose deaths, many patients still suffer from inadequate acute and chronic pain control. Patients may see multiple providers and be prescribed various analgesics including opioids and nonopioids, which may complicate their medication regimen and increase the risk of medication errors during transitions of care.

August 18, 2017
U.S. Pharmacist
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Patients Report Breakdowns in Hospital Care
About 4 in 10 hospitalized patients reported a breakdown in their care, including information exchange, delays in admission, team communication, and discharge, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Kimberly A. Fisher, MD, MSc, from the Meyers Primary Care Institute in Worcester, Mass., and colleagues interviewed a broad sample of patients during hospitalization and post-discharge to elicit patient perspectives on breakdowns in care.

August 21, 2017
Cardiology Advisor
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When Is Noninvasive Ventilation Indicated in Patients with COPD Exacerbations
A meta-analysis reaffirms that noninvasive ventilation lowers mortality and shortens hospital stays in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypercapnic respiratory failure. International guidelines recommend noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and acute hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF) based on symptoms or low serum pH (NEJM JW Hosp Med Jul 2017 and Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2017; 195:557). 

August 24, 2017
NEJM Journal Watch
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A Start-Up Suggests a Fix to the Health Care Morass
If you watched the drama in Washington last month, you may have come away with the impression that the American health care system is a hopeless mess. In Congress, a doomed plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health care law, has turned into a precarious effort to rescue it. Meanwhile, President Trump is still threatening to mortally wound the law— which he insists, falsely, is collapsing anyway — while his administration is undermining its being carried out.

August 16, 2017
The New York Times
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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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