SHM Member Nominated to Lead FDA, Focused Practice Update & More in HM News

SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: March 2 – March 16, 2017
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:

American Board of Medical Specialties Announces New, Focused Practice Designation
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved the establishment of a new Focused Practice designation at its March 2017 Board of Directors meeting. In 2010, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) began offering a focused practice in Hospital Medicine pilot, which subsequently became the first Focused Practice designation approved by the ABMS Board of Directors.

March 14, 2017
Fox 34 TV, Lubbock, TX
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NEA Venture Partner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Nominated to Be Commissioner of U.S. Food and Drug Administration
New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) Venture Partner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A physician, policy expert, and champion of health care entrepreneurship and the opportunities enabled by innovation in medical care, Dr. Gottlieb has held senior positions at the FDA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

March 11, 2017
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Senators Collins, Brown, Nelson, Capito Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Seniors from High Costs of Necessary Medical Care
Today, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to update a current loophole in Medicare policy that would help protect seniors from high medical costs for the skilled nursing care they require after hospitalization. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act would allow for the time patients spend in the hospital under “observation status” to count toward the requisite three-day hospital stay for coverage of skilled nursing care.

March 8, 2017
Susan Collins Press Release
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Are Patients Unnecessarily Tested for Rare Liver Conditions?
A new article published in the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation University of Michigan discusses why patients are unnecessarily tested for rare liver conditions, which raises concerns and costs. Researchers from the University of Michigan conducted studies aimed at the issue of over testing for liver conditions. They published findings in the Journal of Hospital Medicine and the Journal of Hepatology.

March 8, 2017
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Too Many Patients Get Liver Tests They Don’t Need
It can start with the quick check of a box. A doctor orders a range of blood tests all at once, hoping to figure out what’s causing a patient to show signs of liver damage. It sounds harmless enough – and faster and more convenient than making the patient get more blood tests later.

March 2, 2017
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What Do High-Spending Physicians Buy You? Not Much, Study Suggests.
On average, doctors who deliver more costly patient care do not achieve better outcomes, according to a new study published in JAMA, Yusuke Tsugawa and Anupam Jena—the study’s authors—write in Harvard Business Review.

March 15, 2017
Advisory Board
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Obamacare Pushed Nonprofit Hospitals to Do Good Beyond Their Walls. Now What?
For the past six years, Mardi Chadwick has run a violence prevention program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The program’s goal is to address broader, community-based health issues and social problems that make people ill or prone to repeated injury from gunshots, stabbings or environmental causes.

March 16, 2017
Kaiser Health News
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Felicia Steele

Felicia joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in November of 2016 and serves as the Communications Coordinator. 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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