By  | July 31, 2014 |  3
Growing up, I had always associated shift work with blue-collar jobs – typically those jobs that didn’t require a degree or graduate education. Not that there’s anything wrong with those jobs (a lot of them are vital public services), but I never expected to one day be working in a job where I would see myself […]
By  | July 30, 2014 |  2
93% of Hospitalist respondents rated observation policy as critical, but close to two-thirds were not confident in determining a patient’s status. For several years, hospital-based practitioners have struggled with observation status, the two-midnight rule, and recovery audit mechanisms.  Doubly so because of the evolving regulations CMS continues to proffer.  Expect additional guidance as the workings (and […]
By  | July 23, 2014 |  2
Solving the increasing demands within busy hospitalist practices while maintaining high levels of quality will need a touch of creative scheduling. by Dr. Sowmya Kanikkannan MD, FACP, SFHM When I began my job search at the end of residency, I was looking for a career that’s fast-paced, system-oriented focus on a shift schedule. Hospital medicine […]
By  | July 22, 2014 |  0
Written by Kelly Rand on July 22, 2014 In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game! Who knew that Mary Poppins’ advice could apply to reducing waste in health care? Apparently, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and […]
By  | July 22, 2014 |  0
Jack White, of the White Stripes, the Racounters, and others, introduced a solo album last month called Lazaretto. It’s an appropriate name for a rock star trying to maintain a dead musical form – the vinyl record. He made it in the Guinness Book of World records last month while recording and releasing the album […]
By  | July 20, 2014 |  0
  This month’s Health Affairs dedicates itself to the subject of big data, a term in the news quite a bit these days.  If you think you know what big data implies, mainly dredging data sets to build the clinical decision support in your EMRs, you would be incorrect. We are talking much, much bigger. […]