By  | January 31, 2017 |  0
The number and complexity of quality metrics within healthcare continues to expand, many of which are used to compare performance between hospitals, systems, and/or clinicians. To make these comparisons fair, many quality reporting agencies attempt to “risk stratify” these metrics, so as not to penalize those caring for higher complexity patients. Although laudable, these attempts […]
By  | January 30, 2017 |  0
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not updated its rules (“conditions for participation”) for nursing homes in twenty-five years. Late last year they finally did. Many of the changes will have an impact on the daily lives of NH residents but are far removed from hospital medicine.  Think a resident’s ability to […]
By  | January 27, 2017 |  0
One of the top stories of 2016 is fake news. Chances are, in 2017, we will continue to fall for these fairy tales. When people think Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are two completely different entities, we know facts can dissipate quickly. Why are we duped so easily? These stories fit into a narrative […]
By  | January 23, 2017 |  0
OK; that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But if you left your clinical shift asking why you feel so depleted and frustrated and why you had that negative interaction with that patient, you should do yourself a favor and read the recent review in the Journal of Hospital Medicine entitled “When Personality Is […]
By  | January 20, 2017 |  2
This week’s NEJM features an article on hospital-sponsored online rating sites for docs.  The author, Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, a prominent health services researcher discusses the adoption and success of her program at the University of Utah and how the system uses a portal open to patients to evaluate staff. In the piece, she […]
By  | January 19, 2017 |  0
SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: January 5 – January 19, 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: Journal of Hospital Medicine research was cited in article about treating patients with personality disorders. SHM Vice President of […]