Chris Moriates

About Chris Moriates

Christopher Moriates, MD is a hospitalist, the assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at University of Texas, Austin. He is also Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of Care. He co-authored the book Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill, 2015), which Atul Gawande has called “a masterful primer for all clinicians,” and Bob Wachter said is “essential reading for everyone who care about making our system better.”
September 18, 2019 |  2
There is at least one aspect of “Obamacare” that my mother-in-law and I can firmly agree on: hospitals should not get paid for frequent readmissions. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2012 with the goal of penalizing hospitals for excessive readmissions, has great face […]
August 7, 2019 |  5
In 2017, Dr. Don Berwick wrote about “breaking the rules for better care.” He was discussing a more systematic way for organizations to ask clinicians, staff, and patients about the “habits and rules [that] appear to be harming care without commensurate benefits and, with prudence and circumspection, to change them.” As I spent long hours […]
May 28, 2019 |  0
This past year, I reviewed a lot of journal articles to prepare for the Updates in Hospital Medicine talk with Dr. Carrie Herzke at Hospital Medicine 2019. But for the last six weeks or so, I simply monitored the headlines to ensure there wasn’t a blockbuster finding that we would have to integrate last minute […]
February 11, 2019 |  7
“Why are you yelling? Get the f* out of my face!” I was relieved. I was worried about her, having been brought in by ambulance seizing. My resident said she was not waking up for him, which we hoped was just post-ictal, but we were not sure yet. “Oh good! You are gonna be just […]
December 12, 2018 |  1
There are a limited number of things in hospital medicine that we do that decrease the risk of all-cause mortality by up to half. Usually these are the type of things that we don’t even think about possibly missing. Does your hospital give people with STEMIs an aspirin? Even that has a number needed to […]
August 1, 2018 |  4
I have a theory. There is a simple thing hospitalists can do that can enhance relationships with our patients, and even, I bet, improve patient satisfaction scores. The catch is it is not something you can do for yourself; you can only “pay it forward” for somebody else. We know patients who trust their physicians […]