April 15, 2020 |  1
Not enough ventilators, a profound lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and overwhelmed healthcare professionals. Hospitals and systems stretched beyond capacity in the hardest hit states. Routine care ground to a halt. COVID-19 has pushed the US healthcare system to its limit and exposed its fragility. It’s not a big secret that the US healthcare […]
April 14, 2020 |  0
Like the vast majority of you, I never thought I’d ever experience or be a part of a pandemic. A month ago, if you’d have told me we’d be where we’re at right now, I’d have thought you were crazy. Yet here we are. The vast majority of the nation is on self-quarantine, hospitals around […]
By Tahir Mehmood, MD & Meltiady Issa, MD, MBA, FACP, SFHM
March 23, 2020 |  1
COVID-19 has posed a great challenge for healthcare workers to provide safe, uncompromised care. At our institution, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, we have created a command center as the main source of information about the virus and logistic planning. This gets updated frequently as more details surface and is communicated to all members […]
February 11, 2020 |  1
I am feeling discouraged. Actually, I am pretty frustrated. I truly believed that if we could “choose wisely” and cut out the nearly $1 trillion of waste in health care that we would make a real dent in costs in health care. Not only that, I even thought that decreasing these total costs of care […]
December 27, 2019 |  4
Hospital medicine has been the fastest growing medical specialty since the term “hospitalist” was coined by Dr. Bob Wachter in the 1996 NEJM article. The growth and change within this specialty is also reflected in the changing and migrating target of hospitals and hospital systems as they continue to effectively and safely move from fee-for-service […]
December 12, 2019 |  0
Years ago, I heard the saying, “For you [as a hospitalist], it may just be Monday or Tuesday, but for the patient it is often the worst day of their life.” This powerful medical aphorism captures the stark differences that can exist between a patient and a doctor. Physicians and health care systems are often […]