By  | March 6, 2019 |  0
You have read constant references about ACOs (accountable care organizations) in every journal you pick up until you are blue in the face, I’m sure. You or your hospital might even be participating in one. Mostly all straight Medicare patients (the two-thirds not in Managed Medicare) are eligible for inclusion. You need two things to […]
By  | February 26, 2019 |  3
A couple of months ago, I wrote about some key findings from a 2018 survey of US physicians by The Physicians Foundation. It’s no surprise to anyone working in healthcare today that the survey found alarming levels of professional dissatisfaction, burnout, and pessimism about the future of medicine among respondent physicians. Sadly, it appears that […]
By  | February 21, 2019 |  1
By: Jennifer Burtch, DNP, MSN, APRN, ANP-C It’s the beginning of the year, and as a nurse practitioner, I have been looking for medical conferences that provide the most up-to-date information and expertise in hospital medicine. The caveat is finding one that has pharmacology hours needed for annual licensure. I prefer to attend conferences in […]
By  | January 14, 2019 |  0
“The Joint Commission – [insert name of your institution here] is in the survey window.” A message you have become accustomed to seeing every few years at your hospital–and one administrators liken to habanero sauce on a gaping cold sore. But there is something else you should know. Bet you were not aware of this […]
By  | January 7, 2019 |  0
Like you, I am focused on care transitions these days. Inpatient providers have gotten closer to mastering the hospital side of things (disease-specific care), but we still have a long way to go on broad-based QI with items such as hand washing, nosocomial infections, and patient communication. Additionally, the patient’s passage back from the wards […]
By  | December 17, 2018 |  4
According to a new survey report released by The Physicians Foundation, 80% of physicians across all specialties report being at full capacity or overextended, and 78% reported sometimes, often, or always experiencing feelings of burnout. Sixty-two percent of U.S. doctors are pessimistic about the future of medicine, and 49% wouldn’t recommend medicine as a career […]