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 19, 2019 |  0
As if you didn’t have enough things stressing you out right now with both the holidays and flu season upon us, I thought I’d offer up a friendly reminder that we are now less than a month away from launching SHM’s 2020 State of Hospital Medicine Survey. We barely get to catch our breath from […]
December 17, 2019 |  3
Two notable hospitalist studies out late last month–one from JAMA, and the other from JHM. First up: Association of the Work Schedules of Hospitalists with Patient Outcomes of Hospitalization In this cohort study of 3 years of Medicare data from 229 hospitals in TX, covering 114K medical admissions of patients with a 3-day to 6-day […]
October 15, 2019 |  1
This from NEJM: “However, it is unclear whether current rating systems are meeting stakeholders’ needs. Such rating systems frequently publish conflicting ratings: Hospitals rated highly on one publicly reported hospital quality system are often rated poorly on another. This provides conflicting information for patients seeking care and for hospitals attempting to use the data to identify real […]
By Moises Auron, MD, SFHM
September 27, 2019 |  0
By: Moises Auron, MD, SFHM It is a well-known fact that healthcare expenditure in the United States occupies a large proportion of its gross domestic product, being 17.8% in 2016, which was almost twice to what is expended in other advanced countries; however, this expenditure does not necessarily translate into optimal patient outcomes. In 2012, […]