By Jane L. Lindsay, MD; Christine D. Jones, MD, MS, FHM
February 28, 2020 |  0
You are preparing to discharge Mrs. Z. She is an 86 yo retired nurse who underwent R hemiparthroplasty after a fall. Her post-operative course was complicated by mild delirium, anemia and a stage I sacral pressure injury. She is on Tylenol for pain, labs are stable and she is participating with PT/OT.  The discharge planner […]
By Ameet Doshi, MD, MBA
February 21, 2020 |  0
“Where are you?” is the first question that comes out of my patient’s mouth. Not the typical query, but then, this isn’t a ‘typical’ patient encounter. It’s actually a valid concern, considering I’m about 60 miles and two snow-strewn highways from the hospital room my patient is currently in, admitted for a COPD exacerbation. Yet, […]
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 […]
January 14, 2020 |  0
My daughter dove for the tennis ball and came up with a winner and a bloody shin. Slipping on the tennis court, running and falling around the house, tripping up the stairs, stubbing toes. All signs of a kid moving too fast for the world around them. She’s at the age where she doesn’t come […]
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 […]