By  | November 29, 2018 |  0
By: Aram A. Namavar, MS and Patricia Seymour, MS, MD, FAAFP, FHM The seasons are changing, NBA basketball has returned, and the fourth-year medical students are traveling across the nation for their residency interviews. These exciting times also coincide with the opening of the SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant Program applications as well as project […]
By  | November 5, 2018 |  1
Suppose I told you one of your patients: –Didn’t vote in the last five elections –Bought a 24 pack of Snickers bars and 12 pack of Cheetos on Amazon every three months –Participates in a  Burger King Whopper loyalty discount program –Owns a Harley Davidson What conclusions would you draw as they relate to future […]
By  | October 23, 2018 |  4
If you are not doing Schwartz Rounds, get them started. ASAP. I recently completed a 4-year tenure as physician moderator for our hospital’s Schwartz Rounds. An amazing team at my hospital helped pull the bi-monthly sessions together. These compassionate care rounds are a national initiative to help foster empathy and compassion in the healthcare setting. […]
By  | September 10, 2018 |  1
I am going to teach you something you do not know. I am almost sure of it. Warm handoffs–a term you often hear within the confines of hospital walls when transferring a patient service to service or ward to ward. You do it in-house, but its unlikely you make the same connection when you discharge […]
By  | July 11, 2018 |  3
In my previous post, I discussed the challenges associated with measuring hospitalists’ patient satisfaction scores. I noted that CMS never designed the HCAHPS survey to evaluate the performance of individual providers or groups; it is only valid for assessing hospital-level performance related to patients’ experience of care. I also reviewed some structural impediments that likely […]
By  | June 26, 2018 |  2
JAMA just published the largest trial I have seen on a Hospital at Home (HAH) model to date and the first one out in the last few years. It comes from Mount Sinai in NYC–who have led the pack in this style of care if national presentations are the judge. They launched the program three […]