By  | August 8, 2018 |  0
By: Ethan Cumbler, MD, FHM, FACP Sarguni Singh, MD University of Colorado School of Medicine What’s the purpose of attending documentation on a resident’s progress note? The answer might seem obvious, but stop and think about it. Often, the attestation is a detailed exposition of the attending’s own thought process on the diagnosis, differential, and work-up […]
By  | August 1, 2018 |  3
I have a theory. There is a simple thing hospitalists can do that can enhance relationships with our patients, and even, I bet, improve patient satisfaction scores. The catch is it is not something you can do for yourself; you can only “pay it forward” for somebody else. We know patients who trust their physicians […]
By  | July 27, 2018 |  1
I was recently in a room full of powerful women in healthcare (suffering from imposter syndrome myself) for the Women of Impact annual meeting. There was one comment that stuck out to me that I had only heard in passing but not actively voiced in a meeting. Is the #MeToo movement going to result in […]
By  | July 19, 2018 |  5
So out in the varied land of hospital medicine, I have noticed something that I have no clear explanation for. It turns out there is often a gap in productivity between that of NP/PA providers and physicians. The range of the gap varies wildly – I just got off the phone with a HM group […]
By  | July 16, 2018 |  5
Before our spring break trip to New York City, a few of us in the house started to have the sniffles. As soon as my wife hears an extra sneeze, the giant pot is out, a chicken is boiling, and matzo balls are being rolled. Dinner for the next few nights will be complemented with […]
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 […]