By  | October 16, 2018 |  0
By: Rich Bottner, PA-C and Victoria Valencia, MPH You submit an issue to your Event Reporting System and never hear back. You discuss the need for institutional improvement with your colleagues around the water cooler, but few things seem to change. Sound familiar? Instead of passively waiting for quality improvement to happen in hospitals, organizations […]
By  | October 2, 2018 |  0
On behalf of SHM’s Practice Analysis Committee, I’m delighted to announce that the 2018 State of Hospital Medicine Report is now available! This year’s report may be the most representative yet regarding the current state of hospital medicine. Of the survey’s 569 respondent groups: 52% are employed by hospitals or health systems 25% are employed […]
By  | September 27, 2018 |  0
This article originally appeared on the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation website. While I was waiting in the pre-op area for a medical procedure, the anesthesiologist entered the room and introduced himself to me.  After asking me about my surgical and anesthesiology history, he asked about my allergies. I reported my allergy to a blue food […]
By  | September 20, 2018 |  0
Have you ever wondered if there’s a correlation between Gore-Tex® (Think: rain jacket material) and Social Media? No!? Well, I have… It turns out there may be more commonality between these topics than what one might imagine. You see, Bill Gore (the company’s founder and CEO) recognized a particular number in his manufacturing plants: 150. […]
By  | September 17, 2018 |  0
Last October, I wrote about the process some healthcare organizations are engaging in to develop written compacts between physicians and the hospitals where they practice. The point of my post was that there are inevitably some generally accepted (but rarely articulated) expectations that the two parties have of each other, and it can be valuable to […]
By  | September 12, 2018 |  1
I just heard. A colleague, a man of integrity and warmth, a hard-working physician with ideals, ethics and many valued contributions, has taken his own life. His perspectives may have differed from mine at times, but every interaction was infused with respect. He was a good man. Much has been written about the rate of […]