Hospitalist Unionization, Journal of Hospital Medicine Research Make National News

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Media Monitoring Report: December 17, 2015 – January 9, 2016

Entering 2016, the latest SHM Media Highlights are robust, including stories on the unionization of hospitalists, Journal of Hospital Medicine alarm fatigue research, SHM member and organizational successes and a glance at the evolution of hospital medicine in 2015.

The New York Times recently covered a story based in Oregon, where a group of hospitalists banded together to fight back against their hospital for outsourcing. Dr. John Nelson was quoted, and Dr. Brad Flansbaum followed up with a blog post reacting to the story on The Hospital Leader. The Wall Street Journal recently covered Journal of Hospital Medicine research performed by Dr. Chris Bonafide and his team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, citing the need to lessen instances of alarm fatigue that could cause hospital staff to neglect true emergencies.

Member and organizational successes comprised a number of media hits since late December. Dr. Bob Wachter appeared in two stories – one in the Boston Globe highlighting his work on digital healthcare’s evolution and another naming him among the top 40 healthcare transformers for 2015 by Medical Media & Marketing. Another SHM member, Dr. Amy Beiter, President and CEO of Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, AZ, was honored as one of the 130 women hospital and health system leaders to know in Becker’s Hospital Review. A celebrated organizational success, SHM’s COPD Implementation toolkit was named as the COPD Foundation’s PRAXIS Resource of the Month for December 2015.

Hospital medicine was also highlighted in Medscape and a regional news outlet the Dothan Eagle. Reviewing clinical and practice changes in 2015, both Drs. Larry Wellikson and Brad Flansbaum were quoted on the accelerating pace of healthcare reform and value-based care and its impact on hospital medicine. In the Dothan Eagle, hospitalists were celebrated for their role in improving the quality of patient care at an Alabama hospital.


Media Highlights: December 17, 2015 – January 9, 2016

Doctors Unionize to Resist the Medical Machine

An Oregon medical center’s plan to increase efficiency by outsourcing: Doctors drove a group of its hospitalists to fight back by banding together. The outsourcing of hospitalists became relatively common in the last decade, driven by a combination of factors. There is the obvious hunger for efficiency gains. But there is also growing pressure on hospitals to measure quality and keep people healthy after they are discharged. This can be a complicated data collection and management challenge that many hospitals, especially smaller ones, are not set up for and that some outsourcing companies excel in.

January 9, 2016

The New York Times

(Dr. Brad Flansbaum’s reaction piece can be found on The Hospital Leader blog.)


At the Hospital, Better Responses to Those Beeping Alarms

In hospitals, alarms on patient-monitoring devices create a cacophony of noise day and night—beeping, pinging and ringing so often that doctors and nurses ignore them, turn them off or just stop hearing them. Now, hospitals are adopting solutions to silence or eliminate unnecessary alarms, while ensuring that staffers don’t miss alerts that could signal a life-threatening crisis. Smarter technology and more-precise monitoring practices are helping prevent false alarms, alert nurses to true emergencies, and identify deteriorating patients before an alarm signals a crisis.

January 4, 2016

Wall Street Journal


‘At the cusp’ of digital healthcare

Medicine arrived late to the information age. Years after banking, travel, retail, and most other industries went digital, hospitals and doctors’ offices still featured endlessly ringing telephones, indecipherable handwritten documents, and busy mailrooms. But in the last five years, spurred in part by the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for electronic health records, the medical world has embraced computers as a tool as vital as stethoscopes and X-rays.

December 28, 2015

Boston Globe


Dr. Robert Wachter

Wachter is well known in medical circles both for his role in growing the hospitalist movement and for his clinical acumen (he’s currently interim chair of UCSF’s department of medicine). But last year’s publication of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age exposed his thinking to a broad range of audiences, most of whom agreed with his assessment that the industry hasn’t exactly struck its digital landing.

January 4, 2016

Medical Marketing & Media


130 women hospital and health system leaders to know: 2015

Becker’s Hospital Review has named the following female leaders to its annual list of 130 women hospital and health system leaders to know. These 130 women, who are executives at hospitals and health systems across the nation, have established themselves as successful leaders within the ever-changing healthcare industry. The leaders on the list were selected based on editorial judgment and discretion of members of the Becker’s editorial team, who evaluated leaders for their management and leadership skills and career accomplishments and also read through and considered a record number of nominations.

December 28, 2015

Becker’s Hospital Review


PRAXIS Resource of the Month: SHM COPD Implementation Toolkit

Meet our December 2015 resource of the month – the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) COPD Implementation Toolkit! This 180-page toolkit is designed to help clinicians, medical directors and healthcare administrators to improve the care of patients who are hospitalized for an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. At 180 pages, the toolkit is an extensive collection of guidelines and best practices that includes many critical areas.

January 4, 2016

COPD Foundation Blog


The Year in Hospital Medicine: 2015 Clinical and Practice Changers

The field of hospital medicine was dominated by transformation in 2015, much of which was driven by US healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act. Much of the movement was toward consolidation, value-based purchasing, population- and risk-based health coverage, and the accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other integrated systems that are emerging to make those payment models succeed.

December 23, 2015



Hospitalists fill physicians’ roles in new and traditional hospital services

A partnership Southeast Alabama Medical Center has with a Florida-based physician provider may have changed the outcome Olivia Foreman said she experienced after delivering a premature baby earlier this year. Foreman’s son, who was born at 35 weeks with some complications, was the first infant cared for through SAMC’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that opened Oct. 1. Neonatologists provided through Sheridan Healthcare head the NICU, while local nurses and staff provide around-the-clock care for premature infants that are at least over 28 weeks’ gestation but experience breathing difficulties or prematurity-related infections.

December 18, 2015

Dothan Eagle

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About the Author: Brett Radler

Brett Radler
Brett Radler is the Marketing Communications Manager at the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and has been with the organization since May 2015. He is responsible for managing SHM’s blog, The Hospital Leader. In addition, Brett develops content for SHM’s monthly newsmagazine, The Hospitalist, develops and refines SHM-branded content for multiple communications channels and oversees SHM's online communities. Brett holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and also serves as on-air talent at a New Jersey radio station in his spare time.


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