Media Monitoring Report: February 4 – February 18, 2016
Hospital medicine’s growth, Journal of Hospital Medicine research, healthcare legislation, an SHM member success and the impact of big data on medicine are included in this edition of SHM Media Highlights.
An article in The Pensacola News Journal featured the pediatric hospitalist team at Sacred Heart Hospital’s pediatric residency program, noting the specialty’s growing impact at hospitals nationwide – both in pediatrics and general patient care. As additional positive press for hospital medicine, DoctorsLounge cited Journal of Hospital Medicine research, which reported increased patient satisfaction with overall care in a nonteaching hospitalist service than in a general medicine teaching service.
As the Supreme Court regroups after the passing of Justice Scalia, Modern Healthcare reviewed the impact it will have on pending healthcare legislation, including cases on abortion, self-funded insurance and fraud lawsuits against healthcare organizations. Also in the healthcare policy arena, recent legislation impacting hospital medicine from the US Appeals Court made it legal for hospitals to classify as both ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ at the same time per Medscape – a victory for urban hospitals, which said the Department of Health and Human Services’ “reclassification rule” forced it to overpay for drugs that patients needed.
Also in the news, a noteworthy accomplishment for SHM member Dr. Andrew Evans: the University of Missouri School of Medicine appointed Dr. Evans as associate dean and chief academic officer for its new clinical campus in Springfield, MO where he will also will have the title of associate professor of clinical medicine. Lastly, an article in Forbes reviewed how big data in medicine can bring the US closer to a “learning healthcare system” and refined approaches to clinical care by combining both evidence- and practice-based medicine.
Media Highlights: February 4 – February 18, 2016
Hospitalist specialty grows to fill need
Over the past 15 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of pediatric hospitalists in children’s wards and children’s hospitals around the country. The new specialty is made up of pediatricians who don’t have a practice of their own but stay in the hospital treating sick children and newborns. Dr. Peter Jennings, director of Sacred Heart Hospital’s pediatric residency program, started the pediatric hospitalist program there in 2012 because of a demand by area pediatricians. It is the only pediatric hospitalist program in the area, and it is growing.
February 8, 2016
The Pensacola News Journal
Patients More Satisfied with Care from Hospitalists
More patients report satisfaction with overall care in a nonteaching hospitalist service than in a general medicine teaching service, according to research published in the February issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Charlie M. Wray, D.O., of the University of Chicago Medical Center, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of data from a survey of 4,591 general medicine teaching patients and 1,811 nonteaching hospitalist service patients at 30 days after discharge. The association between service type and patient-reported outcomes was examined.
February 8, 2016
Justice Scalia’s death leaves healthcare cases in limbo
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who famously said the Affordable Care Act should be called “SCOTUScare,” leaves in limbo a number of healthcare-related cases. The news also quickly sparked a debate over who would replace him amid the presidential campaign. Supreme Court justices are considering a number of important healthcare cases focusing on topics including abortion and the ACA’s contraception mandate.
February 13, 2016
Hospitals Can Be ‘Urban’ and ‘Rural’ at the Same Time – US Appeals Court
The federal appeals court in New York struck down a U.S. regulation that made it harder for hospitals to provide better medical care at lower cost by claiming they were “rural” for some purposes and “urban” for others. Thursday’s decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for hospitals in urban areas including the acute care Lawrence + Memorial Hospital of New London, Connecticut, which said the Department of Health and Human Services’ “reclassification rule” forced it to overpay for drugs that patients needed.
February 5, 2016
MU School of Medicine names leader for new Springfield campus
The University of Missouri School of Medicine appointed Dr. Andrew Evans as associate dean and chief academic officer for its new clinical campus in Springfield. Evans also will have the title of associate professor of clinical medicine. His appointment is effective next Monday. Evans, a hospitalist at Mercy Clinic Springfield since 2003, is board-certified in internal medicine. He is a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
February 8, 2016
KYTV-TV Springfield, MO
How Big Data Is Transforming Medicine
When we visit our doctor or go into hospital, we have faith in the knowledge that the healthcare professionals involved are treating us according to proven scientific methods, otherwise known as evidence-based medicine (EBM). This means they’re prescribing drugs or selecting treatment methods that have proven successful in clinical research. In order to safeguard participants and improve reliability, clinical trials have to meet rigorous scientific standards. However, that’s not to say there is no risk of methodological flaws, or that the small-ish populations used in clinical trials always generalize well outside of a particular study. This is where big data can help. By mining the world of practice-based clinical data—i.e. actual patient records—for information on who has what condition and what treatments are working, we could learn a lot about the way we care for individuals.
February 16, 2016