SHM Member Research Breakthroughs, Pediatric HM Subspecialty & More in HM News

­SHM & Hospital Medicine in the News: September 28 – October 12, 2017
Check out the latest hospital medicine and SHM-related stories in mainstream and healthcare news. For the full stories, click on the links below:

Saving Blood: The Relatively Simple Task of Blood Management
Want to save your bosses some money and improve patient safety? Improve your blood transfusion practices. A study published in the August 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety found that by eliminating unnecessary red blood cell (RBC) transfusions, researchers were able to save their hospital over $1 million per year.

October 10, 2017
Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
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Controversy Lingers Regarding Pediatric Hospital Medicine Subspecialty
The American Board of Medical Specialties’ November 2016 recognition of pediatric hospital medicine as an official subspecialty formally capped years of debate within the pediatric community. On the surface, the question of whether or not pediatric hospital medicine should be a board-certified specialty now seems moot. Clinicians are currently creating the board certification exam—which will first be offered in October 2019—and pediatric hospital medicine fellowships are proliferating in anticipation of increased demand. Yet questions regarding the necessity and impact of subspecialty certification linger.

October 9, 2017
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Longer Hospital Stay Linked to Low Health Literacy
Low health literacy is associated with a longer hospital length of stay among general medicine patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Ethan G. Jaffee, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted an in-hospital cohort study of patients who were admitted or transferred to the general medicine service at the University of Chicago between October 2012 and November 2015.

October 11, 2017
Clinical Advisor
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SNFs Seek Relief From Three-Day Hospital Stay Requirement
Skilled nursing facilities and their partners are pushing hard to reform a half-century-old law that requires a hospital-inpatient stay spanning three midnights to qualify patients for Medicare coverage at nursing homes. Led by the American Health Care Association, which represents 13,500 long-term and post-acute care facilities, a coalition of nearly three dozen national organizations is seeking to change the law, contending the three-day stay requirement is outdated and denies Medicare beneficiaries access to medically necessary services.

October 9, 2017
HealthLeaders Media
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Felicia Steele

Felicia joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in November of 2016 and serves as the Marketing Communications Specialist. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day social media engagement, developing content that supports SHM’s brand and core values, monitoring SHM’s media coverage and assisting in the moderation of SHM’s online community, HMX.

Prior to her role at SHM, Ms. Steele was the Sales & Marketing Assistant at The MandMarblestone Group, LLC, a tax law consulting firm. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Health from Temple University.

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