The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the leading medical society for hospitalists and their patients, announced its plans to celebrate the third annual National Hospitalist Day on Thursday, March 4. As hospitalists continue to serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, SHM will honor the entire hospital medicine care team on its print and digital platforms.
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), announced support of the nomination of Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA to the position of Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Murthy is a well-respected hospitalist with decades of public health expertise and brings unparalleled capability to a role that is incredibly important during a once-in-a-lifetime public health crisis.
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) recently released the COVID-19 Addendum to the 2020 State of Hospital Medicine (SoHM) Report, the latest version in its series of biennial reports on national and regional trends in hospital medicine. The COVID-19 Addendum provides insight into how a diverse group of hospitalists and hospital medicine groups (HMGs) modified operations and care plans to address the surges of COVID-19 in their communities.
On Monday December 21, 2020, Congress passed sweeping end-of-year and COVID-19 legislation that included much-needed relief from impending cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Hospitalists were originally slated to receive an estimated 8 percent reduction in their Medicare fee-for-service revenues based on finalized policies in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. According to Congressional estimates, the legislation would reduce the impact of the cuts by approximately half to two-thirds.
The COVID-19 pandemic is surging to new levels, with no sights of slowing down in the coming weeks. During the holiday season, we naturally feel increased compassion and empathy towards our friends, neighbors, and community. This year, it is more important than ever that we come together and harness that positive energy to help our communities as they continue to battle one of the most significant challenges in recent memory.
Hospitalists have been on the front lines of the pandemic since day one. They have tirelessly cared for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 nationwide, performed research studies, and led teams through times of uncertainty and chaos, among many other contributions to help manage this public health crisis.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which finalized proposed changes to Medicare reimbursement rates, including a significant negative budget neutrality adjustment. For hospitalists, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) estimates that the adjustment will amount to an estimated eight percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement rates, which will go into effect on January 1, 2021.
On Tuesday, November 10, Daniel I. Steinberg, MD, SFHM, FACP was one of ten graduate medical education program directors from across the United States to receive the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) 2021 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. This award “recognizes program directors who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency/fellowship programs and served as exemplary role models for residents and fellows” and is considered the most prestigious award in the field. Dr. Steinberg has been a respected member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) since 2003 and has continuously contributed to the success of SHM and the evolution of the hospital medicine specialty.
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) proudly announces that its award-winning Center for Quality Improvement will partner on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) “Virtual Mentored Implementation to Reduce REVISITS (Reducing Respiratory Emergent Visits using Implementation Science Interventions Tailored to Setting)” Study (NIH 1 R01 HL146644). The core objective of the five-year study is to identify scalable solutions for reducing excessive, preventable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) acute care revisits.
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the leading medical society for hospitalists and their patients, is strongly opposed to a recent proposal by the Department of Homeland Security to eliminate the “duration of status” standard associated with the J-1 visa and replace it with a fixed time period. In support of hospitalists and the care they provide patients in need, SHM sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security outlining its concerns related to the proposed change.
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the leading medical society for hospitalists and their patients, stands with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and its fellow member societies in condemning recent claims that physicians, including hospitalists, are overcounting COVID-19 deaths for financial or political gain.