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Society of Hospital Medicine Releases 2018 State of Hospital Medicine Report

October 08, 2018

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Biennial Report Provides Extensive Insight into Evolving Trends in Hospital Medicine Group Configuration and Operation

Last week, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) released the 2018 State of Hospital Medicine (SoHM) Report, the latest version in its series of biennial reports on national and regional trends in hospital medicine. Data included in the SoHM Report encompasses hospitalist compensation and production in addition to practice demographics, staffing levels, turnover, staff growth and financial support. This data assists practice administrators, HMG leaders, hospital executives, consultants and researchers in benchmarking their HMGs against others to inform management decisions on staffing, compensation and more.

“The SoHM Report is a vital resource for any practice leader, scheduler, job seeker or hospital executive,” explains Eric Howell, MD, MHM, Chief Operating Officer of SHM and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. “Our goal at SHM is to help hospital medicine groups provide exceptional patient care and support hospitalist job satisfaction, and the Report is a prime example of how SHM supports HMGs in those key areas.”

The Report is derived from a survey that is distributed to hospital medicine groups (HMGs) every other year. SHM’s Practice Analysis Committee discusses and reviews topics surveyed, fine tunes the questions and releases the survey to the hospital medicine community. Once the results are in, the committee and SHM staff analyze the results and produce the Report.

In addition to topics covered in previous versions, the 2018 Report includes new questions focused on hospitalist co-management roles with surgical and medical subspecialties, utilization of dedicated admitters, coverage of unfilled positions and more. Two key findings from the 2018 Report include:

  • Groups performing work in post-acute settings increased to 25 percent versus 13 percent in the 2016 Report.
  • Two-thirds of HMGs reported open positions during the year, with a median of 12 percent of their hospitalist jobs unfilled.

The 2018 SoHM Report is available in print only, a bundle of print and digital or digital only. The digital version is fully responsive and accessible on both desktop and mobile devices. For more information and to purchase the 2018 State of Hospital Medicine Report, visit