The Hospitalist (Vol 18, Issue 5)
Summary: Hospitalists discuss the importance of quality and safety initiatives, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and the shift from fee-for-service to a population-based healthcare model. Dr. Michelle Mourad, director of quality and safety at University of California at San Francisco, tells us why getting involved in quality initiatives is a good move for hospitalists. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a practicing physician and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, lends insight into repercussions of reforms contained in the Affordable Care Act and shares why he sees a big risk in the ACA’s putting payment-reform risk only on providers. Dr. Ron Greeno, chief medical officer of Cogent Healthcare HMG and SHM Public Policy Committee Chair, talks about the value inherent in population-based healthcare and opportunities for hospitalists in that model. Also this month, we feature an in-depth report on SHM’s record-setting HM14 annual meeting, a look at accountable care units, and guest columnist Joe Courtney, a Congressman from Connecticut, weighs in on how his HR 1179 bill would help ease the three-midnight rule’s impact on patient care.