The Society of Hospital Medicine recognizes 2016 as the Year of the Hospitalist, commemorating 20 years since the term hospitalist was coined and the Society of Hospital Medicine was formed. Bob Wachter and Lee Goldman sparked the latent hospitalist movement with an article titled ‘The emerging role of ‘hospitalists’ in the American Healthcare System’ in an August 1996 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Several weeks later, John Nelson and I, both practicing hospitalists, formed the Society of Hospital Medicine (then incorporated in 1997).
An equally important reason to call 2016 the Year of the Hospitalist is that it marks the first full year of participation by a number of large and medium hospitalist practices as Episode Initiators in Medicare’s Bundled Payment for Care Improvement initiative. This is perhaps the most significant development in the field of hospital medicine since patient safety as a discipline transformed the work of hospitalists some 16 years ago. With bundled payments, hospitalist practices are at the vanguard of physicians assuming risk in the Medicare program and launching into alternative payment models on a broad scale. In partnership with Remedy as their Awardee Convener, hospitalist practices are managing more than $4 billion of Medicare spending per year, or about one third of the total BPCI program.
Remedy and its partner hospitalists will figure prominently in the program of SHM’s Annual Meeting.
Here are some highlights:
- I will be faculty for a day-long pre-course, “The Highly Effective Hospital Medicine Group” on March 6. We will teach the foundations of next-generation hospitalist programs.
- Remedy will hold a reception for our partners the evening of March 6.
- I will be joined by John Nelson and Bob Wachter in kicking off the main conference for the 4,000 attendees. We’ll tee up keynotes Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General, and Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for HIT and Acting Assistant Secretary, Health and Human Services.
Several presentations will feature thought leaders from Remedy and its partner hospitalists. These include:
- “Optimizing Care for Complex Patient Across the Continuum” by Mike Kedansky, CMO for Transitional Care Services, Sound Physicians.
- “The SGR is Repealed…What to Expect from MACRA, MIPS, and APMs" by Ron Greeno, Chief Strategy Officer, IPC Healthcare.
- “Building and Managing a PAC Practice” by Jerry Wilborn, National Medical Director, Post Acute Services, IPC Healthcare.
- “Moving from Fee for Service to Value-based Purchasing and Bundled Payment Models” by Rob Bessler, Founder and CEO, Sound Physicians and Win Whitcomb, MD, MHM, Chief Medical Officer, Remedy Partners
- “Professional Development, Seniority and Practice Models” by Chad Whelan, CMO, Loyola University Health System, Trinity Health.