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New assessment tool designed to improve care provided at hospitals
Date:2/3/2014

A new assessment tool published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine can help hospital medicine groups across the country improve their patient care and make their operations more effective.

Published as "The Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective HMG," the self-assessment tool is comprised of 47 different characteristics of effective hospital medicine groups (HMGs) sorted into ten different principles. It outlines characteristics like the development of an annual budget, care coordination across care settings and "care that respects and responds to patient and family preferences, needs and values."

There is continuing growth in the specialty of hospital medicine, which concerns the medical care of acutely ill hospitalized patients. There are now more than 40,000 hospitalistsor doctors specialized in the care of patients in the hospitalacross the United States. The Society of Hospital Medicine, which facilitated the creation of the characteristics, estimates that hospitalists are currently caring for patients in more than 3,200 hospitals.

The capabilities and performance of HMGs vary significantly, and there are few guidelines that HMGs can use as tools to help them improve. To address this deficiency, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and a panel of experts identified the key principles and characteristics of an effective HMG.

"Just seven years ago, SHM's Core Competencies outlined what it meant to be a hospitalist. Today, we propose a framework that defines what it means to be an effective hospitalist group," said SHM president Eric Howell, MD, SFHM. "It's our hope that hospitalists, hospital executives and anyone involved in the care of hospitalized patients will use the framework to assess their hospitalist programs and improve them as appropriate."

Over a 2-year period, the principles and characteristics were developed based on expert opinion supplemented by feedback from more than 2
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