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Monthly Digest for Hospitalists

Feature Article

MACRA: What You Need to Know Now

Since Congress voted to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate, CMS has been working on the implementation of the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). A proposed final rule was submitted for public comment in May, and physicians, hospitals and other healthcare organizations weighed in with proposed changes and concerns. Due to the feedback, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt revealed the agency is considering delaying the start of MACRA.

How will MACRA affect you or your career? Do you think it should be postponed?


Feature Jobs

Pediatric Hospitalist Needed for Ongoing Locum Coverage in Colorado

Hospitalist Needed in Alabama

Internal Medicine Hospitalist Needed in Virginia for Locum Coverage

Hospitalist/Nocturnist Needed in Maryland ASAP

Locum Tenens Hospitalist Needed in Massachusetts

Hospitalist and Nocturnist Needed in Ohio


Feature Medical Mission

Haiti Medical Mission

If you’ve been searching for a way to give back, consider medical missions work. We make it easy for you to find a trip that fits your needs through our MedicalMissions.org website. Registration is free for medical volunteers and for organizations who are recruiting healthcare personnel.

Check out this issue’s featured mission trip to Haiti, sponsored by the Tallahassee-Haiti Medical Team.


Upcoming Conventions


We will be exhibiting at this upcoming convention. We hope to see you there!
Southern Hospital Medicine Conference, 10/13 – 10/15

Specialty Spotlight

New App Could Help Hospitalists Avoid Readmission Penalties

A new mobile app called Post Discharge Treatment and Readmission Predictor could help reduce hospital readmission rates, saving both the hospital and the physician readmission payment penalties. The readmission risk rate is determined based on a prediction model that is 20 percent more accurate than traditional models. The app also allows the patient to communicate directly with the doctor, which allows this doctor to analyze the latest information provided by the patient to determine a new readmission rate.


Poll Results: 85% of Respondents Worry About America’s Opioid Epidemic

The majority of you (85 percent) expressed concern, 15 percent responded they were not concerned and 0 percent selected unsure.

Poll Chart

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