From the Society

Looking into the future and making history

Emergence of population health management


For the first time ever, on March 7, 2019, tens of thousands of hospitalists across the United States and around the world will celebrate their day, National Hospitalist Day.

Dr. Nasim Afsar of the Society of Hospital Medicine Public Policy Committee

Dr. Nasim Afsar

On this day, we will honor the hard work and dedication of hospitalists in the care of millions of hospitalized patients. With more than 62,000 hospitalists across the United States, hospital medicine has been the fastest growing medical specialty and among the largest of all specialties in medicine. Hospitalists now lead clinical care in over 75% of U.S. hospitals, caring for patients in their communities. We educate the future providers of health care by serving as teachers and mentors. We push the boundaries of science in hospital care through innovative research that defines the evidence-based practices for our field. Hospitalists, proudly celebrate all that we have accomplished together on March 7, and moving forward, every first Thursday in March annually.

The Society for Hospital Medicine’s celebration of National Hospitalist Day will include spotlights on hospitalists, a social medical campaign, downloadable customizable posters, and much more. Stay tuned for details!

Attend the only meeting designed just for you

Be among the thousands of hospitalists who will celebrate hospital medicine in person at Hospital Medicine 2019 (HM19), March 24-27 in National Harbor, Md.

While at HM19, check out more than 20 educational tracks, including clinical updates, diagnostic reasoning, and health policy. New this year are two mini tracks: “Between the Guidelines” and “Clinical Mastery”. Between the Guidelines explores how we can address some of the most challenging cases we encounter in hospital medicine, where clear guidelines don’t exist. Clinical Mastery is designed to enhance our bedside diagnostic skills, from ECGs to ultrasounds.

Get ready to vote in HM19’s “The Great Debate” – pairing two talented clinicians who will debate opposing sides of challenging clinical decisions that we encounter on the front lines of health care delivery. Attendees have the opportunity to hear the two sides and then vote on who they believe has the right approach. There are six precourses planned for HM19, with a new offering in Palliative Care and Pain Management. This year, the annual conference also features additional sessions for our NP/PA attendees. They include specific workshops as well as a track that includes 4 didactic sessions. Lastly, HM19 will offer CME, MOC, AOS, AAFP, and Pharmacology credits to address the needs of our attendees.

Looking into the future

While hospitalists are a vital part of U.S. health care, our delivery systems are in transition with greater focus on value-based care. To ensure hospital medicine continues to thrive in today’s dynamic scene, SHM’s Board of Directors held a strategic meeting in October 2018 to focus on the role of hospitalists and hospital medicine in population health management.

There are many hospitalists across the nation who are currently involved in population health management. These range from medical directors to vice presidents of accountable care organizations, population health management, or value-based care. Hospitalists are seeking communities focused on population health management to share best practices and learn from each other. To address this, SHM’s Advocacy and Public Policy HMX community has served as a meeting point to discuss issues related to value-based care. To join the discussion, visit the community by logging in at Furthermore, at HM19, hospitalists will have the opportunity to meet face to face regarding these issues in the Advocacy Special Interest Forum.


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