Friday, March 4, 2011

The Hospitalist Leader is a cool blog

I like the blog The Hospitalist Leader. If you go there now, you will find thoughtful posts on medical malpractice, the need to move to electronic medical records and how well the ARRA monies designed to speed EMR adoption worked, couched in the context of world hunger, and a beautiful piece reflecting on what it means to be a human being, alive and moving toward death (the video from '35-'41 minutes is especially moving because it is given to a room of NIH scientists). Archived materials include analytical and reasoned consideration of sticky topics such as physician pay.

The rise of the 'hospitalist'--or a physician with a totally hospital-based practice that is not necessarily in an academic teaching hospital is one of the more interesting changes in medicine the past 10 years or so. I am sometimes unsure if hospitalist is a specialty (I think it is) or a job description (I think it is this as well), but I think that such physicians are trailblazers in the sense that many of them are working as salaried professionals, without an incentive to over or under provide. Of curse there are probably incentives that may be quite explicit and others that are implicit. In any event, you should check out this blog.

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