The American Thoracic Society (ATS) will hold its 2013 International Conference May 17-22 in Philadelphia, PA. ATS 2013 will focus on subjects including pulmonary care, critical care, sleep medicine, and more. According to ATS, the conference will show attendees the connections between basic, translational, and clinical research.
Hospital Readmissions: Challenges in Pulmonary Medicine Practice - Part 1
David H. Au, MD, MS, kicked off the Hospital Readmissions session at the American Thoracic Society 2013 conference with his presentation on Defining the Role of the Practitioner, Scientist and Policymaker. In the presentation, Dr Au says that it is important for all stakeholders in the healthcare industry to focus on hospital readmission rates.
Dr. Gulshan Sharma Discusses the Hospitalist Movement
In this video, Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, addresses the hospitalist movement, which has resulted in shorter hospital stays and lower costs of care.
Hospital Readmissions: Challenges in Pulmonary Medicine Practice - Part 2
The panel at the American Thoracic Society 2013 International Conference continued discussions that suggested high rates of hospital readmissions may be an indicator of poor initial treatment, or failure to coordinate care. Further, these rates, which varied dramatically from hospital to hospital, were often excessively expensive.
The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Clinical Practice and Research
In "What Does the Affordable Care Act Actually Do?," presented by Ivor Douglas, MD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Chief, Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine Director, Medical Intensive Care, Denver Health Medical Center, at the ATS 2013 International Conference, Dr Douglas noted that fundamental issues driving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) include access, quality, and cost.