Key Issues of Health Care Policy

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has identified critical health care policy areas that impact hospital medicine. Learn how you can get involved in SHM’s advocacy efforts at the links below.


Physician Value-Based Payment

Physician value-based payment combines quality reporting in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and cost measures to adjust Medicare fee schedule payments for the value of care provided.



Health Information Technology

Medicare’s pay-for-performance program designed to incent hospitals on meeting certain performance thresholds.




Health Information Technology

Encompassing Meaningful Use, electronic health records and health information exchanges, health information technology (HIT) is already changing healthcare and will mean even more changes in the future.



SGR and Payment Reform

Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula to adjust physician payments is flawed and not functional. Learn how SHM is working to move beyond the SGR and into new payment systems.



Physician Quality Reporting System

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is Medicare's quality measurement effort for physicians.




Observation Status

Policies for observation status and the inpatient admission decision put significant pressure on hospitalists and their patients. Learn more about SHM's efforts to improve observation policy.