Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
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March 2020
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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Report from the DMPG Retreat
Michael LazarusRoger Lee MDOver 350 faculty attended the 4th annual Department of Medicine Professional Group retreat, including over 100 members of the Division of GIM/HSR.  Presenters at the Division Meeting Drs. Michael Lazarus and Roger Lee of the Section of Hospitalist Medicine, described  the “Refer to Hospitalist, Adult” order in CareConnect and Haiku that results in an immediate/ASAP call back from the admitting community hospitalist (valid for all hospitals except RRMC and SM UCLA).  Faculty are encouraged to call for any patient going to a community ED who might be admitted, even if admission is not certain.  For some hospitals, direct admission can be arranged.  Hospitalists can provide information, including services available at a particular hospital.  For RRMC and SM UCLA admissions, as well as when it’s unclear which hospital to refer a patient to, 1-855-884-4100 is the number to call for information and referral.   Drs. Maria Han and  Ashley Busuttil of GIM presented on outpatient and inpatient quality initiatives, along with Dr. Fola May of the Division of Digestive Diseases.

Maria Han DMPG retreat
GIM/HSR faculty presented or facilitated workshops on Caring for Gender Diverse Patients, Improving the Educational Experience for Medical Students, Benefits, CareConnect and Haiku, Improving Inpatient Billing, and Certification for Suboxone Subscribing. 

GIM in the Media
David Eisenman Good Morning AmericaGIM's Dr. David Eisenman, also Professor in our Fielding School of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Public Health and Disasters, was interviewed for the for a Good Morning America piece on the realities of use of facemasks as protection against the coronavirus

Dr. Eisenman also provided guidance for a New York Times advisory article, "Is Travel to Italy and Asia Safe? Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered," over the weekend.


Joann Elmore CBS This MorningDr. Joann Elmore, Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Care Delivery, was featured on CBS This Morning.  The piece, "Artificial intelligence aims to improve breast cancer diagnoses," had her discuss her use of computer A.I. to better interpret breast biopsies. GIM Division Manager, Norma Vaquerano, was also featured in the piece, sharing her personal experience of dealing with a false positive diagnosis.  

Dr. Elmore was also quoted in a Reuters article, "Patients Often Puzzled by Medical Test Reports," spotlighting a new JAMA Dermatology article, "Dermatopathologists’ Experience With and Perceptions of Patient Online Access to Pathologic Test Result Reports," on which she was senior author.
UCLA Health on COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus
CoronavirusFor information updated daily about the response to COVID-19 from UCLA Health, including FAQs about clinical protocols and video updates from Dr. Dan Uslan, Clinical Chief of the UCLA Division of Infectious Diseases, visit the Mednet webpage, or click here: UCLA Health COVID-19 Information.
Upcoming GIM Events & Seminars
GIM Friday Noon Seminar Series

Maria Han, MDSteve Asch
March 6 - Maria Han, MD, MPH
"Quality Improvement in the Department of Medicine"
March 13 - Steve Asch, MD, MPH (Stanford)
March 20 - Lauren Wisk, PhD
March 27 - No Seminar (César Chávez Holiday)

1100 Glendon, 7th floor, Suite 710, Conference Room 725.  Lunch served.  Live streaming webinar and conference line at 
(669) 900-6833, Meeting ID 588 355 752
New GIM Publications

A Decomposition Method to Assess the Contributions of Geographic and Nongeographic Factors to White-Black Disparities in Health Care. Huckfeldt PJ, Escarce JJ, Pane JD, Popescu I. Med Care. 2020 Mar;58(3):e16-e22. PMID: 32106169

Using Geographic Information System Mapping in Emergency Management: Expanding the Role of Nurses in Home Based Primary Care. Katzburg JR, Bradley SE, Lind JD, Fickel J, Ripley DC, Ong MK, Bergman AA, Fleming M, Lee LB, Tubbesing SA. Nurs Clin North Am. 2020 Mar;55(1):81-95.  Epub 2019 Dec 25. Review. PMID: 32005368

Factors Associated with Differential Readmission Diagnoses Following Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Buhr RG, Jackson NJ, Dubinett SM, Kominski GF, Mangione CM, Ong MK. J Hosp Med. 2020 Feb 11;15(2):e1-e9. 

Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. US Preventive Services Task Force, Owens DK, Davidson KW, Krist AH, Barry MJ, Cabana M, Caughey AB, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Pbert L, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. JAMA. 2020 Feb 25;323(8):757-763.  PMID: 32096858

Evaluating Treatment Tolerability in Cancer Clinical Trials using the Toxicity Index. Gresham G, Diniz MA, Razaee ZS, Luu M, Kim S, Hays RD, Piantadosi S, Tighiouart M, Yothers G, Ganz PA, Rogatko A. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Feb 24. pii: djaa028.[Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32091598

Understanding Gender Sensitivity of the Health Care Workforce at the Veterans Health Administration. Than C, Chuang E, Washington DL, Needleman J, Canelo I, Meredith LS, Yano EM. Womens Health Issues. 2020 Feb 22. pii: S1049-3867(20)30001-3.  [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32094056

A Review of Best Practices for Monitoring and Improving Inpatient Pediatric Patient Experiences. Quigley DD, Palimaru A, Lerner C, Hays RD. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Feb 18. pii: hpeds.2019-0243. . [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 32071119

Reducing cardiovascular risk among people living with HIV: Rationale and design of the INcreasing Statin Prescribing in HIV Behavioral Economics REsearch (INSPIRE) randomized controlled trial. Takada S, Ober AJ, Currier JS, Goldstein NJ, Horwich TB, Mittman BS, Shu SB, Tseng CH, Vijayan T, Wali S, Cunningham WE, Ladapo JA. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2020 Feb 18. pii: S0033-0620(20)30052-9.. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 32084445

The influence of race in older adults with infective endocarditis. Harris CM, Khaliq W, Albaeni A, Norris KC. BMC Infect Dis. 2020 Feb 17;20(1):146. PMID: 32066397

Certificate of need and the cost of competition in home healthcare markets. Ettner SL, Zinn JS, Xu H, Ladd H, Nuccio E, Sorkin DH, Mukamel DB. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2020 Feb 14:1-14. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32058854

Research translation for military and veteran health: research, practice, policy. Haibach JP, Hoerster KD, Dorflinger L, McAndrew LM, Cassidy DG, Goodrich DE, Bormann JE, Lowery J, Asch SM, Raffa SD, Moin T, Peterson AL, Goldstein MG, Neal-Walden T, Talcott GW, Hunter CL, Knight SJ. Transl Behav Med. 2020 Feb 11. pii: ibz195. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32043529

Adherence to the SEP-1 Sepsis Bundle in Hospital-Onset v. Community-Onset Sepsis: a Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. Baghdadi JD, Wong MD, Uslan DZ, Bell D, Cunningham WE, Needleman J, Kerbel R, Brook R. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32040837

Out-of-pocket spending and financial burden among low income adults after Medicaid expansions in the United States: quasi-experimental difference-in-difference study. Gotanda H, Jha AK, Kominski GF, Tsugawa Y. BMJ. 2020 Feb 5;368:m40. PMID: 32024637

Sitters as a Patient Safety Strategy to Reduce Hospital Falls: A Systematic Review. Greeley AM, Tanner EP, Mak S, Begashaw MM, Miake-Lye IM, Shekelle PG. Ann Intern Med. 2020 Feb 4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32016286

Ultrasound detects synovitis in replaced and other surgically operated joints in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Choate EA, Kaeley GS, Brook J, Altman RD, FitzGerald JD, Floegel-Shetty AR, Elashoff DA, Ranganath VK. BMC Rheumatol. 2020 Feb 3;4:8. eCollection 2020. PMID: 32025629

Computerized adaptive testing and short form development for child and adolescent oral health patient-reported outcomes measurement. Shen J, Hays RD, Wang Y, Marcus M, Maida CA, Xiong D, Lee SY, Spolsky VW, Coulter ID, Crall JJ, Liu H. Clin Exp Dent Res. 2020 Feb;6(1):124-133. Epub 2019 Dec 28. PMID: 32067398

Patient Engagement in a Large-Scale Change Initiative: "As Safe as Possible, as Soon as Possible". Burns KK, Davis D, Popescu I, Laeeque H, Kossey S, Misfeldt R, Thrall C. Healthc Q. 2020 Feb;22(SP):27-39. PMID: 32049613

Incidentally Discovered Ochronosis Explaining Decades of Chronic Pain. Reyes A, Hashemi L. Fed Pract. 2020 Jan;37(1):48-52. PMID: 32047356

Implementation of HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis in a Homeless Primary Care Setting at the Veterans Affairs. Gregg E, Linn C, Nace E, Gelberg L, Cowan B, Fulcher JA. J Prim Care Community Health. 2020 Jan-Dec;11:2150132720908370. PMID: 32100617

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