Telehealth Policy, Practice, and Education: A Position Statement of the Society of General Internal Medicine

Chen, A., Ayub, M.H., Mishuris, R.G. et al. Telehealth Policy, Practice, and Education: a Position Statement of the Society of General Internal Medicine. J GEN INTERN MED 38, 2613–2620 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-023-08190-8

Summary: Telehealth services, specifically telemedicine audio-video and audio-only patient encounters, expanded dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic through temporary waivers and flexibilities tied to the public health emergency. Early studies demonstrate significant potential to advance the quintuple aim (patient experience, health outcomes, cost, clinician well-being, and equity). Supported well, telemedicine can particularly improve patient satisfaction, health outcomes, and equity. Implemented poorly, telemedicine can facilitate unsafe care, worsen disparities, and waste resources.

Strategy to Reduce Firearm-Related Injury and Death

Powell, R.E., Sacks, C.A. A National Research Strategy to Reduce Firearm-Related Injury and Death: Recommendations from the Health Policy Research Subcommittee of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). J GEN INTERN MED 35, 2182–2185 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-05850-x

Summary: This paper outlines a comprehensive national research strategy aimed at reducing firearm-related injuries and deaths. It is a culmination of recommendations from the Health Policy Research Subcommittee of SGIM.

SGIM Statement on Reproductive Rights

Summary: In alignment with our mission, SGIM firmly opposes any restrictions on access to reproductive health care. We are committed to promoting training, research, and clinical innovation in reproductive health within the general internal medicine community.

 

SGIM White Paper on E&M Service Codes

Summary: This white paper delves into the pressing need for the redefinition and revaluation of the outpatient Evaluation and Management (E&M) service codes. It also discusses the development of new documentation expectations.

SGIM Policy Paper on Reforming Graduate Medicine Education Funding

Jackson A, Baron RB, Jaeger J, Liebow M, Plews-Ogan M, Schwartz MD; Society of General Internal Medicine Health Policy Committee. Addressing the nation's physician workforce needs. The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) recommendations on graduate medical education reform. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Nov;29(11):1546-51. Doi: 10.1007/s11606-014-2847-4. Epub 2014 Apr 15.

Summary: This policy paper provides recommendations for graduate medicine education funding. Topics include workforce analysis, funding mechanisms, transparency, competency-based curriculum accountability, right-sizing the distribution of physician specialties, and educational innovation. The paper has been recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.