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Medscape - Medical News - October 9, 2019

Medscape highlighted Dr. Lindenauer's JAMA editorial "Unexpected harm from an intensive COPD intervention" in their article “New analysis reverses findings for post-discharge COPD program.”

NEJM Journal Watch - October 8, 2019

The NEJM Associate Editor’s Informing Practice piece highlighted Drs. Lagu, Lindenauer, Stefan, Pekow, and Pack's Journal of Hospital Medicine publication in their article “What Potassium Levels Are Best for Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure?

ACP Hospitalist - July 31, 2019

The ACP Hospitalist highlighted Drs. Pekow, Stefan, Shieh, Pack, Lindenauer, & Lagu's article in the Journal of Hospital Medicine in their article "Serum potassium repletion for mild abnormalities didn't affect outcomes in heart failure exacerbations."

NIH News Releases - July 24, 2019

NIH announced that Dr. Peter Friedmann and Dr. Elizabeth Evans were awarded $10 million of funding from NIDA to be part of the creation of the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) in their article "NIH establishes network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings."

UMass School of Public Health & Health Sciences - July 24, 2019

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences highlighted the $10 million award of funding from NIDA to Dr. Peter Friedmann and Dr. Elizabeth Evans, as well as an interview with Dr. Evans in their article "UMass researchers receive $10 million grant to study jail-based opioid addiction treatment program." 

Cardiovascular Business - July 2, 2019

Cardiovascular Business highlighted Dr. Pack’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Study supports more selective echo usage in AMI patients.”

TCTMD/The Heart Beat - June 20, 2019

The TCTMD featured an interview with Dr. Pack’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Echo for Acute MI Ups Hospital Stays and Costs, Without Boosting Outcomes.”

Health Imaging - June 19, 2019

Health Imaging highlighted Dr. Pack’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “High echo usage comes with increased costs, no difference in outcomes.”

Healio - Primary Care Today - June 17, 2019

Healio highlighted Dr. Pack’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Echocardiography use for acute myocardial infarction tied to higher costs, longer hospital stays, no clinical benefits.”

UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) - April 2, 2019

Aruna Priya, MA, MSc, IHDPS biostatistician, won 3rd place in the research poster competition at UMass SPHHS Research Day. Her poster was focused on the impact of pulmonary rehabilitation initiation for COPD, utilizing data from Dr. Lindenauer’s R01 grant.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine - March 27, 2019

Dr. Westafer had her K12 project selected to be featured as UMMS-Baystate's oral presentation at the plenary session of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine's 23rd New England Regional Meeting.

The Society of Hospital Medicine - March 25, 2019

Dr. Lagu was the recipient of this year’s Award of Excellence in Research from the Society of Hospital Medicine, announced at the annual SHM conference.

Medwire News - February 7, 2019

Medwire News highlighted Dr. Stefan’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “No benefit of antibiotic treatment for hospitalised asthma patients.”

ACP Hospitalist Weekly - February 6, 2019

The ACP Hospitalist Weekly newsletter highlighted Dr. Stefan’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Antibiotic use common during asthma hospitalizations, associated with longer stay.”

ED Legal Letter - February 1, 2019

ED Legal Letter featured Dr. Schoenfeld’s work in their article “Shared decision-making in ED mitigates malpractice risk.”

Medscape - Medical News - January 30, 2019

Medscape highlighted Dr. Stefan’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Antibiotics tied to longer hospital stays for asthma.”

Emergency Medicine Literature of Note - January 29, 2019

Emergency Medicine Literature of Note highlighted Dr. Stefan’s publication in their post “Antibiotics & Hospitalization for Asthma.”

MD Magazine - January 28, 2019

MD Magazine highlighted Dr. Stefan’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Antibiotics linked to increased hospital stay for exacerbated asthmatics.”

MedPage Today - January 28, 2019

MedPage Today highlighted Dr. Stefan’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Antibiotics lead to longer hospital stays for asthma.”

MDLinx – Emergency Medicine - January 28, 2019

MDLinx highlighted Dr. Stefan’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Antibiotics provide no added benefit in severe asthma flares.”

NEJM Journal Watch - January 28, 2019

The NEJM Associate Editor’s Informing Practice piece highlighted Dr. Stefan’s JAMA-IM publication in their article “Are Antibiotics Helpful in Asthma Exacerbations?

Healio – Primary Care Today - January 28, 2019

Healio interviewed Dr. Stefan about her publication in their article “Antibiotics linked to longer hospital stay for asthma

MedPage Today - January 27, 2019

MedPage Today highlighted Dr. Schoenfeld’s Annals of Emergency Medicine publication in their article “Shared decision-making may sway patients’ idea of fault, liability.”

HealthLeaders - January 18, 2019

HealthLeaders interviewed Dr. Schoenfeld about her publication in their article “Embrace this technique to reduce lawsuits and complaints

NEJM Journal Watch - January 15, 2019

The NEJM Associate Editor’s Informing Practice piece highlighted Dr. Schoenfeld’s publication in their article “How might Shared Decision Making influence litigiousness?”

2018

MD Magazine - December 10, 2018

MD Magazine featured an interview with Dr. Lindenauer about pulmonary rehab in their article "COPD Pulmonary Rehab Referral Rates Remain Low, Despite Guideline Recommendations"

Everyday Health - December 6, 2018

Everyday Health featured an interview with Dr. Lindenauer about pulmonary rehab and the recent PR publication in their article “Most COPD Patients Are Missing Out on Pulmonary Rehab Benefits.”

COPD News Today - December 4, 2018

COPD News Today featured an article "Few COPD Patients Enroll in Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Despite Benefits, Study Shows" for Drs. Spitzer, Stefan, Pack, Pekow, Lagu, and Lindenauer’s recent article.

SiriusXM Doctor Radio - December 3, 2018

Dr. Peter Lindenauer was interviewed live for Doctor Radio's Rehabilitative Medicine hour with Dr. Jonathan Whiteson.

US News & World Report, and HealthDay - November 15, 2018

Dr. Kerry Spitzer was quoted in US News & World Report and HealthDay as the lead author of a study on COPD.

American Thoracic Society - November 12, 2018

ATS featured a press release "COPD Patients Rarely Receive Pulmonary Rehabilitation Despite its Health Benefits" for Drs. Spitzer, Stefan, Pack, Pekow, Lagu, and Lindenauer’s recent articleEurekAlert and MedicalXpress also featured the ATS press release on their sites.

Healio-CardiologyToday - September 18, 2018

The CardiologyToday section of Healio featured an interview with Dr. Quinn Pack about his recent publication in JAHA in their article “Nicotine replacement therapy safe for smokers hospitalized with CHD.”

MedShadow - July 9, 2018

MedShadow featured an interview with Dr. Mihaela Stefan and highlighted her research into prescribing antibiotics for asthma patients.

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety (PPAHS) Podcast - June 27, 2018

The PPAHS interviewed the Society of Hospital Medicine COPD Team, including Dr. Peter Lindenauer, for their podcast “COPD's Role in Respiratory Compromise.”

EurekAlert! - June 20, 2018

EurekAlert! featured Dr. Elizabeth Schoenfeld’s recent publication in Academic Emergency Medicine in their article “Emergency department patients want to be invited to share in medical decision-making.”

Medical Xpress - June 20, 2018

Medical Xpress featured Dr. Elizabeth Schoenfeld’s recent publication in Academic Emergency Medicine in their article “Emergency department patients want to be invited to share in medical decision-making.”

Pulmonology Advisor - May 23, 2018

Longer Hospital Stay, Higher Costs with Unwarranted Antibiotics in Asthma Exacerbations” highlighted the abstract Dr. Mihaela Stefan presented at the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

News Medical - May 23, 2018

News Medical's article, “Unnecessary antibiotic use for asthma exacerbations linked to increased hospital stays, costs,” featured Dr. Mihaela Stefan’s abstract presented at the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Healio - May 22, 2018

Dr. Mihaela Stefan was interviewed for their article, "Unnecessary antibiotic use in patients with asthma may increase hospital stay, cost," for Healio's Infectious Disease News section.

EurekAlert! - May 22, 2018

Unnecessary antibiotic use in asthma exacerbations may increase hospital stay, costs” highlighted the abstract Dr. Mihaela Stefan presented at the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

Healthline - April 8, 2018

Dr. Tara Lagu and other experts on physician ratings were interviewed about their article, “Why you should be wary of online reviews of doctors,” for Healthline’s Health News section.

WGBH - April 5, 2018

"Opioid Overdose Increase in Western Massachusetts," the focus of a WGBY Connecting Point segment, featured the report of an unusual cluster of opioid overdoses linked to the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl recognized by Dr. Gerald Beltran and his colleagues at the BMC ED. Beltran, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, and Dr. Peter Friedmann, BH's Chief Research Officer and an expert on opioid addiction, were interviewed.

Physician’s Weekly - January 29, 2018

Dr. Mihaela Stefan was interviewed about her recent publication “The comparative effectiveness of noninvasive and invasive ventilation in patients with pneumonia.”

Pulmonary Health Hub - January 4, 2018

Dr. Peter Lindenauer’s publication “Readmission & Death After Hospitalization for COPD” was featured in the “Clinical Edge” section, which highlights summaries of must-read clinical literature, guidelines, and FDA actions.

2017

MassAppeal - November 27, 2017

"Baystate Medical Center opioid forum" features a discussion with Dr. Peter Friedmann about the opioid epidemic and its immense impact on Western Massachusetts. Dr. Friedmann also discussed the upcoming public forum, "Reducing Opioid Deaths - What Works?," where national experts, and regional and community leaders will discuss ways to reduce deaths from opioid overdose.

MassLive - November 22, 2017

"'Reducing Opioid Deaths' public forum set" discussed the free public forum, "Reducing Opioid Deaths - What Works?," which was co-sponsored by UMASS Medical School-Baystate. Dr. Peter Friedmann, Baystate Health’s Chief Research Officer, was one of the featured speakers at the forum.

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s TCTMD - August 23, 2017

"Smoking Cessation Drugs: Missed Opportunity for Patients Hospitalized for CHD" discusses Quinn R. Pack’s October 2017 JAMA Internal Medicine research letter “Smokers Hospitalized for CHD Rarely Receive Cessation Pharmacotherapy During Hospitalization.” TCTMD interviewed Quinn about its results and broad significance, during which Quinn emphasized the great opportunity for smokers hospitalized for CHD to begin cessation, but notes that “we fail them.”

American College of Cardiology News - August 21, 2017

Smokers Hospitalized for CHD Rarely Receive Cessation Pharmacotherapy During Hospitalization,” provided an overview of the work done by Quinn R. Pack et al. from their October 2017 JAMA Internal Medicine research letter.

MedPage Today - August 21, 2017

"Many Hospitals Fail to Support Smoking Cessation for CHD Patients: Providers missing out on 'teachable moment" discussed Quinn R. Pack’s “Smokers Hospitalized for CHD Rarely Receive Cessation Pharmacotherapy During Hospitalization” when speaking of the failure of hospitals to support smoking cessation for CHD patients. Throughout the article, MedPage highlighted Quinn’s comments from an interview, noting Dr. Pack’s emphasis on the importance of a smoking cessation protocol in improving outcomes for smokers hospitalized for CHD.

MassLive - August 15, 2017

"US Rep. Richard Neal, others tout federal grant funding for Baystate Medical Center rural drug addiction study" which received nearly $700,000 to study issues related to drug abuse in rural communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Congressman praised Dr. Peter Friedmann, Baystate Health’s Chief Research Officer, and the entire Baystate team, commending them “for their tireless work on this critical public health and safety issue.”