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December 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Mortality rates and the holidays: hospital medicine’s untold story

CODING TIPS: New and revised ICD-9 codes hospitalists need to know

ANALYSIS: A new view of why hospital mortality increases around the holidays

: A patient sends you e-mail: Are you violating HIPAA?

FEATURE: A review of the evidence to treat sepsis and anemia

FEATURE: New studies on hospital performance show some progress, but is it enough?

COVER STORY: Who should receive beta-blockers in the surgical setting?

WHAT WORKS: How working with family members can improve care in the ICU
November 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Are hospitalists increasing their liability risk?

NEWS BRIEFS: Medication history discrepancies, PFP outcomes, more

Q&A: A first for hospitalists: a clinical journal the specialty can call its own

ANALYSIS: A look at pneumovax and other bumps in the road to quality improvement

FEATURE: Short-term jobs: Staffing solution or trouble for the specialty?

COVER STORY: A look at the evidence on preventing hospital-acquired infections

FEATURE: Do your discharges need fine-tuning? A nurse coordinator may be the solution

WHAT WORKS: Rigorous review of quality improvement yields surprising results
October 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Caught between evidence and a hard place

CODING TIPS: More questions—and answers— about observation and inpatient consultation codes

COVER STORY: Hospitalists and the hurricane: how three physicians worked through the storm and its aftermath

ANALYSIS: Did you remember to remove the patient’s urinary catheter?

FEATURE: The search for a therapy to prevent and treat postoperative ileus

FEATURE: Want to keep your JCAHO accreditation? Focus on improving hand-offs and sign-outs

: Profile: For this physician, teaching is the perfect antidote to exhaustion

WHAT WORKS: A new role for hospitalists: overseeing the transfer of patients within a hospital system
September 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Hospitalists in demand: An opportunity or a “Band-Aid?”

: One physician’s view of why 24/7 coverage is critical for hospital medicine

ANALYSIS: The test results are in, but the patient has gone home. Will anyone notice?

COVER STORY: Academic hospitalists cope with life after work-hour limits

FEATURE: Strategies to prescribe the right discharge drugs to ACS patients

FEATURE: Hospitalists in the ED: moving beyond gains in throughput

WHAT WORKS: Declaring victory in the war against drug errors, if only for a month
August 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Coming to a city near you: hospitalist-centered CME

CODING TIPS: Answers to questions about timing for discharge and observation codes

Q&A: The diagnosis wasn’t right, but was it really a mistake?

: Pay for performance: a cure for hospital medicine’s reimbursement problems?

ANALYSIS: Separate and unequal: comparing two hospitalist groups working under one roof

COVER STORY: In a new role as “clog-busters,” hospitalists are helping streamline the ED

FEATURE: Time is tissue: Why emerging evidence on sepsis urges physicians to watch the clock

WHAT WORKS: What hospitalists can learn from a computer-based alert to prevent inpatient DVT
July 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Is a ward-based clinic the answer for high-risk patients?

: How hospitalists can avoid common pitfalls of palliative care

NEWS BRIEFS: Fake hospital inspectors, LOS, antipsychotics, more

ANALYSIS: A little information can go a long way in preventing drug problems after discharge

COVER STORY: Your hospital says the contract is illegal. Is that really the case?

FEATURE: Strategies to make a definitive diagnosis of osteomyelitis

WHAT WORKS: How a shock team can detect and treat critical illness earlier
June 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Problems with your hospital’s EMR? Try a little creative thinking

NEWS BRIEFS: In southeast Michigan, hospitalists take the lead on patient safety

ANALYSIS: You think the diagnosis is correct, but are you right about being right?

ANALYSIS: Why withholding information from terminally ill patients can be a good thing

FEATURE: A long view of strategies to reduce inpatient mortality

FEATURE: As hospital medicine grows, so do the challenges of avoiding burnout

COVER STORY: Measuring physician performance? These eight pearls of wisdom can help

WHAT WORKS: Tired of tracking down patient information by hand, one resident found a better way
May 2005

FROM THE EDITOR: Inpatient rounder or hospitalist: Which one are you?

CODING TIPS: Tips to choose the right codes for incision and drainage

ANALYSIS: New survey yields clues about efforts to prevent drug problems

Q&A: A new look at an old problem: missing clinical information

FEATURE: The business case for hospitalists heats up: Is your program ready?

COVER STORY: Seven strategies to prevent VAP: a look at the evidence

WHAT WORKS: When it comes to improving patient care, redundancy is not a bad thing
April 2005

CODING TIPS: Tips to calculate the time you spend on discharge services codes

ANALYSIS: Why timing is everything with prophylactic antibiotics and surgery

Q&A: One researcher’s view of what’s wrong with living wills

FEATURE: Does that pneumonia patient really need to be hospitalized?

FEATURE: Considering a pay-for-performance program? Try these strategies

COVER STORY: Boom times for hospitalists: What’s driving the growth?

WHAT WORKS: How a “ticket home” can help streamline the discharge process

FEATURE: Coming soon to a city near you: hospitalist-centered CME

FROM THE EDITOR: Hospital medicine and economics: a case of meeting market demands
March 2005

CODING TIPS: New ICD-9 and CPT codes that every hospitalist needs to know

ANALYSIS: Trends in medication errors: a look at five years of data

Q&A: When QI research brings good news, can you believe the results?

COVER STORY: Is pay for performance in your future?

FEATURE: Your patient may be delirious: What do you do next?

WHAT WORKS: Taking a page from nuclear power to improve patient safety

FROM THE EDITOR: Changing the structure, not just the process, of patient care
February 2005

CODING TIPS: The lumbar puncture was incomplete. How do you code for it?

ANALYSIS: Putting a spotlight on discharge planning and problems with “care transitions”

ANALYSIS: A plan to save the lives of 100,000 inpatients by 2006

COVER STORY: Strategies to spot the telltale signs of HIT

FEATURE: A new role for community-based hospitalists: teacher

WHAT WORKS: A best-practice makeover to fine-tune VAP prevention

NEWS BRIEFS: Computers and errors, report card on U.S. health care, more

FROM THE EDITOR: A syndrome that makes you choose sides
January 2005

CODING TIPS: Procedures part 2: coding for respiratory services

Q&A: Can one group’s recommendations create “leaps” in health care quality?

ANALYSIS: Continuity of care vs. errors: Which is the bigger worry when reducing work hours for residents?

FEATURE: To prevent drug errors, try “medication reconciliation”

COVER STORY: Co-managing orthopedic surgery patients: The next big thing for hospitalists?

WHAT WORKS: How one health system encourages staff to give its patients a “safe passage”

FROM THE EDITOR: The new emphasis on medication reconciliation
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