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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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