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December 2009

COVER STORY: Are you OK taking care of this patient?

FEATURE: Lessons learned from starting an oncology service

FEATURE: The year in review

Q&A: Is it time to put “no blame” in the corner?

CODING TIPS: Avoiding some big holes in reimbursement

COMMENTARY: A walk in my best friend’s shoes

POLL: A look at hospitalist teaching duties

MARKETPLACE: Finding the right nurse for the right patient

WHAT WORKS: Making TV a teachable moment for patients

FROM THE EDITOR: Works well with others
November 2009

COVER STORY: H1N1 is here. How will you pump up your staffing?

FEATURE: Liability mistakes you want to avoid

FEATURE: New options for patients with cirrhosis

PROFILE: Chasing more than a diagnosis

COMMENTARY: Dodging a frivolous lawsuit

CODING TIPS: How to bill for critical care services

ANALYSIS: Do hospitalists really provide better care?

WHAT WORKS: Small changes promote better sleep

FROM THE EDITOR: Toward a more rational tort system
October 2009

FEATURE: Getting patient flow back on track

CODING TIPS: Commas, adjectives and an occasional noun

COVER STORY: Tough balancing act for teaching hospitals

FEATURE: Smoothing out the transition from residency to practice

ANALYSIS: Sounding an alarm on bundled payments

POLL: A look at hospitalist leadership within hospitals

COMMENTARY: Hospital medicine: Too big to fail?

MARKETPLACE: Software that takes a broad view of health care

NEWS BRIEFS: Now available: swine flu vaccine

WHAT WORKS: Medicine that comes with a “warranty”

FROM THE EDITOR: Getting back to the issue of health care costs

SPECIAL ISSUE FOR RESIDENTS: The hospital medicine job market: a changing landscape

COMPENSATION & CAREER GUIDE: What’s happening with hospitalist compensation

COMPENSATION & CAREER GUIDE: What’s happening with hospitalist productivity

COMPENSATION & CAREER GUIDE: Hospitalist demographics
September 2009

COVER STORY: Your practice is growing. Are your leaders still a good fit?

FEATURE: What’s in a name?

FEATURE: Remedial resuscitation

FEATURE: Lessons learned from round 1 of swine flu

CODING TIPS: Answers to (complicated) questions on observation

Q&A: Confusing evidence emerges on insulin glargine

WHAT WORKS: Medication reconciliation done right

POLL: A look at hospitalist part-timers

COMMENTARY: Hospitalists: secret agents of cost control?

PROFILE: Making the most of the hospital-medicine lifestyle

MARKETPLACE: A green light for better hand hygiene

NEWS BRIEFS: The fall line-up of hospitalist CME

FROM THE EDITOR: Coping with hospital medicine’s success
August 2009

COVER STORY: No vacancy

FEATURE: The pressure is on to treat pressure ulcers

Q&A: The end of transfusion as a “default procedure”?

PEDIATRICS: Winning approaches to community coverage

POLL: A look at hospitalist vacation time

COMMENTARY: “I am not an internist”

PROFILE: The road less traveled

MARKETPLACE: Bringing hand-carried ultrasound to the bedside

CODING TIPS: Breaking the downcoding habit

WHAT WORKS: Developing leaders: much more than lip service

LETTERS: Billing midlevel consults

FROM THE EDITOR: What it takes to be a hospitalist
July 2009

COVER STORY: Going where the grass is greener

FEATURE: What’s the ideal number of patients to see?

Q&A: A window opens on gainsharing arrangements

PROFILE: Hospital medicine @Twitter

COMMENTARY: Big game hunting

MARKETPLACE: Free service helps pinpoint antibiotic resistance

CODING TIPS: Can’t tell a consult from comanagement?

NEWS BRIEFS: Guidelines widen tPA window, with caveats

WHAT WORKS: Making night coverage work

FROM THE EDITOR: Are you seeing more patients per shift?
June 2009

COVER STORY: Have a problem with readmissions?

FEATURE: Has the economy slowed the growth of hospital medicine?

FEATURE: Which neurologic imaging does your patient need?

PEDIATRICS: Getting a sedation service off the ground

POLL: A look at hospitalist prescribing patterns

COMMENTARY: Bouncebacks: the new LOS

PROFILE: A passionate advocate for in-house physicians

MARKETPLACE: Not your parents’ news and CME

CODING TIPS: Transfers, procedures, discharge: How do you bill?

ANALYSIS: Is your patient leaving against medical advice?

WHAT WORKS: Taking a bite out of readmissions

FROM THE EDITOR: A chance for real reform?
May 2009

COVER STORY: Making the switch from IV to sub-Q insulin

FEATURE: “What do you mean by 'dizzy'?"

Q&A: Making error disclosure a “team sport”

POLL: A look at hospitalist productivity

COMMENTARY: My professional midlife crisis

NEWS: Meet our editorial board

PROFILE: A virtual lounge for doctors only

MARKETPLACE: New toolkit helps standardize disaster-response initiatives

CODING TIPS: The ins and outs of prolonged service ICD-9 codes - timing and documentation

WHAT WORKS: Doctors bring same-day service to treadmill testing

CAREER TIPS: Earning a seat at the table

FROM THE EDITOR: The “new problem” of unnecessary readmissions
April 2009

COVER STORY: The tug-of-war over ICU care

FEATURE: Today’s big headlines in stroke care

PEDIATRICS: Pediatric literature plays catch-up on medical errors

COMMENTARY: Poor communication leads to unrealistic expectations

POLL: A look at night work for hospitalists

PROFILE: Robot “hospitalist” now helps pull the night shift

CODING TIPS: Who bills for what in comanagement?

ANALYSIS: When volume pushes hospitals over the edge

WHAT WORKS: Cutting down on “wasted beds” eases gridlock

CAREER TIPS: Moving up the leadership ladder - Prime hospitalist positions and further options

FROM THE EDITOR: Is health care reform about to arrive in your hospital?
March 2009

FEATURE: Treating pain in patients maintained on methadone or buprenorphine

COVER STORY: Trouble getting along with the ED?

FEATURE: New advances in pneumonia care

POLL: A look at paid time off for hospitalists

COMMENTARY: The common-sense evidence behind RRTs

PROFILE: Personal discipline and “quieting of the mind”

CODING TIPS: Do you make these common charge mistakes?

Q&A: A new reality check for rapid response teams

WHAT WORKS: For one hospitalist group, talk isn’t cheap

: Gauging the effectiveness of flu shots

FROM THE EDITOR: Where do you weigh in on rapid response teams?
February 2009

COVER STORY: The brave new world of electronic communications

FEATURE: Which PE patients have a higher risk of adverse outcomes?

PEDIATRICS: Family rounds: fewer pages, better care

COMMENTARY: Do we make too much money? Version 2.0

PROFILE: Hospital care in the shadow of Punxsutawney Phil

MARKETPLACE: A new twist on a tool to track infections

CODING TIPS: Find yourself in the middle of multiple doctors?

ANALYSIS: Closing the loop on readmissions

WHAT WORKS: Hospitalists score big with “black-belt QI”

CAREER TIPS: The lowdown on working locum

NEWS BRIEFS: Hospitalists extend their reach in U.S. hospitals

FROM THE EDITOR: New ways to talk the talk
January 2009

COVER STORY: Hard times and hospital medicine

FEATURE: How effective are flu shots in elderly patients?

POLL: Hospitalist compensation plans and incentives

COMMENTARY: Rationing: coming to a hospital near you!

MARKETPLACE: A new consultant with a long track record

PROFILE: Touching the trauma behind the disease

NEWS BRIEFS: A study takes aim at rapid response teams

CODING TIPS: What’s bundled and what’s not?

WHAT WORKS: Re-engineering the “voltage drop”

CAREER TIPS: What’s on the table as far as benefits?

FROM THE EDITOR: A new test for a young specialty
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