March/April 2021

In this moderated discussion, Vituity hospitalist leaders talk about the impact of virtual care in the evolution of care delivery and the changing roles of the hospitalist and supporting care teams when leveraging new options that deliver care to...
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A line team takes charge of placing lines in the covid ICU

WITH COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS dropping nationally and on the west coast, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has just put one of its most successful pandemic innovations on...
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Hospitalists: front and center in vaccination efforts

WHILE THE EFFORT to vaccinate Americans against covid has been chaotic for many, one health system in Florida has had a very different experience....
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Covid News Updates

Check back often as we continue to post timely updates on COVID-19.  Don't miss other important issues facing hospitalists. Battling the other epidemic: opioids April 16,...

Coding

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Social admissions and prolonged services

We are treating a 59-year-old with general cognitive decline who is currently uninsured. (His Medicaid application and hearing are pending.) While he has long...

Patient flow

How many patient encounters do hospitalists see per shift—and what number do they think is reasonable? According to data from the 2019 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey, hospitalists as a group see an average of just under 17 patient...

Compensation

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Is your local job market heating up or cooling off?

October 2020
WITH ED VISITS evaporating and elective procedures suspended in the first months of the pandemic, the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville,...

On the Wards

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Cut back on antibiotics in pneumonia inpatients

September 2019
A GROWING NUMBER of randomized trials and systematic reviews continues to confirm that "shorter is better" when it comes to treating pneumonia with antibiotics,...

Commentary

Clinical

Misdiagnoses: a daily occurrence

August 2020
Today's Hospitalist received the following from a hospitalist, who highlights his own sense of despair at not being able to fix a deteriorating situation. Did...
New data find reduced bleeding risk for DOACs in extended VTE prophylaxis Recent studies have shown that oral anticoagulants can decrease VTE risk when used for extended prophylaxis, but physicians have worried—rightly so—that the bleeding risks outweighed the benefits of...
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Note bloat: problems with cut and paste

March 2020
AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR of the hospitalist program at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wis., Steven Phillipson, MD, has long known that note bloat and...

Career

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Finally, locums get some respect

March 2021
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM holds that while hiring locums may keep your hospital medicine service up and running, they are so expensive that they should be...

By the Numbers

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What’s your payer mix?

March 2020
BACK IN JANUARY, I wrote a cautionary column about the various financial pressures squeezing hospitals ("Stress test on economic trends" ). I'm continuing the...

Satisfaction/Burnout

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Maintaining your mental health during covid

October 2020
ASK DEAN DALILI, MD, about the struggles that hospitalists have faced during the pandemic, and he talks about the bravery and resilience of hospitalists...