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December 2010


Is the hot job market cooling off?

Dr. I.T.

This year’s crop of great studies

Winning the war on C. diff

How to steer clear of the RAC

Our (uphill) road to success

Health care a moral hazard

2010: the year it all changed 

Winning the war on C. diff

Patient satisfaction and the code-status “talk” 

Off-the-shelf scheduling

What gets treated in Vegas … 

New hospitalists and the “parent trap” 

Adverse events in Medicare patients 

The year in review 

 November 2010


Productivity: Are you keeping pace?

On the road

Steering clear of malpractice trouble

How to stop heart failure patients from bouncing back

A solution for medication reconciliation

Coming soon: mandatory flu vaccination?

Billing for prolonged services

How much is that bed on the ward?

Hospital medicine’s sickest flow

Daily census: How many is too many?

Hospital medicine’s sickest flow

Galapagos General

Taking a critical look at the evidence

The gender gap in compensation

Dabigatran receives FDA approval

More on serving as an expert witness

How hard are you working, and what are you getting paid?

October 2010


Growing pains?

Neurosurgery: the last comanagement frontier

What’s happening with hospitalist compensation?

IV insulin on the floor: not so scary after all

Putting catheters on a clock

How to end the handoff free-for-all

 How hospitalists can bill for consults and admissions

A day in the life

The battle begins

A look at comanagement and critical care

A day in my life

“The Real Hospitalists of New Jersey”

When is the time right for around-the-clock coverage?

Dejà vu day

Have you hugged a subspecialist today?

More on survey data

Comanagement: a constant in hospital medicine

September 2010


Chest pain centers: opportunity knocking?

How do hospitalists fit into HIV care?

Working in chaos?

How to contain an outbreak

Finally, some good news about CPOE

An American in Paris

Consultants: their proper care and feeding

Coding for consults and readmissions

Stethoscope hygiene: a brand new bag

The best of times?

Most physicians end up being sued

Is the physical exam necessary?

Real leadership 2010

It slices, it dices, it denies

Enough already?

Getting hospitalists (and medical staff) up to speed

August 2010


What’s your ROI?

Sleep apnea: not just an outpatient problem any more

The big payoff with virtual telemetry

Getting the most out of the humble whiteboard

Still scribbling? Watch your payments shrivel

How safe are you from malpractice claims?

COPD: (not) evidence-based care

Some speed for summer

Dr. Sudoku: making scheduling manageable

Do you report impaired colleagues?

Dear Dr. Berwick

Who wants the patient with Insurance?!

Suing hospitalists

Mentoring 101

Does better value mean more money?

July 2010

2010julycoverSuccess with midlevels: How does your group stack up?

Getting creative with compensation

C. difficile, not MRSA, is now the leading pathogen in some hospitals

Making sure your patients stay admitted

Obesity: avoiding the “teachable moment”

Who are you going to call?

Warfarin dosing: Any role for genetic testing?

Hospitalist leadership: How many hats can you wear?

Certification: not tough enough?

My growing list of initials

No shortcuts to success with midlevels

June 2010


Having problems finding your patients?

The brave new world of information technology

Neurologic fallout in ICU patients

Strategies for dealing with drug-seeking patients

Preventing inpatient suicides

How should you bill an AMA discharge?

Opting for experience in a young physicians’ field

Early follow-up cuts heart failure readmissions

Fallout from Arora

Weighing in on l’affaire Levy

Where’s the beef?

Learning lean

Thriving on chaos, or settling down?

 May 2010 


Hospitals want more from their hospitalists. Will your group survive?

Common mistakes in treating acute heart failure (and what to do differently)

Exposing “blind spots” in diabetes screening

“Hey, are you the no-doc doc tonight?”

Translating a diagnosis into RVUs

Directing traffic

Is a hospital medicine fellowship right for you?

A look at hospitalist benefits

Big Brother medicine

Medication reconciliation: It takes a village

Drowning in cognitive scut?

Medication reconciliation: It takes a village

Welcome to New Jersey “again”

Is your hospital married to your hospitalist program?

April 2010 


Are you happy?

The anticoagulation standoff

Thinking like a geriatrician

Making the move from IV to PO antibiotics

Making deep cuts in ED response time

The finer points of billing for observation

A hospitalist as FP-in-chief

Med rec errors rampant at admission

“You might be a hospitalist … “

A word from our sponsor …

Setting discharge goals

“Saddle up:” SHM 2010

When do children become adults?

Working with midlevels: another view

From Russia with love

Going mobile

March 2010


Direct admissions: VIP treatment or risky business?

Say what? Issues with hospital interpreters

Cold front moving in

Taking the scut work out of comanagement

Working with midlevels: a new note of caution

Uncompleted procedures? Here’s how to bill

The hospitalist as impresario

A look at hospitalist bonuses and incentives

One person’s trash is another one’s gold

High mortality rates found for stroke patients

EHRs: the story so far

In memory of E.N.

What not to wear

Time to waste

Finding the elusive Dr. X

The debate over direct admissions

February 2010 


Need to calm down a frustrated patient?

Health-plan hospitalists cut readmissions by sometimes leaving the hospital

Anemia: not just an outpatient problem anymore

Embedding a hospitalist in the ED

Conflicting evidence on beta-blockers

Confused when billing concurrent care?

A look at hospitalist coding patterns

2020 vision

“Known to you”

The death of the doctors’ lounge

“Glorified housestaff” revisited

Hospital medicine’s evolution into post-acute care

January 2010 


Consult codes are going away (we think)

What’s new in pneumonia care

Making sure information doesn’t fall through the cracks

Pairing physicians for better communication

Flying SOLO

Pending test results go AWOL

The new year’s big news in coding: ICD-9 codes for gout, embolism, thrombosis, and…

A look at growth in hospitalist group staffing

The growing threat from CA MRSA

“Drop your highlighters!”

Scope-of-practice creep

Reconsidering patients who go AMA

“Drop your highlighters!”

ICH turf, “glorified housestaff?”

Shifting finances: the shape of things to come?