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December 2011


Nocturnists: Soaring volumes mean trouble at night

Some perspective

Occupy Health Care!

What you need to know to prescribe dabigatran

It’s the end of the world as we know it

“A vote for DeLue is a vote for you!”

New beginnings

Surviving the graveyard shift

A look at who hospitalists work for

How to improve door-in-door-out times

Fewer duplicate orders with CPOE? You may see more

In hospital-acquired anemia, blood draws are suspect

November 2011


Teaching and nonteaching services: Separate no more?

The robot is in

Ready for deflation?

Productivity: What’s your sweet spot?

How to bill for subsequent observation care

How many of your hospital’s patients do you admit?

Mending fences

Improving documentation

What curbs readmissions? Apparently, not much

Making a dent in heart failure readmissions

Prime time for procalcitonin?

Kumbaya in the ED

When comanagement is mismanagement

October 2011 Compensation and Career Guide

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October 2011


Leaving so soon?

The Resident (with apologies to Edgar Allan Poe)

Dealing with disabilities

Price insensitive

Rehabbing a contract

Don’t sweat it

A look at nonphysician providers

How soon is too soon to leave a new job?

The high price of new duty-hour rules

Fighting a formidable foe

Getting serious about fall prevention

Brave new world

How to detect delirium

Stopping sepsis

September 2011


 Do hospitalists really cost more?


Quality: You know it when you see it

My most indelible memory as a doctor

A “good discharge” doesn’t mean fewer readmissions

Hospital medicine’s bad press

Chances are, you’ll be sued

Using light as a disinfectant

A look at night coverage

The best patient satisfaction survey ever!

Breaking the Foley habit

Not all transfer patients are created equal

Beware of leading queries

Making headway with difficult patients

How to move patients through the ED faster

What to zero in on for hip fracture patients

August 2011


Family leave: making it work

A meaningful dialogue?

Our identity crisis

What’s next?

Hospital medicine’s age deficit

Once-a-day pill approved for DVT prevention

The skinny on apps

Breaking into video

A look at recruitment incentives

How to move patients through the ED

Calling a timeout

Billing discharge services

My own private conspiracy

What’s in the literature?

Trouble in academia

Problems with handoffs?

Preop evaluations: which risk-reduction strategies work?

July 2011


 Building a better discharge

Letter to the editor

The best patient satisfaction survey ever!

Options for geographic units and multidisciplinary rounds

Taking the hit

How group structure affects outcomes

The 40-year-old hospitalist

Checklists: the good, the bad and the in-between

Protecting patients – and nurses

A question of focus

National demand for hospitalists still strong

Preventing delirium

Hospital medicine: a long-term career?

Making nice with the ED

Don’t retire that (dirty) white coat

Time to get aggressive about periop MIs

Answers to frequent ID questions

June 2011


 Health reform is coming. Are you ready to BULK UP?

Rushing to the ICU?

What is your role in preventing and treating falls?


“What’ll I do” blues

Think you can predict readmissions? Think again

Difficult patients and families

A look at career satisfaction and burnout

Inside voices, please

The buzz: It’s going to get busy

Discussing DNRs

A big jump in hospitalist subsidies

Balancing work and play

A new approach to alcohol withdrawal

The finer points of billing observation

Sutton’s Law

Letting patients hit the panic button

Toward a lower troponin cutoff

May 2011


Should you be rewarded for your years on the job?

ACOs and the “medical home”

Family practice and hospital medicine

Want to reduce AMI mortality? Think “culture”

My perfect hospital

Age is relative

More on readmissions

Keeping tabs on radiation

The new wave of physician employment

A SWEET-FIX for stroke patients

A look at hospitalist services and procedures

Overwhelmed on Wednesdays?

Getting stronger by getting bigger

Focused practice passes its first class

The new math

When pain management proves fatal

Leadership lessons for young physicians

April 2011


Post-discharge clinics

Dr. Greenfield’s filter

Phone calls MIA

Do hospitals need more outsiders?

New drug on the block

“Stuff a Hospitalist Says”

Deja vu all over again

“Stuff a Hospitalist Says”

How hospitals reduce AMI mortality

A coat that fits

Better safety through scanning

DNR orders done wrong

Making the case for a higher-level admission

Getting up to speed

What’s behind women’s pay gap?

A look at hospitalist incentives

March 2011


Is your hospital getting crowded?

Breast biopsy

More on family practice and hospital medicine

Lean on me

Reining in readmissions

The wealth differential

Sharing the power?

Moving the needle on patient satisfaction scores

A look at paid time off

A tray kit brings evidence into design

Singer with the band

Racial gaps in readmission rates

Wiping out postop MRSA infections

Getting back to basics

Hospital medicine and health care reform

Answers to key questions on treating pneumonia

February 2011


Admissions from the ED: Are patients leaving too fast or too slow

Family practice and hospital medicine

Drowning in paper and e-mail? A Wiki works

Mixed results on the impact of comanagement

Default medicine

Hospitalists as bean counters?

A look at hospitalist shifts

The CMS proposes value-based incentives

What’s included in critical care codes?

Wrong-diagnosis anonymous

Doctors behaving badly

Results are in: Gainsharing works

Dermatology for hospitalists: the OK, the bad and the really bad

January 2011


Are you OK admitting this patient?

On the horizon in hospital medicine

Multitasking: How do I shut it off?

The hospitalist-thicist

A view from the other side

Brilliant ideas and common pitfalls

Taking a snapshot of your readmissions

Kumbaya in the ED

When comanagement becomes an admission

Hospitalist comanagement: no improved outcomes

Wearing your medical history

More than one doctor? It gets complicated

Flu vaccine, expert witnesses

A look at nonclinical duties

Checklists: not just ticking off boxes

From disaster site to “fantasy land”

Saving time with smartphones

Diagnoses are liability problem No. 1

Social media: not just for kids

The hospitalist-thicist

Getting serious about delirium