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October 2012


COVER STORY: Making the case for portable ultrasound

FEATURE: The locum life

FEATURE: How to move on after a medical error

FEATURE: Stepping up to antibiotic stewardship

ANALYSIS: Making information a two-way street

Q&A: Cost and utilization: no longer taboo topics

CODING: Life goes on

WHAT WORKS: How to take the squabbling out of scheduling

ON THE WARDS: Listening to nurses

COMMENTARY: Of donkeys and kings

POLL: A look at hospitalist part-timers

MARKETPLACE: Way more than Facebook for physicians

NEWS BRIEFS: CPR: Longer is better

FROM THE EDITOR: The other “voltage drop”

September 2012


COVER STORY: Do you need to be certified in palliative care?

FEATURE: Myths and facts about working with NPs/PAs

FEATURE: Game-changing studies for hospital medicine

FEATURE: Tips for managing decompensated liver disease

CODING: Billing observation services? Not so fast

ANALYSIS: How RRTs affect your workload and morale

WHAT WORKS: Getting to “no”

Q&A: What to expect when the Joint Commission comes to call

Q&A: Postop bouncebacks? Blame the surgeons

COMMENTARY: Health care isn’t cheesecake

MEDICAL APPS: What’s on your iPhone

MARKETPLACE: Taking the fear out of clinical probabilities

POLL: A look at hospitalists who teach

FROM THE EDITOR: Tensions around quality improvement

August 2012


COVER STORY: A look at handoff innovations

FEATURE: Getting ready for value-based purchasing

FEATURE: How to handle drug overdoses

CODING: Is time really on your side?

ANALYSIS: Doctors behaving not too badly

WHAT WORKS: Making headway with hospital at home

POLL: A look at hospitalist job plans

MARKETPLACE: A smart bed

NEWS BRIEFS: Hospitalists: the hot recruit

FROM THE EDITOR: Ready for the next wave of innovation?

July 2012


COVER STORY: Taking your tablet to work?

FEATURE: This year’s crop of perioperative controversies

Q&A: To improve AMI care, start talking

ANALYSIS: Sleepless in the hospital?

WHAT WORKS: Scripting tough talks

CODING: Consult codes: (mostly) gone, but still a problem

POLL: A look at hospitalist schedules

COMMENTARY: Lessons learned

NEWS BRIEFS: Hospitalists behaving badly?

LETTERS: More on PA training

FROM THE EDITOR: Talking it out

June 2012


COVER STORY: Need a better break room at night?

FEATURE: The rewards and challenges of treating psychiatric patients

FEATURE: How well do you manage conflict?

ANALYSIS; If it ain’t broke…

PATIENT SAFETY: High-tech handwashing

CODING: Decision-making: medicine’s shades of grey

COMMENTARY: There’s an app for that

POLL: A look at paid time off

NEWS BRIEFS: The risks of leaving AMA

LETTERS: More on discharge medications

FROM THE EDITOR: Some space and some respect

May 2012


COVER STORY: How does your region stack up?

Q&A: When optimism isn’t called for

ON THE WARDS: The “you-know-what” in the room

ANALYSIS: PAs and hospital medicine

MALPRACTICE: A fatal case of miscommunication

CODING: Transferring a patient? Medicare billing codes and rules for transfers

WHAT WORKS: Taking a team approach to admissions

COMMENTARY: Too much specialization?

MARKETPLACE: A smarter smartphone

POLL: A look at discharge planning strategies

NEWS BRIEFS: Guidelines for restrictive transfusion triggers

LETTERS: More on the “patient experience”

FROM THE EDITOR: A geography lesson

April 2012


COVER STORY: Making plans for health care reform

FEATURE: Taming scary arrhythmias

FEATURE: The onslaught of nutraceuticals

ANALYSIS: Dialing back transfusion triggers

Q&A: Inpatient alcohol withdrawal: a new approach (maybe)

CODING: Are medical students and residents cheap labor?

POLL: A glance at hospitalists’ career plans

WHAT WORKS: Rx to go

COMMENTARY: Hurry up and wait

CODING CHALLENGE: How to bill with two doctors on the case

NEW BRIEFS: Surrogates’ optimistic bias in the ICU

FROM THE EDITOR: Getting a leg up on health care reform

March 2012



COVER STORY: What’s the sweet spot for unit-based staffing?

FEATURE: Admitting dialysis patients

ANALYSIS: COPD exacerbation? Consider azithromycin

Q&A: Doing everything right, but results are elusive

CODING: Switching from observation to admission

WHAT WORKS: A new kind of RVU

COMMENTARY: The “patient experience”

POLL: A look at bonuses and incentives

PROFILE: A second day job half a world away

LETTERS: An old take on “transitionalists”

NEWS BRIEFS: Patient satisfaction scores: Who’s happy?

FROM THE EDITOR: More localization “and influence

February 2012


COVER STORY: Thinking of admitting this patient? Think again

FEATURE: Walking the walk in transitional care

FEATURE: How to manage acute kidney injury

Q&A: Managing pain in sickle cell

WHAT WORKS: Have iPad “can travel

CODING: Initial observation care? Time is on your side

COMMENTARY: The Resident (with apologies to Edgar Allen Poe)

POLL: A look at hospitalist work in the ICU

MARKETPLACE: Automating the post-discharge call

LETTERS: Midlevels and night shifts

FROM THE EDITOR: More new turf

January 2012


COVER STORY: You’re fired! (by your patient, not your group)

FEATURE: The high-yield neuro exam

FEATURE: Hospital medicine: a young person’s game?

ON THE WARDS: “A meaningful dialogue” … or not

CODING: This year’s ICD-9 update

ANALYSIS: Better transitional care? Good luck getting in the door

ANALYSIS: What new PCI guidelines mean for hospitalists

WHAT WORKS: Pharmacists head off anticoagulation complications

POLL: A look at hospitalist autonomy

MARKETPLACE: Stop chilling!

NEWS BRIEFS: A new twist on readmissions

FROM THE EDITOR: Patients and families at their most vulnerable