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 November 2014

2014novembercoverCOVER STORY: Integrated ED-hospitalist services: coming to a hospital near you?

FEATURE: Common? Yes. Evidence-based? No.

UNCLOGGING THE HOSPITAL: Getting rid of what doesn’t work

CODING: Medical numeracy

WHAT WORKS: Targeting “frequent landers”

Q&A: VTE prevention: aspirin or anticoagulants?


POLL: A look at hospitalist group size

NEWS BRIEFS: Ebola: new hospital guidelines

FROM THE EDITOR: A new management model?

October 2014


COVER STORY: Hospitalists speak out about recertification

UNCLOGGING THE HOSPITAL: Are you fixing patient flow problems, or causing them

Q&A: Separating DNI from DNR discussions

WHAT WORKS: Drowning in note bloat

COMMENTARY: “Now that you’re an attending, are you respected as one?”

MARKETPLACE: Not your parents’ lab coat

POLL: A look at hospitalists in ICUs

NEWS BRIEFS: Hospital medicine: 44,000 and counting

FROM THE EDITOR: More angst than anger

September 2014


COVER STORY: Need a simpler way to do transfers?

FEATURE: Caring for the LGBT community

Q&A: Linking inpatients to addiction treatment

ON THE WARDS: Never seen?

WHAT WORKS: Post-ECMO patients: steep learning curve, deep skills

CODING: Not too long, not too short, just right

PROFILE: Medical writing you don’t need to be sick to read

MARKETPLACE: Toward better transitions of care

POLL: A look at hospitalist schedules

NEWS BRIEFS: CDC issues ebola advisory

FROM THE EDITOR: Rethinking the need for speed

Video: Alternative scheduling to seven-on/seven-off

August 2014


COVER STORY: Part of a new group network?

FEATURE: Are you giving HCAP patients too many antibiotics?

ANALYSIS: How depression affects readmissions

WHAT WORKS: Shutting down orders for duplicate tests

CODING: Medical necessity, or medically necessary?

POLL: How big is your bonus?

LETTERS: ED-hospitalist handoffs

FROM THE EDITOR: Learning how to get along

July 2014


COVER STORY: Drowning in quality improvement projects?

FEATURE: What keeps your CFO awake at night?

FEATURE: Common mistakes in treating heart failure

Q&A: The high price of heavy workloads

CODING: DOO, POO and you

WHAT WORKS: Want to cut readmissions? Try hitting “record”

COMMENTARY: The struggling physician

POLL: A look at hospitalist shifts

NEWS BRIEFS: Azithromycin and pneumonia

FROM THE EDITOR: Getting smarter about saying “no”

June 2014


COVER STORY: Dealing with seasonal surges

FEATURE: Perioperative controversies

ANALYSIS: Bringing surrogate decision-makers into the loop

CODING: The right way(s) to bill for prolonged care

WHAT WORKS: Taking 15 minutes for “sugar rounds”

COMMENTARY: Call me maybe?

POLL: What are hospitalists doing at discharge?

Marketplace: A “general contractor” for bundled payments

NEWS BRIEFS: MERS lands in the U.S.

FROM THE EDITOR: Flexing up for patient surges

May 2014 


COVER STORY: Making part-timers work for your practice

FEATURE: The search for hospitalist wellbeing

ANALYSIS: Taking on oncology comanagement

Q&A: Time to rein in opiates in the hospital?

WHAT WORKS: How good are your handoffs? Ask your colleagues

CODING: ICD-10 delay? Keep the momentum going

POLL: A look at patient encounters per shift

COMMENTARY: Public reporting and preventable harm

NEWS BRIEFS: Seeing more patients? Your costs will rise

LETTERS: Outpatient regimens

FROM THE EDITOR: Delaying ICD-10: good or bad news?

April 2014


COVER STORY: Two-midnight rule: What’s the right strategy?

FEATURE: Group leadership: a balancing act

CODING: Chairs and whiteboards

Q&A: An open-door policy

PROFILE: Making global health a sustainable career

MARKETPLACE: Financial smarts for independent groups

WHAT WORKS: Hands-on learning improves sepsis outcomes

POLL: How do hospitalist groups cover nights?

NEWS BRIEFS: The high costs of “penicillin allergy”

FROM THE EDITOR: Happy patients?

March 2014 


COVER STORY: Ducking out early?

FEATURE: Building ACOs from the ground up

FEATURE: Working up altered states

ANALYSIS: Getting outpatient physicians to step up

Q&A: Fistbumps, not handshakes, to prevent infections

CODING: Split visits, transfers and consults

WHAT WORKS: Med rec and respiratory therapists:a good fit

COMMENTARY: Reducing readmissions

MARKETPLACE: It’s all about the signout

POLL: A look at mobile devices in the hospital

NEWS BRIEFS: CMS extends “two-midnight” review period

LETTERS: “Leaving AMA”

FROM THE EDITOR: Putting in the hours?

PRACTICE CLOSEUPS: Physicians’ Practice Enhancement LLC

February 2014

COVER STORY: Discharging delirium patients on too many medications?

FEATURE: Treating acute ischemic stroke

ANALYSIS: How to deal with colleagues’ errors

ON THE WARDS: EMTALA: It’s not just about the ED

MARKETPLACE: Marketing expertise in unit-based care

WHAT WORKS: Scribes: the solution for too much paperwork

PROFILE: Russia in February

CODING: Doctor-patient communication for (physician) dummies

POLL: How satisfied are hospitalists with their careers?

NEWS BRIEFS: Are readmission rates continuing to fall?

FROM THE EDITOR: The next frontier in preventing readmissions?

January 2014


COVER STORY: Want a bigger partner?

FEATURE: Is it time to open up your notes?

FEATURE: Choosing a new oral anticoagulant

ANALYSIS: A game-changer in MRSA prevention

Q&A: What should you do for AMA patients?

ON THE WARDS: Interrupted much?

CODING: HPI: a new documentation option

WHAT WORKS: Keeping patients out of the hospital

POLL: What do hospitalists think about Obamacare?

NEWS BRIEFS: Inpatient opioid prescribing

FROM THE EDITOR: Time to think big?