May 2009


Capturing charges on the go

Using a handheld electronic device to capture procedure codes isn't new, but as the technology improves, the approach is becoming particularly appealing to hospitalists.

Job hunting in a down economy

Employers have stepped up efforts to maximize productivity in new hires and existing staff, while hospitalists are focused on the perils of switching jobs in a gloomy housing market.

It's just old age—or is it?

How might ageism interfere with a correct diagnosis?

A sideline that grew outside the lines

Hospitalist Stephen Bekanich, MD, talks about starting a successful palliative care program.

Letter from the Editor

Part-time work can be an attractive option for hospitalists, whether it allows them to spend more time with their families or pursue other professional interests. Our cover story offers tips on where to look for part-time work, caveats to be aware of, and how to get the schedule you want.

A very brief history of credentialing

While many may think of it as a modern concept, credentialing has been a part of physicians' careers since long before the Middle Ages.

Documenting skin ulcers: The pressure is on

Physicians must carefully identify patients at high risk of developing pressure ulcers and then initiate and document prevention strategies.

Measure of the month: Stroke and stroke rehabilitation

In accordance with a law passed by Congress late in 2006, physicians and other eligible professionals are able to receive bonus payments of a percentage (increased to 2%) of their total allowed Medicare charges, subject to a cap, by submitting information for defined quality measures.

MKSAP: Neuropathy

These cases and commentary, which address neuropathy, are excerpted from ACP’s Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP14).

Journal watch: Recent studies of note

Recent studies about warfarin use during chemotherapy, C. glabrata bloodstream infection, and other topics

In the News

Recession hurting hospitals' bottom lines, and more