Archives December 2011 Cover Story Good catch! Your Practice The capacity to determine capacity One in four medical inpatients can't make a decision. And not just about whether to have the chocolate or vanilla pudding for dessert. Your Practice Hospitalists outside the hospital Concerns about readmission rates and care transitions are leading some hospitalists to treat patients in the outpatient setting. Coding Corner Evaluating and managing hospital E/M services Key components of E/M must be documented for every encounter Success Story Put a number on it: Rating patient acuity The University of Chicago Medical Center found a reliable way to transmit vital information about patient status. Q&A The challenge of predicting readmissions It would be convenient if, along with their white coats, hospitalists were issued crystal balls. Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editor Some of this issue's topics include working with ##ldquo;good catch##rdquo; programs, assessing patients' decision-making capacity, and improving readmission rates. Newman's Notions A jolly old locums A locums assignment in a northern region leads to an unusual patient. Student Hospitalist Expanding laboratory services in the Land of a Thousand Hills The author describes a trip to western Rwanda to introduce fluorescence microscopy to one hospital's laboratory. Self-Examination The thin callus of experience Debra wanted to know why I was at work on a holiday. I told her I had come in for her. Test Yourself Test yourself: MKSAP quiz on hematology These cases and commentary, which address hematology, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP15). Conference Coverage PASHA in Argentina The authors summarize the latest meeting of the Pan American Society of Hospitalists. Research Update Recent Research Outpatient vs. inpatient PE treatment, handheld echocardiography and length of stay, and more. In the News In the News Malpractice claim numbers, hospitalization rates for sepsis and septicemia, and more.