September 2014


With summer over, time to assess outbreak practices

Hospitalists play key role in ensuring effective response to disease outbreaks.

A doctor seeks out a concrete diagnosis

An internist and rheumatologist aims to decipher her persistent cough.

The Brief Case: Cases from 3 hospitals in Puerto Rico

Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome, and more.

A tasty solution to recurrent Clostridium difficile

Curing recurrent infections without fecal transplantation.

How documentation impacts VBPM, PQRS

Starting in 2015, what hospitalists record will affect their facilities' Value-Based Payment Modifier and Physician Quality Reporting System results.

Aphorism-based medicine

Analyzing medical truisms can help us understand how medicine has progressed over time.

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes articles on telehospitalist medicine, disease outbreak response, a novel solution to recurrent Clostridium difficile, and more.

Inhaled insulin and new antibiotic for skin infections approved

Details on the latest recalls, warnings, and label changes, as well as approvals.

Recent Research

Prophylactic anticoagulation in the critically ill, ICU telemedicine outcomes, and more.

In the News

Guidelines on preventing MRSA and CLABSI in hospitals, how to curb readmissions, and more.

Q&A: The next step in sepsis care

Patients with severe sepsis and septic shock get the best care that hospitals have to offer: rapid, intensive, protocol-based treatment.

Transitioning from the domain of health care to the domain of health

One of the most interesting aspects of the transformation occurring in medicine is the effort that some organizations have committed to reexamining the scope of their business.

MKSAP quiz on perioperative anticoagulation

A 54-year-old woman is evaluated before an elective cholecystectomy. Medical history is significant for atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic heart failure, hypertension, and a transient ischemic attack 2 months ago.