July 2015

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A simple plan for complex patients

Care plans guide treatment of high utilizers.

It's hard to be homeless in the hospital

Research and advice from an internist who treats homeless patients.

Move fast, but sometimes not too fast, in hypertensive emergencies

Reducing blood pressure in stroke, aortic dissection, and other conditions.

Technology connects geriatricians and hospitalists to nursing home staff

Program improves quality of clinical care for older patients in long-term care facilities.

Give them choice or give them guidance?

Study looks at patients' autonomy versus their best interest.

ICD-10-CM specificity: The sky isn't falling

Part 1 of 2 about the coming transition.

Almost a 5-star column

The “Great Satisfaction Madness” of 2027 is over.

Breaking the barriers

Identifying “teachable moments” for patients is an important part of quality care.

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes a cover story on care plans for superutilizers, as well as coverage from Internal Medicine Meeting 2015.

A collection of individual cases

Cases involving gout, Guillain-Barr##eacute; syndrome, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and others are discussed.

FDA approves heart failure drug and looks into antiseptic safety

Details on the latest recalls, warnings, and approvals.

Recent Research

Lower-extremity revascularization in nursing home residents, guidance on contact precautions for hospital visitors, treatment in-hospital strokes versus community-onset strokes, and more.

In the News

Algorithm to rule in or rule out acute MI, feedback and daily lab orders, fecal transplant for Clostridium difficile, and more.