Letter from the Editor

This issue features our annual Top Docs profiles, as well as a new quarterly column, The Brief Case.

Early summer is one of the best times of year around the office of ACP Hospitalist, and it's not just because our neighborhood milkshake stand is open again. It's the season when nominations for our November Top Docs issue start rolling in, and we get to learn about the amazing things our readers are doing. This year we received more nominations than ever, and each spoke to the dedication, hard work and ingenuity of everyday physicians on the front lines of hospital medicine. We hope you find their stories as energizing as we did, and that you'll be moved to nominate your own candidate for future issues.

Also in this issue, we are excited to debut our new quarterly column, The Brief Case, which features summaries of real-life inpatient cases written by hospital physicians. Our inaugural column highlights cases at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and is written by Christopher Sankey, MD, ACP Member, the physician editor of The Brief Case column. If you would like to write one or more summaries of cases from your hospital, please email for more information on how to proceed.

In career topics this month, we explain why malpractice insurance is so important for hospitalists, and how to ensure you are adequately covered. Associate Editor Stacey Butterfield outlines the questions to ask potential employers, and what to look for in a malpractice policy if you are buying your own. Meanwhile, our main clinical article is about taking on the treatment of young adult patients who have chronic diseases from childhood. We'll tell you how to make the transition easier for patients—and yourself.

In reimbursement matters, our coding column explains how to document “medical necessity,” a concept that is ambiguous yet crucial to understand so hospitals can be properly compensated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). And in our Perspectives column, Ronald Schaefer, MD, writes about the custom-designed features in his hospital's electronic medical record that have helped with reporting core measures to CMS.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on our Top Hospitalists, our new Brief Case feature, or any other article in the magazine. Write to us any time.

Jessica Berthold Editor
ACP Hospitalist