Updated joint guideline means changes for CAP

This issue delves into new recommendations on community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and offers conference coverage from the American Public Health Association, Midwest Hospital Medicine, and CHEST.

Happy New Year! To celebrate, our cover story analyzes some new guidelines on community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Thoracic Society made significant updates to their joint guideline on CAP late last year. Learn how approaches to health care-associated pneumonia, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus will change in the new era of CAP. Then join us for a Twitter chat on the subject on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Sadly, we all already know that we live in an era of opioid addiction. Two articles in this issue propose potential responses. A Perspectives piece by a hospitalist suggests that inpatient physicians think about harm reduction, while conference coverage from the American Public Health Association describes a controversial outpatient approach here in hard-hit Philadelphia.

We've got a lot of conference coverage for you this month. In addition to the public health article, there's advice on documenting to reduce malpractice exposure from the 2019 Midwest Hospital Medicine Conference and a review of some terrifying potential bioweapons from CHEST 2019.

If you want to share your thoughts on any of these topics, please email us at acphospitalist@acponline.org.

Stacey Butterfield