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Medicare charges vary more by hospital clinician than by hospital, with no impact on mortality

The retrospective study looked at Medicare Part B spending for patients admitted due to a medical condition and treated by either a hospitalist or a general internist.

Good door-to-balloon time not associated with fast stroke response, study finds

Overall the hospitals were significantly better at meeting door-to-balloon time goals than those for door-to-needle time and performance ranged more widely among hospitals on the latter measure.

Statins on day of heart surgery may improve survival, outcomes

After coronary artery bypass graft surgery, 30-day all-cause mortality was 1.7% in patients who took statins 24 hours or less before the operation, compared to 2.9% for those who took them 24 to 72 hours before and 3.8% for those who did not take them or whose last dose was more than 72 hours before surgery.

AHA updates recommendations on clinical use of fish oil to prevent cardiovascular events

The group continues to suggest that supplementation is reasonable for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD) in patients with a recent CHD event and added a new recommendation for patients with heart failure with reduced left ventricular function.

New website and new issue from ACP Hospitalist

We're pleased to announce the launch of new websites for ACP Hospitalist and ACP Hospitalist Weekly with our latest issues.

And the winner is …

ACP Hospitalist Weekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption.

Physician editor: A. Scott Keller, MD, FACP