Practice Management

Technology May Offer Solutions to Hospitalists’ Readmissions Exposure

Almost weekly, a white paper, report, journal article, or press release touts a new program, software, or technology system offering to help hospitals improve their readmissions avoidance processes and penalty exposure. Does this new readmissions cottage industry offer value to hospitals? Some technologies focus on interdisciplinary team communication, with electronic repositories or virtual rounding, automated… [Read More]

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Assessing, Managing Delirium in Hospitalized Patients

HM15 Presenter: Ethan Cumbler, MD, FHM, FACP Summary: Delirium is a common problem in hospitalized patients, and all too often delirium is iatrogenic. Delirium is associated with poor outcomes such as prolonged hospitalization and functional decline, and it increases the risk of nursing home admission. The most common tool to assess the presence of delirium… [Read More]

Striving For Optimal Care: Updates in Quality, Value, and Patient Satisfaction

In this session, Drs. Michelle Mourad and Christopher Moriates took a systematic approach to answer quality questions that we commonly encounter in our hospitalist practice. They reviewed current evidence including meta-analyses and systematic reviews to arrive at an answer for various quality-related questions. These are summarized below: What are the common features of interventions that… [Read More]

What Is the Best Approach to a Cavitary Lung Lesion?

What Is the Best Approach to a Cavitary Lung Lesion?

Case A 66-year-old homeless man with a history of smoking and cirrhosis due to alcoholism presents to the hospital with a productive cough and fever for one month. He has traveled around Arizona and New Mexico but has never left the country. His complete blood count (CBC) is notable for a white blood cell count… [Read More]