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Article: Medicare Rule Change Raises Stakes for Hospital Discharge Planning

Regulation stresses screening patients for risk of adverse post-discharge outcomes; need for written discharge policies, procedures

Article: SGR Reform, ICD-10 Implementation Delays Frustrate Hospitalists, Physicians

Recent stalls to fix physician reimbursement program, implement overhauled medical coding system considered costly to healthcare industry

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Cover Story: LISTEN NOW: Highlights of the July 2014 issue of The Hospitalist newsmagazine

Highlights of the July 2014 issue of The Hospitalist newsmagazine

On the Move: Movers and Shakers in Hospital Medicine

Latest hospitalists to receive awards, earn promotions, or assume new leadership roles. Plus, HM group contracts, mergers, and acquisitions

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Society Pages: SHM Fellow in Hospital Medicine Spotlight: Rachel George MD, MBA, SFHM

Dr. George, who started her MBA program when 34 weeks pregnant, is president of the central business unit at Cogent Healthcare

Career Development: Community Service Helps Hospitalists Build Connections, Earn Credibility

Community activities offer opportunities to bond with hospital stakeholders, locals

Public Policy: Delay in ICD-10 Implementation to Impact Hospitalists, Physicians, Payers

Additional costs, potential problems with system-wide rollouts among their concerns, but hospitalists urged to remain engaged

Innovations: Hospitals Lose $45.9 Billion in Uncompensated Care in 2012

American Hospital Association survey ties revenue loss to bad debt, charity care provided to patients who can't pay

Innovations: Health Information Technology Could Improve Hospital Discharge Planning

Electronic discharge summary template populates core components, incorporates text entries

Innovations: Yogurt May Reduce Clostridium Difficile Infection Rate

Incidence of C.diff cut by two-thirds among inpatients on antibiotics who ate yogurt at Pennsylvania-based hospital

Innovations: Home Hospice Providers Offer Best Practices for End-of-Life Care

Hospice care techniques improved outcomes, comfort for dying patients

Team Hospitalist Q&A: Klaus Suehler, MD, FHM, Is Rooted in Hospital Medicine

Veteran hospitalist enjoys intellectual challenge of hospital medicine, opportunity to forge relationships with patients

Key Clinical Question: When Should You Suspect Kawasaki Disease as the Cause of Fever in an Infant?

Clinicians should be suspicious of KD in young infants with unexplained fevers lasting more than seven days

Society Pages: Society of Hospital Medicine Improves Online Career Center

Updated website features better recruitment, job posting tools

Society Pages: Hospitalists Share Q&As on SHM's Hospital Medicine Exchange

Physicians address common HM questions through online community

Society Pages: The Hospital Leader Blog Showcases Latest Ideas, Fresh Perspectives from Hospitalists

This month's blog posts cover patient care, physician workhours, Medicare audits

Society Pages: Three Ways to Improve Quality of Patient Care in Your Hospital

Society of Hospital Medicine's glycemic control mentored implementation program, Project BOOST, Choosing Wisely competition can help

Society Pages: Pre-Order Your State of Hospital Medicine Report Now

Society of Hospital Medicine's next bi-annual report available September 2014

Society Pages: Code-H Interactive Tool Helps Hospital Medicine Groups with Coding

Interactive program enables physicians to connect dots between clinical documentation, applicable medical CPT codes

Society Pages: Society of Hospital Medicine Leadership Academy Provides Practical Tips, Hands-On Collaboration, Networking for Hospitalists

 Three courses cover leadership foundations, advanced influential management and mastering teamwork skills

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Ask Dr. Hospitalist: Professional Dress Code Helps Physicians Earn Patient Confidence, Trust

Most patients prefer doctors to wear white coats and business attire, not casual clothes

Practice Management: Proper Inpatient Documentation, Coding Essential to Avoid a Medicare Audit

Tips to help your hospital medicine group ensure appropriate CPT coding

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