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Article: Hearing Impaired Have Fewer Barriers to Healthcare Careers

Recent legislation, technological advances have helped deaf, hard-of-hearing individuals into healthcare professions

Billing & Coding: Common Coding Mistakes Hospitalists Should Avoid

Unclear planning, relevant data, undervaluing patient complexity among common coding errors

Article: Deaf Hospitalist Focuses on Teaching, Co-Management, Patient-Centered Care

Hospitalist team leader, educator Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, FACP, has changed how peers regard doctors with disabilities

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

Highlights of the August 2014 issue of The Hospitalist newsmagazine

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Departments

Team Hospitalist Q&A: Hospitalist Julie Fedderson, MD, Driven by Dedication to Patient Care

Internist focused on transitioning hospitalized patients to outpatient care, improving clinical documentation, implementing electronic health records

Key Clinical Question: How Should Hyponatremia Be Evaluated and Managed?

Measuring patients’ plasma and urine osmolarity, assessing volume status with physical exam, treating with hypertonic saline, and monitoring serum sodium levels are recommended

In the Literature: Epidemiology, Consequences of Non-Leg VTE

Non-leg VTE in critically ill patients was associated with a higher risk of pulmonary embolism during hospitalization, longer ICU stays

In the Literature: Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) May Help Determine Mortality Risk

Updated MELD model may provide more accurate method of predicting inpatient mortality rates for hospitalized cirrhotic patients with acute variceal bleeding

In the Literature: Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations Due to Insulin

Risk of insulin-related hypoglycemia in patients older than 80 should be considered prior to starting insulin regimen, increasing insulin dose

In the Literature: Healthcare Worker Attire Recommendations

Patients prefer formal, white coats on healthcare personnel (HCP), but patient satisfaction, confidence were not affected by less formal attire given potential infection risks from HCP clothing

In the Literature: Prediction Tool for Readmissions Due to End-of-Life Care

Factors used in prediction model can help identify end-of-life patients at high risk of readmissions, prioritize resources to minimize risk

In the Literature: Colonic Malignancy Risk Appears Low After Uncomplicated Diverticulitis

Risk of malignancy was less than 1% for patients who had a colonic evaluation after episode of uncomplicated diverticulitis

In the Literature: Physician Burnout Reduced with Intervention Groups

Small-group intervention lessened physicians’ feelings of depersonalization, emotional exhaustion while boosting engagement, empowerment

Society Pages: Society of Hospital Medicine’s Project BOOST Pays Off

Applications for 2014 cohort of hospital readmissions reduction program accepted through August 30

Society Pages: Academic Hospitalist Academy Helps Hospitalists Map Career Path

Society of Hospital Medicine co-sponsored program to guide academic hospitalists toward career in medical education, scholarship

Society Pages: Hospital Medicine Upcoming Events, Meetings, Symposiums

Highlights include Society of Hospital Medicine's Leadership Academy in November, HM15 in March

Society Pages: Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition Earns National Recognition

Society of Hospital Medicine among several healthcare, nutrition organizations behind award-winning public service campaign

Society Pages: Choosing Wisely Case Competition Deadline Is September 9

Society of Hospital Medicine award for winning case studies that implement high-value care principles of Choosing Wisely campaign

Society Pages: Society of Hospital Medicine’s 2015 Fellows Class Applications Welcome

All hospitalists, not just physicians, may apply for FHM, SFHM status

Society Pages: Society of Hospital Medicine Accepting Pre-Orders for 2014 HM Report

SHM’s latest bi-annual State of Hospital Medicine report available in September

Society Pages: Society of Hospital Medicine’s New Membership Ambassador Program Perks

Earn membership dues credits, chance to win free HM15 registration by recruiting new SHM members

Society Pages: CODE-H Medical Coding Education Program Becomes Interactive

Society of Hospital Medicine's webinar program adds interactive online component on SHM’s Learning Portal

Society Pages: Adult Hospital Medicine Boot Camp for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners

Society of Hospital Medicine's annual program scheduled Oct. 2–5 at Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel

Society Pages: TeamHealth Hospital Medicine Shares Performance Stats

Hospital medicine teams measure their performance based on Society of Hospital Medicine’s assessment scorecard

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Columns

From the Editor’s Desk: Medicare Billing Practices More Transparent as CMS Cracks Down on Overchargers

Agency to impose higher financial penalties, stricter disciplinary actions to curb careless billers

President’s Column: Hospital Patient Safety, Quality Movement Helped Propel Hospitalists

Early hospitalists well positioned to improve inpatient care, expand specialty

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