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Cover Story: Observation Status Not So Well-Defined in Hospitals

Use of inpatient designation in clinical practice inconsistent with CMS definition

Cover Story: CMS Allows Residents, Advanced Practitioners to Admit Inpatients

Clarification to agency’s final rule dispels concerns about limited admitting privileges for nonstaff physicians


Cover Story: Information Exchange Among Hospitals, Healthcare Providers Spikes

Number of exchanges overall jumps 41%, though amount of shared clinical-care summaries, medication lists still lacking

Cover Story: Healthcare Cost Containment Not High Priority for Most Physicians

Many pin responsibility on lawyers, insurers, hospitals, and health systems, JAMA survey shows


Cover Story: Medical Training Programs Adapt to Duty-Hour Changes

Study shows improved patient outcomes following 2003 reforms

Cover Story: Steroids May Increase Venous Thromboembolism Risk

Glucocorticoid use associated with significant increase in VTE occurrence, JAMA Internal Medicine study shows


Cover Story: Team Approach Vital to Treating Patients with Mental Illness

Pharmacists, psychiatrists can help hospitalists determine best drug plan for medically ill patients with psychiatric comorbidity

Cover Story: Hospital to Gauge Health Benefits of Therapeutic Garden

Oregon facility to study whether garden visits can reduce stress, anxiety for patients, families, and hospital staff


Cover Story: Hospitals Report 30-Day Readmissions Dip with SHM’s Project BOOST

Data show 2% drop in avoidable rehospitalizations as critics question program’s effectiveness, impact

Cover Story: Rising Medicare Spending for End-of-Life Care Brings Patients’ Wishes into Focus

Patients increasingly use hospice services over hospitalization in their last days, study shows

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