Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes articles on moonlighting, dealing with patients who won't leave, avoiding ART errors in HIV patients, and more.


Moonlighting is well known as a source of extra income for hospitalists and shift coverage for hospitalist programs, but it can provide other benefits, both to physicians and hospitals. Our cover story analyzes some factors that hospitalists thinking of either being or hiring a moonlighter might want to consider, and it points out a few other ways that physicians can increase their income.

Our inside stories this month delve into a couple of issues that can cause frustrations for hospitalists—prescribing antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV and dealing with patients who don't want to be discharged. Read infectious disease experts' advice on making sure that your inpatients with HIV receive the appropriate medications, and then test your own ART knowledge in this month's quiz from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP 16). In another article, several hospitalists explain the strategies and systems they've developed to deal with patients who don't want to leave the hospital. Addressing the topic early with clear, team-based communication can increase the chances of a resolution that doesn't require conflict or security personnel.

Pulmonary hypertension is the focus of our Expert Analysis and coding column this month—learn how to diagnosis and treat the condition, and then how to get paid for your work.

This issue also includes a preview of Internal Medicine Meeting 2015, which this year will include not only the annual scientific sessions but also the celebration of ACP's centennial. Come to Boston from April 30 to May 2 (with precourses on April 28 and 29) to check out the many offerings for hospitalists in person, or make use of the new options for remote learning from the meeting.

Finally, I'd like to introduce myself as the new editor-in-chief of ACP Hospitalist. You've been reading my words as one of the magazine's writers for years, and in my new role, I hope to continue our history of providing useful, thought-provoking articles for all types of hospitalists. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered in upcoming issues, or other comments or suggestions, please contact us.

Sincerely,
Stacey Butterfield
Editor-in-Chief, ACP Hospitalist