The Hospitalist (Vol 18, Issue 6)

The Hospitalist show

Summary: This month in our issue, 10 medical specialty groups offer Choosing Wisely guidelines for hospitalists. Among them, Dr. Linda Cox notes why comprehensive pulmonary assessment, including spirometry, is important to diagnosing or ruling out asthma; and otolaryngologist Dr. Rahul Shah tells why hospitalists should stop routine radiographic imaging for patients who meet the diagnostic criteria for uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis. Meanwhile, ABIM Foundation executive vice president and CEO Daniel Wolfson talks about why the Choosing Wisely campaign is not just another attempt at cost-containment. Also in this issue, legal advice for hospitalists on the intersection of social media and HIPAA rules, clinical practice guidelines on red blood cell transfusions, and our Key Clinical Question explores which patients should be screened for hepatitis C infection.