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ACP-ASIM Observer
November 2000


Features

As recertifiation deadline nears, concerns keep growing
Complaints that recertification is inconvenient and irrelevant are giving way to new anxieties.

Recertification: Is it tougher for internists?
Some internists believe they face a tougher recertification process than most specialties

Do internists need a name change?
Some say the term "adult medicine" would lead to less confusion


Your Practice

The new ICD-9 codes that will affect internists
What you need to know about the most pertinent ICD-9 code changes for your practice

Tips to detect—and prevent—theft in your practice
divvying up financial duties among your office staff can help keep embezzlement at bay


For Residents

Tax refunds for residents? The issue heats up again Teaching hospitals say residents are exempt from certain taxes, but a new IRS memo may not agree


Commentary

With patients, fair play requires the right approach Communicating all the options to patients allows them to make the best choices


Letters

Passing the boards

Protesting recertification


CME

Chapter meetings

CME bulletin board


Deaths


Obituaries


College Watch

President's Column
How some internists are surviving the corporatization of medicine
Some internists are leaving corporate controlled medicine to put the joy back into what they do.


College Briefs

Governors debate resolutions on pay, tobacco and Fellowship

Chapters present 31 Laureate Awards

MKSAP 12 products available

New course will help mid-career internists pass the boards


Washington Perspective

Engaging the federal government on Medicare's antifraud program
How the College worked with to represent internists in the OIG's efforts to find fraud and abuse

College speaks up for practicing internists in meetings with health plan executives
College airs concerns about managed care problems like delayed payments, all-products clauses and formularies.


Policy briefs

OIG incorporates College recommendations into new compliance guidelines

College President testifies on access before Senate

ACP-ASIM holds symposium on Latino health in Miami

HCFA to Medicare carriers: no more "black box edits"


Nominations

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