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January 2001 Observer Contents

Features

New breed of gifts from drug makers: Good for care or crossing the line?
Drug makers are giving away services that can help physicians run their practices, but some worry whether medicine is crossing the line

Samples: cost-driver or safety net?
Drug samples are useful for treating the uninsured, but do they build demand for the most expensive medications?
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As doctors leave hospital practices, some are finding a 'soft landing'
As they part ways, some hospitals are helping physicians make the jump to keep patient referrals coming

Commentary

ABIM responds to concerns about recertification
ABIM explains its view of the current recertification process and future improvements

January Letters
Members respond to cover story on recertification from November ACP-ASIM Observer

Your Practice

How to recruit the right physician for your practice
To find a good fit, devote staff to the task and ask the right questions

Recruiting resources
Books, guides and sites to help you find job candidates and check their backgrounds
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CPT 2001 updates evaluation and management codes
The newest CPT brings revisions to E/M services guidelines, critical care codes and plan oversight codes

For Residents

Teaching residents to control the costs of care
Housestaff can learn to balance the bottom line without sacrificing quality

College Watch

President's Column
ACP-ASIM launches new initiative to boost adult immunization rates
Despite the economic disincentive to immunize patients, vaccines play a large role in preventing disease

College Briefs

College chapters present 10 Laureate Awards

College's Clinical Skills Program honored by CME educators

New College book offers help for office-based preceptors

Annual Session for Associates: clinical skills and networking

Washington Perspective

The 2001 Medicare fee schedule: good news for all internists
Medicare's new payment policies should make 2001 a happy new year for all internists, regardless of their subspecialty

CME

January

Chapter Meetings

January

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