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March 2001 Observer Contents

Features

When clinical practice isn't enough, some physicians find new careers
The job market for ex-clinicians is brisk—if you have the right stuff.

How to sell your medical degree in the job market
For physicians to succeed in the business world, education must be coupled with experience.

Five strategies for physicians to overcome burnout
Sick and tired of medical practice? A refreshed self, not greener pastures, may be what's needed.

Ethics Case Study:
When are industry-sponsored trials a good match for community doctors?
While it may be attractive to offer patients free medicine, physicians should consider other ramifications of joining an industry trial.

Commentary

Letters
Readers continue to share their views on the recertification controversy.
Web only

College leaders give update on recertification
In ongoing meetings with the ABIM, College leaders seek to address member concerns about the recertification process .

March Letters
Members give their opinions on leaving corporate medicine, physician-assisted suicide and the ABIM's response to recertification concerns.

Your Practice

Medicare changes some rules on home health billing
Medicare now pays a separate fee to certify and recertify home health care plans. Here's how to bill for these services.

Problems with patients? Fine-tune your front desk
Training in customer service and billing can improve patient satisfaction and office efficiency.

Three free tools to help you build a better practice
The College just made it easier to find new sources of revenue, improve efficiency and boost patient satisfaction.

Computers & Medicine

EMR software for internists: tips from an expert
You don't need to digitize all your patient information to take advantage of electronic medical records.

For Residents

For Residents Tips to recognize—and respond to—domestic violence
Learning how to gently ask for information is the first step toward helping abused patients .

Resident pay remains flat, but benefits improving
Despite regional variations in pay, the good news for all residents is that the benefits picture for everyone has improved.

Annual Session

How Georgia is paving the way for physician advocacy
The state's medical association recently took the Blues to court and won. It's just one of several 'firsts.'

Recertification questions? Annual Session can help
ABIM representatives will be on hand to explain key components of the Continuous Professional Development recertification program.

College Watch

President's Column
The year in review: ACP-ASIM's efforts on antibiotics, immunization and access to health care
public health issues to the forefront.

College to honor health care achievements at Annual Session
This year's honorees have excelled in patient care, research, education and public service.

College to name 44 new Masters
These highly distinguished physicians have achieved recognition for significant contributions to internal medicine.

Candidates elected to ACP-ASIM Fellowship Jan. 1, 2001
These internists have been recognized by their peers for personal integrity, professional accomplishment and demonstrated scholarship.

College Briefs

College names new Annals editor.

Regents approve resolutions, partnership with bookseller.

College elects new officers.

Annals Web site will require password.

Best Evidence 5 on CD-ROM released.

CCA now The Practice Management Center.

Clinical Problem-Solving Cases offers institutional discounts.

Two chapters find unique ways to give to ACP-ASIM Foundation.

Foundation grant applications due April 3.

Washington Perspective

What price will medicine have to pay to protect patients' right to privacy?
Writing a law to protect medical record confidentiality has proven to be a daunting task.

Policy Briefs

College begins working with new Congress, administration.

College suggests improvements for HCFA's PRO program.

ACP-ASIM supports Mass. efforts to disclose contents of cigarettes.

Commission outlines strategy to reduce youth violence.

Obituaries

Deaths

CME

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