April 2001 Observer Contents
With malpractice costs skyrocketing, some physicians are talking 'crisis'
Fallout of the litigious environment includes recruiting problems and defensive medicine.
How one project is helping doctors improve patient scheduling, more
Physicians are joining an ambitious effort to improve access to care and reduce delays in appointment scheduling.
Why we must take responsibility for health care's woes
Have physicians taken an active enough role in shaping today's health care climate?
Same-day discharges: HCFA has changed its policy
Medicare's new payment policy for same-day discharges now deviates from CPT.
Computers & Medicine
Want to avoid drug errors? New software can help
Vendors are introducing low-cost programs for handheld computers that prevent common errors. Apr. '01
Managing the fifth vital sign: your patients' pain
By learning to use drugs and other therapies wisely, residents can bring hurting patients needed relief.
Internal medicine: healers for adults
Reflections on the noble calling of healing patients.
College to release the final section of its MKSAP 12 text; CD-ROM coming soon
"A quantum leap forward": more accessible MKSAP 12 is a multipurpose resource.
College chapters present 11 Laureate Awards.
Nominations for awards, Masterships due July 2.
In an effort to cut Medicare's red tape, Congress is proposing tough new legislation
MERFA will help eliminate unnecessary paperwork by focusing on error prevention rather than intrusive audits.
College joins new efforts to reform HCFA's policies
The College is supporting Congressional efforts to force HCFA to ease the Medicare hassle factor .
ACP-ASIM protests the use of all-products clauses.
College lobbies for refundable tax credits for health insurance.
ACP-ASIM concerned about MBHO-physician communication.
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