January 2002 Observer Contents
The placebo effect: more than sugar pills
Despite a debate over research, placebo proponents point to real results in patient care.
Should you test for H. pylori to treat dyspepsia?
The strategy appears to be popular, but the evidence is unclear on how many patients you can expect to help.
For doctors, the pressure is on to computerize
Regulations protecting patient information are giving new urgency to an old debate.
What internists need to know about the new Stark law
Final rules clarify when you can refer a patient for Medicare services and steer clear of anti-kickback problems.
Evaluation and management code changes in CPT 2002
CPT has added several new codes covering patient transport, critical care, care plan oversight and preventive medicine.
How to integrate a midlevel into your practice team Physicians often either give their midlevel providers too little responsibility and autonomy, or they expect them to do too much.
For female physicians, balance is an ongoing struggle
While few women complain about overt discrimination, tension about their role in the family still runs high.
Epiphanies and the human side of health care policy
The looming crisis in health care goes beyond affordable access to acute medical services. The real trouble ahead lies in caring for chronically ill patients.
Bioterrorism and more at this year's Annual Session
In addition terrorism-related sessions, this year's meeting will be packed with clinical updates, in-depth pre-Session courses and hands-on learning.
Coming soon to a chapter near you: patient safety CME courses.
College chapters present 17 Laureate Awards.
20 Governors-elect chosen in College's fall elections.
After 10 years, has RBRVS helped your bottom line?
While RBRVS has not increased internists' Medicare pay as much as hoped, spending on cognitive services has increased significantly.
Using strength in numbers to fight a Medicare pay cut
The College's efforts are just the latest round in a fight ACP-ASIM has been waging for several years.
ACP-ASIM announces efforts to prepare internists for bioterrorism.
Senate stimulus proposal would help improve access.
College position paper outlines support for Medicare drug benefit.
ACP-ASIM to insurance commissioners: prohibit restricted drug formularies.
Standards approved for national claims-processing accreditation program.
Obituaries: Walter Coe, FACP, Ceylon Lewis, MACP and John Mueller, FACP
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