April Observer Contents
As the malpractice crisis enters year two, doctors and insurers flee some markets
In addition to facing double-digit premium hikes, doctors in some states are losing access to malpractice coverage as insurers flee.
In battle to restore Medicare pay cuts, College receives mixed message
As ACP-ASIM continued to press for a halt to this year's Medicare pay cut, the government claimed it sees no compelling evidence of underpayment.
Lessons learned from last fall's anthrax attacks
Maryland's bioterrorism coordinator talks about her state's response to the anthrax attacks—and their plans to prepare for future attacks.
With smoking cessation drugs, dosing is key
By using the right drug doses and combining therapies you can take some concrete steps to help patients stop smoking for good.
How to convince patients it's time to quit
To help patients stop smoking, you must find the motivation that best fits each patient's individual circumstances.
Tips to spot patients who abuse prescription drugs
An addiction specialist gives pointers on how to spot drug-seeking patients--and how to avoid becoming entangled with them.
10 questions to identify drug-seeking patients
A tool to help you differentiate legitimate medical need from addiction.
Want to enroll in Medicare? You'll need a new form
Instructions and tips for using CMS' new form to enroll as a Medicare provider.
Computers and Medicine
Palmtops today do more than check your prescriptions
Drug reference software is still hot, but a boom in new titles for handhelds is changing physician routines.
When hospital mainframes meet physicians' PDAs
One hospital discovers the benefits of networking PDAs.
Wanted: physicians interested in clinical research
While you'll have to retool parts of your practice to meet new challenges, you can expect payoffs--including new revenues.
What have we done for you lately in Washington?
Updates on the progress of the College's advocacy efforts so far this year.
College questions proposal requiring medical translators.
Joint negotiations bill would level playing field.
ACP-ASIM supports bioterror preparedness.
Now online: College policy positions explained simply.
ACP-ASIM calls on Congress for medical liability reform.
How the College's Foundation is improving medicine
The ACP-ASIM Foundation has funded 14 projects to promote goals including educating medical students and patients and boosting professionalism.
College to give 14 awards for health care achievement
The College will honor 11 individuals and three organizations for their exemplary work in health care.
College to name 36 new Masters
Honorees will progress to the highest level of College membership.
College chapters present 12 Laureate Awards.
New York Chapter receives heart disease grant.
ACP-ASIM members in the news.
Obituaries: Alvan R. Feinstein, MACP and Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, MACP
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Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, 2nd Edition
This new edition reflects recent clinical and social changes and continues to present the important issues facing practitioners and their LGBT patients. Read more about the Guide. Also see ACP’s recent policy position paper on LGBT health disparities.
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