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November Observer Contents


RecertificationAs a measure of physician competence, recertification receiving mixed response
Some internists, along with hospitals and health plans, are opting out of the process.
Nov '02

Clinical Medicine

COX-2s get a boost for treating osteoarthritis pain
New guidelines urging the use of more aggressive drug therapies are raising serious questions.
Nov '02

Pre-op evaluations: emerging evidence for four areas
A look at patient safety practices that can make an enormous difference in patient morbidity and mortality.
Nov '02

Special Supplement

Handheld computing and your practice.
Nov '02



Malpractice crisis: a physician responds
It is ridiculously simplistic to think that physicians' actions alone account for any and all errors.
Nov '02

Your Practice

Tips to help you avoid making common billing mistakes
Watch out for incomplete information, incorrectly entered information and filing deadlines.
Nov '02

For Residents

Rx for success: learning how to work well with nurses
One of the more difficult aspects is balancing your clinical skills with the hands-on experience of RNs.
Nov '02

College Watch

President's Column
How the College is helping its medical student members
College programs and services aim to attract more students to careers in internal medicine.
Nov '02

Governors discuss drug switching, Medicare pay, more
The Governors advocate uniform reimbursements for inpatient services and prohibitions on selling physicians' prescribing data.
Nov '02

Nominees named for College officers and Regent positions
Meet the candidates running for ACP-ASIM leadership roles.
Nov '02

Chapters present 40 Laureate Awards
Awards honor chapter members who demonstrate outstanding service to the chapter, the College or the community.
Nov '02

Washington Perspective

Can Congress redeem its record of failure on health care?
Congress has little time to right a big wrong by reversing cuts in Medicare payments for physician services.
Nov '02

Strategies for effective advocacy in state chapters
Tips for having a greater influence on your state laws and regulations.
Nov '02

Policy Briefs

ACP-ASIM seeks Senate support of liability reform.
Nov '02

College opposes new hepatitis B codes.
Nov '02

ACP-ASIM urges Congress to fund new nursing legislation.
Nov '02

College warns HHS about new inpatient coding system.
Nov '02

ACP-ASIM gives HHS recommendations on new strategic plan.
Nov '02

Member News

Obituary: Robert M. Kark, MACP.
Nov '02




Chapter Meetings


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