February Observer Contents
Taking a tough stand on nonbillable care
Fed up, some physicians are charging patients for services they once gave away.
10 recruiting tips to stay fully staffed in a tough market
You can find a good fit with planning, perseverance and patience.
New thinking on 'precancers' shows promise
Armed with data and drugs, researchers' focus is on prevention, not just treatment.
Members share their views on liability insurance and attracting students to internal medicine.
Tips to talk to patients in terms they'll understand
Low levels of "health literacy" mean that most patients understand less than half of what you tell them.
CPT changes codes for patient transport, labs and call Internists will be most affected by changes to codes for patient transport, blood collection and special services.
Coming soon: more changes to the CLIA regulations
A look at how the latest revisions might make life easier for physicians with labs.
Answers to questions about the HIPAA privacy rule
Recent guidelines offer tips to help you meet the rapidly approaching April compliance deadline.
New College report shows access problems are growing
An overview of the College's new report that points out the magnitude of some of America's access problems.
New Medicare fee schedule: mixed news—and confusion
Delays in publication give physicians more time to fight Medicare cuts and to opt out of the program.
College supports parts of guidelines to curb unethical drug marketing.
HHS will take over J-1 visa waiver program.
How the College is working to reduce the hassle factor
By meeting with regulatory body representatives and insurers, the College has successfully reduced some regulatory burdens.
Hassle factor resources from the College
Articles and links to help you navigate common practice hassles.
Bioterrorism, other hot topics on Annual Session agenda
This year's meeting will feature a keynote speech from the director of the CDC and other topical sessions.
Osler quotes, musculoskeletal exam focus of two new books from College.
Help for treating mild traumatic brain injuries.
The MKSAP Challenge
Test your knowledge of treatment for persistent GERD.
Obituary: Eli L. Borkon
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