June Observer Contents
ACP leaders find attentive audience at Leadership Day
With an important election year approaching, health care reform has become a hot topic on Capitol Hill.
Drug therapies to nip allergies in the bud
Sneezing can lead to wheezing. Here's how to keep rhinitis from becoming asthma.
Surrogate decision-makers and end-of-life care: no 'right' answers, but plenty of tough choices
Helping families make decisions about palliative care when dying patients' wishes aren't known.
Avoiding trouble when using opiates to treat patient pain
Overcome fears about sanctions for overprescribing painkillers and patient addiction to better ease your patients' pain.
How to address spirituality issues at the end of life
To provide patients truly compassionate care, physicians need to look beyond the medical aspects of dying.
Seven simple steps to prevent outpatient drug errors
Statistics show that nearly half of all drug errors are the result of problems in the prescribing process.
Don't forget to tap a major safety resource: your patients
Tips to educate patients to do more to ensure their own safety.
Tips to talk to patients about end-of-life care
Tips to help steer families—and colleagues—clear of futile care.
Readers comment on physician assistants' scope of practice and accommodating cultural differences.
Strategies to help pass the internal medicine boards
While you won't succeed by cramming for this exam, you still have time to sharpen your test-taking skills.
With new name, ACP moves ahead with united strength
The new name recalls the College's historical roots, but it's also informed by ASIM's activism and advocacy to improve the practice environment.
ACP seeks nominees for awards, Masterships.
Regents nominations due Aug. 1.
New publication puts the best of Annual Session in one book.
Starting a new practice? Revised handbook can help.
Don't forget to pay chapter dues.
Creative solutions to physicians' time and pay dilemmas
The College is committed to developing creative solutions to fairly compensate internists for the time they spend with patients.
Medicare must now explain some denials to patients.
OIG warns physicians about joint ventures.
Problems with health plans? ACP wants to know.
College urges N.J. insurer to stop bundling, downcoding.
ACP protests insurer's move against gastroenterologists who work in hospitals.
Better communication from Medicare carriers is coming soon.
The MKSAP Challenge
How do you prevent fractures in an elderly patient on a multi-drug regimen?
ACP Members in the News
AMA honors student, resident and young physician leaders; Member named NIH deputy director.
Wallace N. Jensen, MACP, pioneer in hematology.
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