September Observer Contents
From minor annoyances to treatment delays, physicians feeling fallout of HIPAA privacy law
Physicians, patients and hospitals experience missteps in the brave new world of HIPAA compliance.
Another source of HIPAA confusion: attorneys
Why requests for patient records from attorneys are giving some physicians pause.
New drugs—and some respect—for IBS
Revised guidelines and targeted therapies are leading to a new view of the condition.
Does diet affect IBS?
While many patients suspect that what they eat is a factor, physicians aren't so sure.
Alzheimer's or age? Some tips to make the right diagnosis
Tips to recognize dementia—and strategies to avoid mistaking common conditions for Alzheimer's.
The new ICD-9 codes that every internist should know
Most insurers will give you until Jan. 1 to start using new codes to report your services.
Last-second strategies for the HIPAA transactions rule
With the Oct. 16 deadline looming, you need to make sure your cash flow is protected if claims are rejected.
Steering clear of malpractice problems in residency
While housestaff aren't generally included in lawsuits, there strategies to help you play it safe.
Don't get slammed by tail coverage
One physician discovered that not reading an insurance contract carefully could cost him thousands.
To revitalize internal medicine, look back to its roots
A look at the issues behind the specialty's problems with identity and career satisfaction.
Regents discuss revitalizing internal medicine, more
ACP leaders look at action on practice hassles, medical student debt and reimbursement for telephone care.
A look at ACP's summit to rejuvenate the specialty
Board of Regents Chair Mary T. Herald talks about what internal medicine must do to save itself.
Candidates elected to Fellowship in July 2003.
Free patient videos target minority groups
Give patients advice on common health issues among various racial and ethnic groups in America.
E-prescribing: the next 'unfunded' mandate for doctors?
Why the College doesn't support legislation to force electronic prescribing technology on physicians.
Medicare bill must address physician pay, other issues
ACP has been urging Congress to make sure that Medicare reform legislation does not hurt access to care.
ACP objects to onerous Medicare billing privileges proposal.
College supports bill to create health care workforce commission.
College to Senate: Help fund technology to improve patient safety.
Physicians must file claim form for Aetna settlement by Sept. 30.
Readers discuss the future of internal medicine and physician assistants.
The MKSAP Challenge
A 43-year-old man comes to the emergency room for evaluation of severe chest pain that awoke him from sleep.
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