November Observer Contents
For these internists, in-house ancillary services can boost revenue—and physician morale
A look at how some internists are bringing services like X-rays, treadmill testing and bone densitometry into their offices.
Must you disclose mistakes made by other physicians?
Your colleague never recommended a follow-up X-ray, and now you have to tell the patient he has cancer.
Strategies to treat unexplained symptoms
Somatizing patients can be a source of professional satisfaction-not frustration.
How to use coding 'edits' to prevent billing problems
Medicare has put information to help physicians avoid rejected claims online, and it's free.
A list of Medicare coding edits by procedure
You can download correct coding initiative edits by type of service or procedure.
Fine-tuning your practice's finances? Try these tools
A new ACP publication can help you improve the way you collect and use financial data.
Board exams about to make the move to computers.
How touch and talk can help you connect with patients
Basic strategies like avoiding jargon and talking at eye level can help focus visits—and make everyone happier.
More on efforts to revitalize internal medicine.
Performance measures should help, not punish, doctors
How ACP is getting involved to make sure that physician input is included in new measures.
Governors approve steps on PAC, recertification, more
Discussion about recertification focuses on alternate pathways that would use a literature-based CME model.
EMRs and performance measures offer promise—and problems
Two College talk about health care's efforts to promote quality and how they may affect physicians.
College names nominees for ACP officers and Regents.
Chapters present 42 Laureate Awards.
New ACP brochure educates patients on the risk of stroke.
How performance measures can actually help internists
Physicians who meet the mark could receive bonuses—and be exempt from some of the current administrative requirements.
ACP President-elect outlines access problems for legislators.
College calls for an end to mandatory hospitalist policies.
ACP expresses concern about final rule on emergency medical care.
College urges Medicare to pay physicians' costs of administering drugs.
College asks for oversight on Rx data sales, deceptive practices of some DME suppliers.
The MKSAP Challenge
A 55-year-old woman with mild hypertension and blood pressure that ranges from 140-151/90-96 mm Hg asks about alternatives to drugs to lower her blood pressure.
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