April Observer Contents
Medicare's new office-drug payment policy has oncologists concerned about access
Because of reduced fees, physicians say office infusion services may be at risk.
Physicians reach out to help the underserved
Physician-volunteers rally communities to establish clinics for uninsured patients and use their skills overseas.
Getting the most out of community-based research
By paying attention to ethics and logistics, physicians can find intellectual and financial rewards in research.
Access fees have physicians moving cautiously
Doctors considering access fees are concerned about legal questions, patient backlash and getting ahead of the pack.
Complaints about your carrier? CMS wants to know
The CMS is trying to improve the services physicians get from Medicare carriers.
Group visits can save time, but are they right for you?
The new trend in scheduling group visits makes both physicians and patients happy.
Computers and Medicine
The case for computerizing health care now, not later
Both the private sector and government have to move forward with bringing computerization to medicine.
Tips for evaluating electronic medical record software
Many groups flub the software selection process by not taking the time to figure out what they really need.
A hard lesson: coping with the death of a special patient
Talking about patient deaths can help residents weather what can be one of the toughest parts of medical training.
The forces driving recertification in internal medicine.
Biting into the best of the 'Big Easy'
New Orleans offers some of the world's best restaurants, with a variety of culinary traditions.
Touring New Orleans, from the swamps to the arts
Sightseeing in the Crescent City features steamboats, voodoo shops, house tours, galleries and 'gators.
Young Physicians' Networking Breakfast.
The College's roots as a vital foundation for its future
Internal medicine has a long history of ambiguity and conflict.
Associates becoming full members eligible for discounts.
What's new in PIER.
New Governors-elect chosen in fall elections.
Chapters urged to participate in Leadership Day.
Chapters present eight Laureate Awards.
Cover the Uninsured Week slated for May 10-16.
Why medicine must lead the way to electronic records
Policies creating a new information infrastructure are too important to leave to the government.
College supports Senate action on changing fee update formula.
ACP calls on Senate to reject Medicaid cuts.
College comments on 2004 Medicare payment changes.
College supports Senate bill to reduce racial disparities.
ACP urges Senate passage of patient safety bill.
ACP provides fee schedule recommendations.
The MKSAP Challenge
A 56-year old postmenopausal woman is brought to the emergency department because of severe substernal burning pain and progressive dyspnea.
Candidates elected to Fellowship in January 2004.
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