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October Observer Contents

Clinical Medicine

Options and challenges in treating RA
Drugs give better control of a once-crippling disease—but need close monitoring.
Oct '04

Referring a patient with breast problems? You can manage many common complaints
Breast specialists say that they see many cases that can be successfully dealt with in the primary care setting.
Oct '04


Doctors take tort reform fight directly to voters
In state elections, physicians press for ballot initiatives that would cap awards and fees.
Oct '04

ACP members champion their presidential candidates
A gastroenterologist from Texas and a retired internist from Washington discuss why their man deserves to be in the White House.
Oct '04



Hospitalist leader looks at the new field's evolution
A growing body of evidence shows that inpatient physicians deliver efficient, cost-effective care.
Oct '04

Your Practice

How should you bill and code for patients with diabetes?
Proper billing and coding will help ensure prompt payment and compliance with standards.
Oct '04

Diabetes care: the right way to bill and code lab tests
Medicare will probably pay for lab tests related to diabetic care if tests are supported by diagnosis code.
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For Residents

Residents help raise the bar on infection control efforts
Training programs highlight techniques housestaff can use to cut rising rates of hospital-acquired infections.
Oct '04

College Watch

President's Column
Defining a core ideology for the specialty and College
One unifying concept emerges from all our profession's goals: ensuring quality health care.
Oct '04

College Briefs

ACP co-sponsoring key information technology summit.
Oct '04

College offers support in completing ABIM diabetes module.
Oct '04

ACP course can help internists diagnose problem drinking.
Oct '04


The MKSAP Challenge
A 30-year-old, HIV-infected man has a one-week history of increasing headaches, fever and other symptoms.
Oct '04



Chapter Meetings


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