November Observer Contents
Medically managing your pregnant patient
Internists need to play a bigger role to safeguard the health of moms and babies.
Obesity and pregnancy
One area where internists could make an enormous contribution in improving the health and safety of both pregnant mothers and their babies concerns obesity.
How to detect and treat gait disorders
Taking time to assess gait is an important part of patient evaluation.
Physicians and patients can find many downloadable educational materials to help seniors improve gait and avoid falls.
Hospitals adopt new protocols for stroke care
Advances in treatment and communication aim to improve stroke outcomes.
A 'doctor without orders' joins homegrown relief effort
Bypassing bureaucracy, an internist teams up with health professionals making their own way to the Gulf Coast.
Wrapping physicians' minds around quality improvement
Anger and denial can be major barriers to improving patient care and gearing up for pay for performance.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
The prevalence and complications of diabetes point to major gaps in the care of chronic disease.
Medicare ramps up coverage of power mobility devices
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has made several changes, including removing the physician specialty requirement for prescribing power-operated scooters.
Training programs step up efforts to prevent inpatient falls
Residents play a key role in assessing patients' risk of falls and prescribing necessary precautions.
Rediscovering generalists as complex care specialists
General internists feel that the value of their work is not being acknowledged.
College names nominees for ACP officers and regents.
Chapters present Laureates, volunteer awards.
Capitol Hill conference puts spotlight on student debt.
New heart disease DVD, guidebook free to members.
Can the 'medical home' model solve health care's woes?
The premise behind the medical home model is that care will be improved if patients have direct access to one physician.
College, others urge Congress to avert Medicare payment cuts.
ACP seeks support to retool, rescind payment formula.
Regents' Chair testifies on DTC ads.
ACP supports amendments on prisoner rights.
The MKSAP Challenge
A 36-year-old woman is admitted to the intensive care unit with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
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