December Observer Contents
Study finds generation gap in guidelines
Single-disease focus may leave complex patients out of pay-for-performance pool.
Metabolic syndrome: flawed science or clinical tool?
As experts debate the validity of a label, clinicians weigh in on using it in practice.
Hypertension continues to wreak cardiovascular havoc among Americans.
Minimizing the hidden costs of quality improvement
Use ready resources to stem hospital-acquired infections
System-wide innovations—not more education—may be the answer to reducing the rate of deadly infections.
Coming soon to your hospital: pay for performance
Expect to see some of your compensation pegged to performance measures in the next few years.
Rediscovering the need for personal renewal
Physicians who carve out time to exercise and pursue non-medical interests may lead healthier, more balanced lives.
For traveling epidemiologist, disease has no borders
One frequent-flying internist has combined a lifelong love of travel with a bent for forensic medicine.
Will the new drug benefit affect physician workflow?
"Dual eligibles" and a new appeals process all promise to require more of your time.
Moonlighting: a tug-of-war between time and money
Opportunities abound, but work-hour rules and safety concerns are shrinking the pool of available residents.
Computers & Medicine
In one remote area, PIER helps physicians stay current
For two internists with limited subspecialty access, the ACP Web-based tool provides key clinical information.
A New Year's resolution: learn how to savor time
Managing a day of medical practice is a high-stakes art form that is not easily understood, or quickly learned.
College leaders weigh in on quality payments, more
The Regents also discussed family counseling reimbursement, EHR standards and drug importation.
Business, quality issues dominate Governors' meeting
Leaders debate ways to boost physician payments, redesign primary care practices and retool audit procedures.
ACP revises procedures for ethical complaints.
ACP to launch new practice innovation center.
Discounts now available on Annual Session 2005 recordings.
New HEALTH TiPS helps patients with Medicare Part D.
College-supported organization offers volunteer opportunities overseas.
New free toolkit available to help fight meningitis.
Politics and fee cuts: Is any real solution in sight?
Once again, we're considering the prospect of achieving only a temporary SGR fix, at best.
ACP leaders present physician statements on Capitol Hill.
College recommends tighter control of DTC advertising.
The MKSAP Challenge
A 45-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department for nausea and severe dizziness.
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