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March Observer Contents

Clinical Medicine

Internists play key role in DVT prevention
Experts urge wider prophylaxis but leave doctors to work out clinical details.
March '06

Cancer survivors are getting lost to follow-up
Late effects among survivors have become more common, due to the increasing complexity of cancer treatments.
March '06

Patients' fears help keep incontinence in the closet
Bringing up the issue in annual exams and suggesting simple solutions can help patients gain better control.
March '06


Special focus

Acute coronary syndromes may account for as many as 2 million hospitalizations in the U.S. every year.
March '06


Computers & Medicine

Group purchasing puts EHRs in small offices
Physicians find strength in numbers when negotiating with technology vendors.
March '06

Advocacy Update

College warns of looming collapse of nation's primary care
ACP leaders issue sweeping recommendations to safeguard primary care and boost physician workforce numbers.
March '06


Measuring Performance

What can go wrong with pay-for-performance incentives
Because the road to quality improvement contains so many pitfalls, here are some traps to look out for.
March '06

College taking lead role in pay-for-performance planning
Physicians need to have a decisive voice in how these programs are designed.
March '06

For Residents

Residents finding their place on rapid response teams
While teams may reduce the rates of codes and mortality, housestaff are still finding out where they fit in.
March '06

Annual Session Preview

Annual Session offers latest research, flexible format
New tracks, shorter programs and hands-on workshops will highlight diabetes care and pay for performance.
March '06


Your Practice

Medicare changes its rules on consult requirements
CPT code revisions and new policies mean consultation documenting and reporting changes for internists.
March '06


Looking to the arts to keep compassion in patient care
This internist and well-known author relies on 'right-brain' thinking to show that medicine goes beyond science.
March '06


Readers comment on care coordination codes, patient communication, and end-of-life care.
March '06

College Watch

President's Column
Members nationwide meet practice challenges head-on.
March '06

ACP Regents approve new 'medical home' care model
Regents also weigh in on disaster relief resources for College members and practice tools for geriatric patients.
March '06

College Briefs

ACP seeks nominations for awards, Masterships.
March '06

College Regent and Officer nominations due Aug. 1.
March '06

CPI now accepting practice applications.
March '06

Practices wanted for geriatric redesign pilot.
March '06

Coming soon: ACP member survey.
March '06

College issues new hospital medicine recertification module.
March '06

Governors seek member comments on resolutions.
March '06

College issues FAQs on 2006 payment and claims process.
March '06

New HIV patient education video now free to College members.
March '06

Clinical skills, informatics proposals wanted for Annual Session 2007.
March '06

New free ACP video helps asthma patients.
March '06

Washington Perspective

Building on 'big idea' momentum in a breakthrough year
Will 2006 be a breakthrough year in fixing what is wrong with American health care?
March '06

Policy Briefs

ACP touts Medicare 'buy in' to extend coverage.
March '06

ACP calls for changes in Part B drug-buying program.
March '06

ACP Services PAC

PAC completes its first full year.
March '06

Therapy briefs

The FDA takes action on inhalable insulin, ranolazine and more.
March '06


The MKSAP Challenge
A 55-year-old-man is hospitalized because of a four-week history of problems, including progress left-sided weakness.
March '06



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