American College of Physicians: Internal Medicine — Doctors for Adults ®


May Observer Contents

Clinical Medicine

The new thinking on perioperative medicine
Recent results question some benefits of beta-blockers and revascularization.
May '06


Special focus

Colorectal cancer
Early detection, usually before any symptoms occur, correlates with curability.
May '06

The Business of Medicine

Will HSAs lead to smarter spending or sicker patients?
Internists are giving health savings accounts a mixed welcome.
May '06

Key health spending
A quick look at national health care spending.
May '06

Your Practice

Billing changes you need to know for hospice patients
Moving from curative to palliative care signals an important change in billing practice.
May '06

Measuring Performance

How to stay ahead of the curve on quality improvement
To keep overhead costs from spiraling way out of control, practices must start small and embrace change.
May '06

CMS program gives doctors a glimpse of P4P future
While it lacks financial incentives, the program gives volunteers a trial run in reporting performance data.
May '06


Beaming images overseas sparks controversy at home
Outsourcing trend promises savings and access but some worry that remote contracts take a toll on quality.
May '06

The Match

Match: Internal medicine still lukewarm draw for grads
Lifestyle, income and mentoring concerns remain the chief reasons for the strong appeal of subspecialties.
May '06


Internist stirs passions, debates with a medical blog
The online forum helps him connect with a virtual community—and gives free rein to his inner 'rant'.
May '06


Pay for performance disrupts the physician patient relationship.
May '06

College Watch

President's Column
Internist as patient advocate: You can make a difference
Advocacy is an essential obligation to patients--and adds significantly to professional satisfaction.
May '06


College Briefs

New ACP center kicks off second phase.
May '06

ACP's diabetes initiative posts impressive gains.
May '06

Call for fall 2006 Governors resolutions.
May '06

Time to renew your ACP membership.
May '06

Washington Perspective

The promise and challenge of health care 'transparency'
Any transparency model we adopt must be specific to our industry, and not borrowed from another industry.
May '06

Policy Briefs

ACP leaders call for revamping health care.
May '06

College, others, comment on 'medically unbelievable' program.
May '06


The MKSAP Challenge
A 58-year-old man with a history of congestive heart failure develops psoriatic arthritis.
May '06



Chapter Meetings


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