October Observer Contents
New kidney disease strategy aimed at earlier intervention
The goal is to slow, halt, prevent or partially reverse kidney disease through medical treatments and lifestyle changes.
Getting patients right drugs at right time no easy task
With reconciliation a top source of medical errors, hospitals are under pressure to improve their programs.
COPD is high on mortality, low on public recognition
Campaign urges those at risk to get checked and asks physicians to be more vigilant about screening.
The business of medicine
Quick clinics find niche in health market
They’re convenient and affordable but critics warn that quality may suffer.
Incentives may speed transition to e-prescribing
Insurers and states see huge savings but doctors worry about cost, disruption.
Sorting through the latest breast imaging alternatives
A breast imaging expert weighs in on MRIs, ultrasound, PET scanning and digital mammography.
National series highlights efforts to ‘remake medicine’
Reducing catheter-associated infections with business principles.
Sorting through the options for screening and treatment.
Make sure your diagnosis codes match ICD-9 changes
New codes in effect Oct. 1.
Listening and prioritizing help keep the visit on track
Tips for finding out what’s really wrong with your patients before they have their 'hand on the doorknob.'
Handoff Rx: knowing what to say and how to say it
Standardized forms, written and verbal reports help residents avoid potential problems during transfers.
ABIM invites residents to apply for research grants.
Boston internist is reaching out to Iraq’s physicians
Building professional societies and CME in war-torn areas.
Low health literacy can be harmful to patients’ health.
Primary care finally getting policymakers’ attention.
Call for Board of Governors resolutions.
Specialty society a little-known perk of ACP Membership.
ACP advocates for changes in consultation policy.
ACP President warns of payment cuts in proposed fee schedule.
ACP physicians meet with members of Congress about Medicare cuts.
ACP president commends working group on health care access.
Medicare moves to income-based premiums.
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