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ACP Internist / February 2008

Cover Features

Practice Management

Investing in EHRs pays off in paperless perksInvesting in EHRs pays off in paperless perks
Second in a six-part series on small practice issues
February '08




Physician-Patient Communication

One intervention, many ways to explain risks
How can doctors inform patients about potential outcomes without unduly influencing their choices?
February '08

News Features


Ethical Dilemmas

Examining the ethical dilemmas that occur in everyday practice, by Lachlan Forrow, FACP
A Harvard expert moderates a new column on ethical case studies and suggests some practical strategies for handling and preventing conflicts
Case study: The ethics of end-of-life care erupt in the ICU
February '08

Editor’s Note
It’s a numbers game: How should physicians inform patients about risk?
February '08

Cartoon Caption ContestCartoon Caption Contest
February’s winning entry
February '08





Practical GenomicsPractical Genomics
Companies may bring genetic scans direct to consumers
February '08



Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to Mindful Medicine, Ethics columns
February '08


Will baby boomers’ clout lead to better care for the elderly?
Geriatrician and author Robert Butler, MD, has long been involved in activities that have changed the way the U.S. medical establishment and the public view aging.
February '08

Business of Medicine

Adding cosmetic procedures lifts internists’ sagging incomesAdding cosmetic procedures lifts internists’ sagging incomes
Stagnating incomes encourage some primary care physicians to add botulinum toxin injections and chemical peels to their menu of services
February '08

Practice Management

Practice Rx
February '08

PMC Tips
February '08

March 1 deadline for NPI numbers approaching
February '08

Communication Skills

Computer screen can be barrier between doctor and patient
February '08

Put patients in the driver’s seat to steer toward better healthPut patients in the driver’s seat to steer toward better health
Engaging patients in managing their own chronic diseases can be the key to helping them achieve their goals and improve outcomes
February '08


Physician Profile

John B. Bass, Jr., MACP: Physician, mentor uses life and literature as teaching tools
February '08


Practice management experts urge doctors to use the Web
February '08

Web WatchWeb Watch
Virtual lounge connects far-flung physicians seeking advice
February '08



National Trends

Health insurance coverage[PDF] varies regionally
February '08

Regulatory Review

The latest drug alerts and approvals
February '08

The Campaign Trail

Which White House hopefuls are listening to ACP’s options
February '08


Washington Perspective
February '08

President's MessagePresident’s Message
February '08



Deadline for "Internists as Artists" program entries
February '08

Call for Fall 2008 Board of Governors Resolutions
February '08

Nominate your heroes, mentors, and colleagues for ACP awards and masterships
February '08

CME Bulletin Board



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