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ACP InternistSM
September 2008

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Quality reporting hits some kinks

Quality reporting has hit some kinks, as internists decide whether Medicare bonus payments are worth the effort. Find these stories and a new edition of Medical News of the Obvious every Monday at ACP Internist's blog.

Cover Stories

Post-war, vets face new battle with PTSDPost-war, vets face new battle with PTSD
While the military screens soldiers returning from combat, post-traumatic stress disorder can show up months or years after, when the person may have left the military health system and returned to private care.
September ’08




E-prescribing order hits unprepared internistsE-prescribing order hits unprepared internists
Congressional mandates to tip internists to use e-prescribing could backfire, say experts who have tried—and sometimes failed—to incorporate the technology into their offices.
September ’08




Editor's Note
A digest of this month’s issue, including the mandate that puts e-prescribing on front burner
September ’08

Mindful Medicine, by Jerome Groopman, FACP, and Pamela Hartzband, FACPMindful Medicine
Don’t let emotion impede right diagnosis
A case study shows how affective errors can lead to a missed diagnosis, by Jerome Groopman, FACP and Pamela Hartzband, FACP
September ’08


Ethical Dilemmas
Son’s plea to prolong life at any cost sparks ethical quandary
Physicians aren’t obligated to provide end-of-life care that is ineffective or harmful, by Lachlan Forrow, FACP
September ’08

Practical GenomicsPractical Genomics
Target unique genetic diseases through common pathways
Marfan syndrome may benefit from angiotension receptor blockers, just one example of how genetic diseases can be cured by available drugs instead of genetic cures, by W. Gregory Feero, MD, PhD
September ’08

Test yourself
A MKSAP case study of menorrhagia marks the return of this popular feature to ACP Internist.
September ’08

President’s Message
Patients, generalists and subspecialists all gain from PCMH, by Jeffrey P. Harris, FACP
September ’08

Washington Perspective
What this year’s Medicare battle portends for health care
September ’08

Letter to the Editor
A reader reacts to ethics surrounding civilian and war-time prisoner containment.
September ’08

Cartoon Caption ContestCartoon Caption Contest
September’s winning entry

September ’08



ACP Highlights
What’s new in other College publications
September ’08

Practice Management

Practice RxPractice Rx
Update ICD-9 coding materials now to meet October deadline
September ’08



Clearing up confusion about choosing EHRs
September ’08

Conference Coverage

Endo ’08: new research ignites debate about best A1C goals
From diabetes and dyslipidemia to hormones and hirsutism, the Endocrine Society’s 90th annual meeting in San Francisco last June was a wellspring of new information and fresh debate.
September ’08

Green Medicine

Improving your patient’s health without hurting the planetImproving your patient’s health without hurting the planet
As evidence mounts about the effects of environmental degradation on all patients’ health, many physicians are making simple and environmentally friendly changes to their practices.
September ’08

Web Watch

Hospitalist doesn’t hold back on blog about rural medicine
September ’08

FDA Update

Warnings on fluoroquinolones, antipsychotics, becaplerminWarnings on fluoroquinolones, antipsychotics, becaplermin
September ’08




The Campaign Trail

Candidates split on staying with employer health coverage
September ’08

National Trends

Steady increases in number of obese[PDF] adults drove sharp rise in overweight populations since 1980
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys showed substantial increases in overweight among adults since 1980, primarily reflecting an increase in the percentage of adults 20–74 years of age who are obese.
September ’08


ACP program introduces leadership skills to young members
September ’08


September ’08

Chapter Meetings
September ’08

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