ACP InternistSM - May 2009
Primary Care Coordination
Internist follow-up key for breast cancer survivors
Breast cancer survivors may recover from their illness only to face the same diseases as their "well" peers, such as hypertension and diabetes. Experts suggest a shared care model to keep breast cancer survivors healthy.
Practice hassles have more docs going locum
Economic factors and bureaucratization are prompting more internists to adopt locum tenens employment as a career path. Read the stories of doctors who have made the switch successfully.
Fibromyalgia's symptoms real but be cautious in diagnosis
A rheumatologist with 25 years of fibromyalgia research experience questions the current paradigm surrounding the elusive illness.
Recalls for arrhythmia drug, infusion pumps, defibrillators
A summary of approvals, recalls, warnings and alerts from the Food and Drug Administration.
In the News
Cardiology update: afib, medications for heart failure
Clinical updates from the reports compiled by ACP IntenristWeekly.
After beating cancer, survivors needs a medical home
Breast cancer survivors often drift away from their primary care provider—sometimes for years. A shared care model could help these women head off the other diseases that may also affect them, such as hypertension or diabetes.
It's just old age—or is it? Don't be guided by stereotypes
Would you make the same diagnosis in a 50-year-old patient that you would in an 80-year-old? This and a vague history led one internist to press for a better answer to a patient's anemia and SED rate.
New tool makes it easy to add crucial family history to EHRs
Electronic medical records are slowly pushing out the family history, eliminating valuable diagnostic information. But a free tool offers an easy way to restore important details to a clinician's files.
Letters to the Editor
Readers react to ACP Internist Coverage
PSA tests, fibromyalgia and reconsidering clinical impressions are discussed and debated by ACP members.
Rural experience, global perspective for health care reform
In the midst of an economic recession and escalating health care costs, the College develops directions and solutions for health care reform.
Can Obama team navigate rough waters of health reform?
A large number of Americans favor health care reform, which could help the new President as he seeks to overcome mandates, taxes and pay cuts.
What's new in other publications from the American College of Physicians
ACP introduces a new book, "How to Write, Publish and Present in the health Sciences," as well as six Webcasts from Internal Medicine 2009.
Coding and Reimbursement
PQRI overhaul uncovers faults and initiates fixes for 2009
A chief medical officer with Medicare explains how the agency listened to doctors to improve and made easier a program that promises more reimbursement for the care you're already delivering to your patients.
FTC rule requires doctors to monitor identity theft red flags
New rules treat doctors' offices like banks and credit card companies, holding them responsible for identity theft the same way they're responsible for patient privacy.
A practical guide for creating and maintaining a 'red flag' program
Federal regulations require doctors' offices to set up written procedures to protect against identity theft. Practice pearls outline steps to follow to comply with the new law.
Regents act to boost public view of primary care
The Board of Regents voted at its spring meeting on several measures to enhance public and political perception of primary care and/or general internal medicine.
Regents offer solutions to primary care shortage
The Board of Regents on Monday approved a policy monograph which offers several solutions to the impending shortage of primary care physicians.
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