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ACP Internist - September 2010

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Lifelong Care

History is key after childhood disease

A generation ago, most children with severe disabilities died before reaching adulthood. Now, more than 90% survive. From cancer or congenital heart disease to cystic fibrosis and Down syndrome, pediatric survivors need internists who can coordinate chronic care.

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Medicine and Social Media

Should doctors worry about online ratings?

Consumers have free rein to anonymously post negative comments online about their physicians. Some are fighting back, while others learn how to turn potentially negative postings into a positive promotional tool for their practices.

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Rural Medicine

Targeting rural health scholars keeps doctors in Kansas

Small-town practice has appeal to physicians who were born and raised in such communities. The Scholars in Rural Health program seeks to expose medical students to underserved areas, nurture a desire to practice primary care and offer incentives such as loan forgiveness.

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International Medicine

Cuba is just across the water, but medically, a different world

ACP Member Paul Drain explored Cuba’s medical system and finds primary care broken down much differently than in the U.S., with more access resulting in less of a need for inpatient care. But the politics of re-establishing relations with the country are no less tenuous today than they’ve previously been.

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Success Story

Rhode Island practice adopts patient-centered medical home

A multi-specialty private practice takes on the challenges and expenses of converting to a patient-centered medical home model. Time is the biggest challenge as the conversion to an electronic medical record consumes one physician’s attention.

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FDA Update

Leflunomide gets boxed warning, ARBs under review

Recalls, warnings, approvals and other regulatory news.

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Perspectives

Editor’s Note

Childhood disease survivors need comprehensive care

A look at how internists can manage a rising population of patients who, while currently well, might need lifelong follow-up.

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Readers Respond

Letters to the editor

Reader comments on the role of ancillary services in an internal medicine practice, and on the need for attention to nutrition and lifestyle in caring for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Practical Genomics

Expectations exceed understanding in unraveling the genome

Genomic advances have come at a tremendous pace, yet frustration exists that the benefits are not available today. Members of the medical community debate where to focus resources to balance long-term goals against pressing needs.

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President’s Message

EHRs could solve resource overuse, free up physician time

Electronic health records can help physicians with the administrative burdens of practice, allowing them to focus on the clinical aspects of caring for patients.

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Washington Perspective

Monday morning quarterbacking doesn’t score touchdowns

The “failure” to permanently reform the sustainable growth rate formula shouldn’t jeopardize overall progress on health care reform.

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Practice Management

Success Story

Rhode Island practice adopts patient-centered medical home

A multi-specialty private practice takes on the challenges and expenses of converting to a patient-centered medical home model. Time is the biggest challenge as the conversion to an electronic medical record consumes one physician’s attention.

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Practice Rx

Claims coding edits target improper payments, errors

Knowing the ins and outs of claims coding edits speeds reimbursement, but they are tricky even for experienced office staffers. Learn how to do them properly, and what resources exist to help.

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CPII Tips

Easy ways to ensure meaningful use

Preparing, selecting and fully implementing an electronic health record require time and money at a time when there’s not a lot of either. Six easy steps can prepare staff to meet the core sets of objectives and measures.

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College News

Obituaries

Obituaries

ACP announces the passing of members.

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