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Archive - May 2013


Rheumatology

Early interventions overlooked in OA

Early interventions overlooked in OA

By Charlotte Huff

Osteoarthritis has been somewhat neglected, according to a recently formed consortium that is advocating for more proactive diagnosis and intervention. Earlier screening and a less reactive approach might head off some of the worst of the difficulties and related treatment costs.

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Careers in Medicine

Look before leaping into a large health system

Look before leaping into a large health system

By Terri D’Arrigo

Many physicians are leaving private practice and turning to large health systems to give them breathing room to care for their patients and restore work-life balance. But before making the leap, physicians should ensure that the move is the best one.

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Doctor as Patient

Reflections from a physician who faced his mortality

Reflections from a physician who faced his mortality

By Pamela Hartzband, MD, FACP, and Jerome Groopman, MD, FACP

A physician who developed severe heartburn recalls his thinking as he reflects on his own progressively severe symptoms and increasingly worrisome differential diagnosis.

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President’s Message

Professional excellence, service make ACP essential

By Molly Cooke, MD, FACP

In her first column, ACP’s incoming president reflects on how internists can make themselves essential to their patients through membership in the College.

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Washington Message

Sequestration’s cutbacks could cause patients serious harm

By Robert B. Doherty

As sequestration’s impact on health care looms, physicians must tell members of Congress reach a bipartisan agreement with the president to reduce spending on less effective and lower-priority programs, increase funding for more important and more effective programs, and further trim health care spending by focusing on unnecessary care.

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The Patient’s Voice

Toward a patient- and family-centered practice

By Gordon J. Harvieux, MD

A physician in the process of transforming his practice into a medical home discovered a resource that was already at his fingertips: patients and families who could help apply patient- and family-centered care concepts to primary care.

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Editor’s Note

Earlier recognition may help outcomes in osteoarthritis

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

Interventions such as exercise and weight loss are more likely to be successful for osteoarthritis if it is detected early.

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Conference Coverage

Business experts urge small-practice doctors to take action

Business experts urge small-practice doctors to take action

By Stacey Butterfield

Speakers at a recent Business of Medicine Summit had some grim predictions and urgent alerts for attendees: “Start preparing for that storm that’s partly on the coast but not here yet.”

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Practice Rx

Medicare clarifies, updates several claims payment issues

Medicare clarifies, updates several claims payment issues

By Debra Lansey

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released statements regarding claims payment issues that it will be correcting in the near future, including enforcing coding conventions and restructuring system edits.

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CPII Tips

HIPAA omnibus final rule—it’s time to brush up on the basics

By ACP Staff

With the release of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) omnibus rule, it’s time to take a fresh new look at office policies, procedures and practices.

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FDA Update

Azithromycin gets warning, incretin mimetics investigated

Azithromycin gets warning, incretin mimetics investigated

By Stacey Butterfield

This regulatory update covers a new warning on azithromycin about abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart, and a possible increased risk of pancreatitis and precancerous findings from incretin mimetic drugs.

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College Watch

Chapter awards

ACP announces chapter awards for Members, Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, or service to their community, their chapter, and the College.

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Crossed Words

Going viral

ACP Internist’s new puzzle feature challenges readers to seek answers to clues placed horizontally in rows to reveal an answer written vertically.

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Test Yourself

From the MKSAP case studies

From the MKSAP case studies

A 55-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department after experiencing fever and chills yesterday evening and bilateral arm pain and a rash on the upper extremities upon awakening this morning. The patient ate raw oysters from the Gulf Coast 3 nights ago. He was recently diagnosed with hemochromatosis. Which pathogen is most likely causing the patient’s current findings?

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