November/December 2014


Virtual visits pose real issues for physicians

There could be 1 million virtual health consultations done by phone or video by the end of 2014, with growth expected in 2015. Observers are weighing the benefits of access against the potential lack of an ongoing doctor-patient relationship.

Fecal transplant pills, other innovations in C. difficile treatment

Speakers at IDWeek 2014 discussed the latest developments in treating , including more patient-friendly forms of fecal transplantation.

Nominees named for College Officer and Regent positions

The Governance Committee of the American College of Physicians placed in nomination candidates for officers and Regents.

ACP's international presence reflects familiar domestic needs

Internists globally share many of the same problems and concerns as those in the U.S., so ACP plays an immensely important role in influencing the growth, practice, and sustainability of internal medicine in many other countries.

Putting patients before paperwork, and playing Whack-a-Mole

ACP has decided to once again take on the problem of excessive paperwork and other administrative burdens, including those imposed by the advent of electronic health records.

Nonspecific symptoms may have a very specific cause

This issue covers topics including management of lupus, the effect of telemedicine on primary care practice, and new approaches to treating .

There's more to Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit

Clinicians and office staff can benefit from a refresher course about how to code claims correctly for prompt payment.

Practice Tips: The 3 Ps of physician compensation

Performance, productivity, and profitability are the 3 components of getting paid. These elements all affect one another, so balancing them is key.

MKSAP Quiz: 5-day history of asymptomatic rash

A 68-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department for a 5-day history of an asymptomatic rash on the upper back and upper arms. The lesions grew suddenly and are neither pruritic nor painful. The patient has had associated fevers. He has a myelodysplastic syndrome and has received intermittent erythrocyte transfusions, and he takes azacitidine. Following a physical exam, lab studies, and a skin biopsy, what is the most likely diagnosis?

ACP lists chapter awardees

In recognition of their outstanding service, exceptional individuals received chapter awards in the fall of 2014.