Current Issue - January 2015
The approval of multiple drugs in 2013 and 2014 that are able to cure hepatitis C without the use of interferon has dramatically changed the screening, treatment, and epidemiologic paradigms of the virus. Soon, internists will be involved in this rapidly changing area of health care.
Proponents of direct-pay practice models argue that such alternatives are a badly needed intervention for both doctors and patients frustrated by the limited care that can be provided in 15-minute intervals or less. Other physicians are concerned that such models could shut out lower-income patients, creating a 2-tiered health system and further straining an already overstretched primary care workforce.
Burnout and the loss of joy in being a doctor have become an ever-expanding concern and a major part of our rhetoric these days. For many physicians, it begins in training.
Based on Obamacare's year 1 enrollment numbers, the law has been very successful in bringing down the numbers and percentages of people without health insurance. But these data also show why it struggles to win support among the broader public.
Understand how to bill and code for a final rule that updates payment policies and rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, making it certain that Medicare will pay for chronic care management services.
Try motivational interviewing as a method of communication in which the physician coaches—or rather coaxes—the patient toward lifestyle changes via his or her motivations.
This is the first in a series of articles about ACP's history that will be published in 2015 to mark the College's centennial year.
ACP Internist Weekly
From the January 27, 2015 edition
- Guidelines define an adjunctive role for weight loss and other prescription medications in obesity management
- High-intensity statins often not prescribed after CHD hospitalization, study finds
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