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Practice Management - October 2014


Practice Rx

Accurate coding of the Initial Preventive Physical Examination

By Brian Outland

It is important for internists to understand and plan for the Initial Preventive Physical Examination, a one-time visit for new Medicare beneficiaries.

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Practice Tips

Is ‘secure’ texting an oxymoron or a possibility?

By Margo Williams

Electronic health communication in health care must be secure. Text messaging is not, but it’s how many patients want to talk with their doctors. Consider the ramifications of a message that gets misplaced, and then consider other ways of communicating.

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FDA Update

New diabetes drug, LABA for COPD, skin antibiotic approved

New diabetes drug, LABA for COPD, skin antibiotic approved

By Stacey Butterfield

This update covers approval of a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor for diabetes, a once-daily long-acting beta-adrenergic agonist (LABA) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and a new intravenous drug for bacterial skin and skin-structure infections.

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