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ACP-ASIM Observer
October 2000


Features

Health care and election politics: new proposals vs. past performance
The presidential candidates offer different visions for Medicare and access

The grassroots push for universal coverage
How state efforts are trying to keep the issue of health care access alive

Boom times for disease management leave doctors wanting more control
Physicians worry that vendors could interfere with doctor-patient relations

Pay remains a barrier to physician involvement in disease management
Reimbursement is one stumbling block for doctors who want to get involved


Your Practice

How to bill for hospital patients in transition
Answers to questions about patients as new doctors and facilities treat them

With ancillary services, you can do well by doing good
New equipment like X-ray machines can boost your practice's bottom line


Computers & Medicine

A look at the real costs of using Web-based software
The pros and cons of application service providers


For Residents

With computers, residents need to go beyond basics
How new skills can help your training-and career

Subspecialty vs. general medicine: Which path is right for you?
Tips to help guide your career choices


CME

Chapter meetings
CME bulletin board


Deaths

Deaths


College Watch

President's Column
How ACP-ASIM is working to combat the growing overuse of antibiotics
Efforts to reduce patient demand and change physician prescribing habits


College briefs

Internists' attitudes about computer use
Medical quotations available online


Washington Perspective

With health care issues, the presidential candidates' differences emerge
A look at the party divide over health care

ACP-ASIM co-hosts symposium on health care access for Latinos
Lack of insurance poses health risks


Policy briefs

Medicare+Choice program final rule
Revised E/M guidelines
2001 Medicare fee schedule

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