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College names new Annals editor

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Annals of Internal Medicine will have a new editor this July.

Harold C. Sox, MACP, a former President of the College and chair of the department of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, was chosen after an eight-month search by the College. He will succeed current editor Frank Davidoff, FACP, who is retiring in July.

Dr. Sox has served on the editorial boards of major journals like The New England Journal of Medicine. He has also served as consulting associate editor of The American Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Sox is well-known as an expert on medical decision-making and health policy. He served as chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Institute of Medicine Committee to Study HIV Transmission Through Blood Products, and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health Effects of Exposures in the Persian Gulf War.

For more information about Dr. Sox and his appointment, go to www.acponline.org/college/misc/new_editor.htm.


Regents approve resolutions, partnership with bookseller

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

At its January meeting, the Board of Regents approved two resolutions, received an ethics consensus paper and approved a partnership that may give College members discounts on medical textbooks.

  • Pulse oximetry. The Regents will continue to urge HCFA to reinstate separate Medicare payment for pulse oximetry testing performed in physician offices.

  • Drug formularies. The Board approved a resolution calling for health plans and insurers to not use negative drug formularies to restrict physicians from prescribing certain drugs when FDA “A-rated” generic substitutes for those drugs are available.

  • End-of-life care. The Regents received an end-of-life care consensus paper, "Diagnosis and Management of Delirium Near the End of Life," which is currently being submitted for publication.

  • Book partnership. The Regents approved a proposal to establish a partnership between the College and J.A. Majors Company, a medical-scientific book wholesaler and online retailer. Under the terms of the partnership, College members would receive discounts on online purchases of medical, scientific, reference or allied health books and software. (College members will continue to receive a 20% discount on ACP-ASIM books.) Members will be able to access a new online bookstore through ACP-ASIM Online. The College will preview this new member benefit at the College Island in the Annual Session Exhibit Hall.

  • Recertification. The Regents also heard an update from the College’s representatives of the Joint Committee on Recertification.

At the committee’s last meeting in December, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) indicated that it was willing to cede responsibility for all educational aspects of recertification to the College, other subspecialty societies and CME providers. The ABIM also said it will limit its educational role in the knowledge-based components of recertification to providing questions or other evaluation items and identifying answers or acceptable responses.

The ABIM also agreed that information should be gathered examining whether recertification changes or improves physician practice and patient care.


College elects new officers

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

The College has elected a new President-elect and seven Regents. Their terms become effective at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting at Annual Session on Saturday, March 31.

2001-02 President-elect

Sara E. Walker, MACP, Columbia, Mo.

Incumbent Regents

The following Regents were elected for a second term of three years, which will expire in 2004:

Charles K. Francis, FACP, Los Angeles
Robert B. Gibbons, FACP, Denver
Eric B. Larson, FACP, Seattle
Munsey S. Wheby, FACP, Charlottesville, Va.

New Regents

The following individuals were elected for a first term of three years, which will expire in 2004:

Jamie S. Barkin, FACP, Miami Beach, Fla.
Isabel V. Hoverman, FACP, Austin, Texas
Joel S. Levine, FACP, Denver


Annals Web site will require password

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

If you like to read Annals on the Web, you’ll need to register for a free user name and password.

In March, only College members and Annals subscribers will have full access to all of the journal’s contents.

To register, go to www.annals.org and have your identification number ready. (It’s the number on the top line of your Annals address label.) You can then choose a user name and a password. (You will also be asked to provide your date of birth.)

You will need to register at the Annals site even if you already have registered for a user name and password at ACP-ASIM Online. You may choose the same user name and password at the Annals site, as long as they are not already being used by someone else.


Best Evidence 5 on CD-ROM released

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Best Evidence 5 on CD-ROM is now available, giving physicians the information they need to improve patient care.

The new title includes structured abstracts, expert commentary that contextualizes information, key points and background, best diagnostic tests and strategies, benefits and harms of intervention, and common questions. The CD-ROM also contains a clinical content map that allows users to navigate the database by organ system, site-specific databases and population-specific databases.

Nearly 800 new articles have been added, and past articles have been updated when necessary. Best Evidence 5 on CD-ROM includes the full contents of ACP Journal Club from 1991 through 2000, Evidence Based Medicine from 1995 through 1999, and full text of the 2nd edition of the book, "Diagnostic Strategies for Common Medical Problems."

Best Evidence 5 on CD-ROM costs $60 for members, $85 for nonmembers.

To order, call ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST).


CCA now The Practice Management Center

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

The College’s primary source of practice management advice now has a new name: The Practice Management Center.

The center, which was previously the Center for a Competitive Advantage, helps internists in areas like Medicare and managed care regulations; payment, coding and documentation; practice operations; and computerization.

The center offers practice management publications, Web-based tools to help manage patient satisfaction and benchmark a practice’s performance, and advice lines that allow members to e-mail questions to staff members. (For more information on the center’s management tools, see “Three free tools to help you build a better practice,” page 10.)

Most of the center’s products are available on ACP-ASIM Online free of charge. For more information, go to www.acponline.org/pmc.


Clinical Problem-Solving Cases offers institutional discounts

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

The College is now offering institutional discounts for subscriptions to its Clinical Problem-Solving Cases (CPSC).

CPSC, a Web-based self-assessment and educational tool that offers up to 48 category 1 CME credits, can now be used by physician networks, residency programs, medical schools, hospital systems and other groups. The product’s online monitoring tool allows instructors and medical education administrators to customize CPSC to meet their specific needs.

A subscription to CPSC gives institutions and physicians access to 48 cases for two years. (To try two free cases, go to cpsc.acponline.org.) Physicians can use the cases to assess their diagnosis and case management skills. The cases include a growing database of lab values, clinical calculators, test utility ratings and guidelines for cost-effective care.

While individual subscribers pay $75 for CPSC, the College is offering volume-based discounts. Institutional subscribers can use CPSC to test medical students with real-world challenges, incorporate CPSC into resident curricula, and help physician-employees earn CME credits and meet quality-assurance standards.

For more information on CPSC institutional discounts, call ACP-ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or 215-351-2600 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST).


Two chapters find unique ways to give to ACP-ASIM Foundation

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Tennessee and Missouri are the first two College chapters to make donations to the ACP-ASIM Foundation—and they have done so in unique ways.

When the Missouri Chapter made a $1,000 grant to the Foundation last year, it challenged other College chapters to match it with a similar or larger amount. The chapter calls its initiative the Year 2001 Chapter Challenge, and it hopes that other chapter will respond.

The College’s Tennessee Chapter made contributions to the Foundation in honor of two members who recently received College awards. The Foundation will recognize these honoraria through its Donor Board, a plaque that Foundation officials display at chapter meetings and Annual Session.

The Foundation funds projects that address the interests and needs of the College and its members. For more information about the Foundation’s latest grants, see the February issue of ACP-ASIM Observer online at www.acponline.org/journals/news/feb01/grants.htm.

If you or your chapter is interested in making a donation to the Foundation or would like more information, call Lois W. Jordan at 877-208-4189, or send an e-mail to foundation@acponline.org.

Foundation grant applications due April 3

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Applications for the ACP-ASIM Foundation’s 2001-2002 grants program are due by April 3. Funding priorities for this year’s grants are addressing social disparities in health, evidence-based health care and education for health professionals.

To start the application process, candidates must send a two-page letter of intent to the Foundation by April 3. A select group of applicants will then be asked to submit full proposals by May 1.

For a grant information packet and guidelines for the letter of intent, call the Foundation at 877-208-4189 or send an e-mail to foundation@acponline.org.

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