December 2001 Observer Contents
Drug shortages raise new fears about patient care
As supply problems force physicians to substitute drugs, some worry about the risk of mistakes.
Are you prepared to respond to bioterrorism?
Doctors will have to trigger the alarm—and make tough calls about patient care.
When should you test your patients for breast cancer genes?
Many women want the test, but the results often raise difficult questions.
How the College is helping Russian health care
The College's Eurasian Medical Education Program trains physicans who in turn train others.
Look carefully before you sign that first contract
Before committing, residents should scrutinize pay, non-compete clauses and partnership options.
Rightsizing—not downsizing—is the key to staffing success
Moving staff to the right tasks and benchmarking can help the bottom line more than cutting positions.
ICD-9-CM changes that will affect internists
Highlights of the 2002 International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification.
Computers and Medicine
Transcription costly and slow? Try online dictation
New Web-based services give physicians quick turnaround time-and easy access to patient notes.
How to make the most of your transcription dollars
Changing your dictation style can help you lower your transcription expenses.
News about Medicare: a good-news, bad-news scenario
Legislation streamlining Medicare could reduce physician hassles, but a pay cut may be on the horizon
ACP-ASIM: Medicare must change how it calculates physician pay.
Give physician more time to standardize transactions.
ACP-ASIM joins support for geriatric care bill.
College calls for reforms in emergency medicine act.
The ethical dilemma of accepting gifts from drug makers
Changes in the industry's marketing strategies give us ample reason for concern.
Regents discuss recertification, bioterrorism, other issues
An overview of issues discussed at the Board of Regents October meeting.
Call for spring 2002 Board of Governors resolutions.
Journal Club Web site offers full text back to 1991.
College releases guide to HIPAA regulations.
Wanted: internists to teach patient safety curriculum.
End-of-life care brochures for patients, physicians.
Nearly half of College members say they use handheld computers.
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