March Observer Contents
When can statins be too much of a good thing?
Statins are often touted as a miracle drug, but these cholesterol-busters may not be for everyone.
In Philadelphia, survival strategies blur lines between for-profit and nonprofit medicine
In a tough health care climate, the city's nonprofit health systems have responded as aggressively as any for-profit corporation.
Ethics case study
Do you need to talk to patients about mistakes?
If a mistake had no lasting harm, will disclosing it help or hurt the physician-patient relationship?
Do your patients need aspirin therapy? Ask them
Physicians trying to decide which patients to put on aspirin face a more difficult task than they might think.
Under pressure, medicine revisits resident work hours
As federal policy-makers look to regulate resident work hours, the profession has been working on its own solutions.
Medicare audit changes are good news for physicians
Audits now take place after claims are paid, greatly reducing paperwork hassles for physicians.
Computers and Medicine
Tips to help comply with the first HIPAA regulation
A new rule should make filing claims electronically easier for everyone, but you have to prepare your practice.
In Afghanistan, health care is competing with chaos
Two physicians discuss the daunting health crises faced by a people recovering from decades of war.
College leaders renew focus on recertification
Leaders will continue working to resolve differences over ABIM's proposed Continuous Professional Development recertification program.
Need a quick consult? Try this new College product
A new Web product called PIER will provide evidence-based recommendations to help guide internists through perplexing clinical problems.
Three milestones of change confronting internists
The concepts of systems, chaos and loss of professionalism form a backdrop of change that is impinging on physicians.
Patient safety is focus of new Annual Session courses
Courses will give attendees practical information on how to prevent and cope with errors in both the hospital and office setting.
Regents examine adding seats to board, other issues
The Regents hope to increase subspecialist representation, and looked at Associate Member issues and physician relations with health plans.
Candidates elected to Fellowship on January 1, 2002
This year, 616 candidates were approved to become College Fellows.
College to change bylaws at Annual Session.
Nominations for College awards, Masters due July 1.
Associates on the path to full membership eligible for discounted dues, products.
Diagnosing—and curing—Medicare's maladies
Congress needs to strengthen Medicare's foundation by halting payment cuts, replacing the flawed formula for updating payments and reducing excessive red tape.
Halting Medicare cut top item on legislative agenda
This year, the College hopes to convince Congress to reverse the Medicare pay cut and revise the method for calculating future updates.
College calls on president to boost health care budget.
ACP-ASIM urges patients, health plans to continue mammography.
HHS must take leadership role to help ease drug shortages.
CMS responding to internists' concerns, but more is needed.
ACP-ASIM concerned about loopholes in privacy regulations.
In light of Supreme Court case, U.S. needs federal patient rights.
ACP-ASIM releases position paper on correctional care.
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