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From the September ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2002 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Discounts for College members on handheld computers, software

College members interested in palmtop computing can now buy discounted products at a Web site that specializes in handheld computers and software.

Through a new agreement between pdaMD.com and ACP-ASIM, members who purchase hardware or software at the Web site receive a 5% discount. The site features news about personal digital assistants (PDAs), palmtop computing and a wide range of products.

The Web site also offers services to make computing easier. If you buy a PDA and software at the same time, for example, pdaMD.com technicians will install the software on the device so it is immediately ready for use. The company's technicians also inspect and charge the batteries on all handheld devices before shipping.

To take advantage of your ACP-ASIM discount, go to http://acp.pdaorder.com. You'll need your College member number to be eligible for the discount.

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ACP-ASIM Foundation to explore communication issues at conference

At a conference in Washington next month, the ACP-ASIM Foundation will examine communication problems between physicians and patients and explore some solutions.

The Oct. 22 conference, which is being co-sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, will feature physicians specializing in fields like public health, academia and medical informatics. Speakers will examine communication issues from both physicians' and patients' perspectives, discuss how different health care models affect communication and explore technological solutions.

Registration costs $25, and seating is limited. For more information, call the Foundation at 877-208-4189 or visit its Web site.

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Resources to help your practice

The College has released the following new resources for internists:

  • Adult immunization toolkit. The "Tools of the Trade Adult Immunization CD-ROM Toolkit" contains patient education and communication materials; an immunization speaker kit with a computerized slideshow; tips on organizing public awareness campaigns; a guide to billing and coding that simplifies filing for vaccination reimbursement; and reminder/recall materials (postcards, brochures, etc.) to notify patients of relevant immunizations.

The College sent the CD-ROM to its general internist members in May and is making the toolkit available to other members. For more information, contact Matt Smith at 800-523-1546, ext. 2602, or msmith@acponline.org.

For more information about other vaccine tools, go to the Adult Immunization Initiative.

  • Practice guides. The ACP-ASIM Practice Management Center has put more than 50 practical guides on a single CD-ROM. The guides, which cover topics like coding, billing, scheduling, computers and government regulations, are packed with advice, templates and forms to help increase your office's efficiency.

To order a copy of the CD, call ACP- ASIM Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600. (You'll be charged a shipping and handling fee of $4.) College members can also download the guides for free.

  • Tips on starting a practice. The College's Practice Management Center has updated its "Starting a Practice" guide, which is designed to help internists going out on their own. The guide includes checklists, timelines, resources and lots of practical information on setting up and "growing" a new office. The free guide is available online for College members only.

  • Help with HIPAA. The Practice Management Center's HIPAA resource page offers free manuals that you can customize for your practices. The manuals give an overview and calendar of all HIPAA compliance deadlines, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the rules. The site also has links to many other Web sites with information about HIPAA.

  • Tips on Stark regulations. The Practice Management Center is helping internists cope with the Stark II law, which regulates physician groups' financial and referral relationships, through two new products.

ACP-ASIM members can download a free copy of a newly revised guide on Stark II on the Web. Members can also take advantage of a new relationship with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and participate in an audioconference on Sept. 26.

The audioconference will feature tips on protecting your practice under the new law. College members will pay a special registration rate of $199 per site to participate. (You must identify yourself as a College member when you register to qualify for this rate.) For more information or to register, call 877-275-6462.

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Correction to bioterrorism guide

The ACP-ASIM Guide to Bioterrorism Identification pocket card, which members received in the mail earlier this year, contains an error.

The first bullet point under "Pneumonia or Influenza-like Syndromes" incorrectly states that "A Gram-negative bacillus may be isolated" in inhalation anthrax. It should state that a "Gram-POSITIVE bacillus may be isolated."

You can download a corrected version of the card on ACP-ASIM Online. For extra copies of the pocket card, e-mail Heather Cline at hcline@acponline.org.

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