March Observer Contents
Why the nation's toughest elder abuse laws make some California physicians nervous
Problems include onerous reporting requirements and threats from malpractice attorneys.
College will take on 'new' name this month, but with a twist
On March 31, the College will once again be known as ACP.
California's new bonus programs: good news for doctors?
Will health plans truly reward physicians for quality or simply shift existing reimbursement to bonus pools?
A sampling of quality incentive programs
California is not alone in offering physicians incentives for quality.
Testing for CRP: red flag or red herring?
While some say the test can predict cardiovascular problems, others want more data.
Tips to combat three common drug-resistant infections
Dealing with antibiotic-resistant UTIs, pneumonia and gonorrhea is proving a challenge for physicians.
A member tells about breaking the not-so-bad news.
For physicians in search of an edge, MBAs are an answer
While some want to avoid mistakes that colleagues have made, others are looking for a new perspective.
Job hunting? College guide offers negotiating tips
While you don't want to seem pushy, you need to work out all the details before you sign a contract.
Time is running out to meet two key HIPAA deadlines
Privacy regulations and transactions standards take effect in April. You need to act now to get ready.
Think Medicare won't cover it? Use this new form
New standardized ABNs help you inform beneficiaries that they are expected to cover the cost of services Medicare declines to pay for.
News for your practice
- Medicare now pays for enoxaparin administered in outpatient settings
- New CDC guide to smallpox vaccination has photos of normal and adverse reactions
Medicare win showcases the power of grassroots advocacy
Physicians will receive a 1.6% raise instead of a 4.4% cut. The College's efforts helped win the fight.
Bill would boost efforts to bring doctors to underserved areas.
College joins campaign to highlight the plight of the uninsured.
ACP-ASIM supports bill to reform medical liability insurance.
College supports HHS decision to process J-1 visa waivers for IMGs.
ACP-ASIM signs brief supporting use of race to encourage diversity in medical schools.
College joins coalition to protect AHRQ funding.
Want to make a difference? Try volunteering overseas
Donating time and skills can make a big difference to patients abroad—and to the physicians who volunteer.
Regents recommend work hour limits and tort reform
Regents approve policy papers on resident work hours and liability reform, and form a new subcommittee on volunteerism.
Associates becoming full Members eligible for discounts
A special transitional dues program can save you over $500.
PIER adds 11 new modules to clinical decision-support tool.
New College book provides help with cross-cultural medicine.
ACP-ASIM forms new chapter in Japan.
Annals contest offers $500 prize for best photo.
Wanted: physicians to evaluate online health information.
The MKSAP Challenge
Test your knowledge of treatment for deep venous thrombosis.
Candidates elected to Fellowship in January 2003
So far this year, 357 College Members have been elected to become Fellows.
Obituaries: William R. Felts Jr., MACP; William Parson, MACP, and Irwin M. Weinstein, MACP
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