January/February Observer Contents
What will new Medicare legislation mean for reimbursement, practice hassles, patient care?
The new Medicare law rules out physician pay cuts for two years, but there are long-term concerns.
Promise, problems for molecular medicine
Researchers say they're getting close to bringing genomic testing into clinical practice.
With HIPAA rules, the actions of others can make or break physicians' efforts
Physicians scrambing to comply with new HIPAA transaction rules are being hamstrung by vendors and health plans.
Your next step in HIPAA compliance: the security rule
Designed to protect patient electronic health care information, the HIPAA security rule gives practices much-needed flexibility.
New changes to CPT codes that will affect internists
Important CPT changes include those for E/M, lab/panel and vaccine codes.
Strategies to help you deal with difficult attendings
Talking about expectations and seeking support with tough attendings can resolve problems and enhance needed skills.
Readers discuss HIPAA compliance problems, error disclosures.
ACP's long, continuing fight for better reimbursement
The College continues its efforts to advocate for better reimbursement for internists.
College's efforts to streamline the recertification process
Recent gains include tests offered via computer and a new member benefit to help answer recertification questions.
ACP's response to the performance measure movement
Regents' Chair Mary T. Herald explains how the College is tackling the performance measure trend that makes many internists nervous.
College names Harvard professor as new SVP of Medical Knowledge and Education Division.
Chapters present 11 Laureate Awards.
Wanted: internists for 5K fun run at Annual Session.
New Chair-elect of Governors named.
Responding to concerns about new Medicare reforms
While many College members support new Medicare reform legislation, others express their concerns.
ACP says interpreter guidelines still too onerous.
ACP criticizes report on incorrect payment rates as "preliminary."
Needed: standards to guide pharmacists on therapeutic substitutions.
College lab testing service wins five-year government contract.
The MKSAP Challenge
A 62-year old woman is evaluated because of abnormal results on a chest X-ray.
Texas group gives internist end-of-life care award.
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