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From the October ACP Observer, copyright 2004 by the American College of Physicians.

ACP co-sponsoring key information technology summit

The College has joined with the national e-Health Initiative to sponsor the first annual Health Information Technology Summit, being held in Washington Oct. 20-23.

Topics to be covered include Medicare policy changes to further information technology use; financial incentive programs and community-based collaboratives; and case studies in using information techology to improve chronic care management and performance. Keynote speakers include David M. Brailer, MD, the administration's health information technology coordinator, and John Tooker, FACP, the College's Chief Executive Officer.

College members who attend are eligible for a discounted registration fee of $1,195. To receive the discount, enter the "ACP" discount code on the online registration form. More information about the summit is online.

College offers support in completing ABIM diabetes module

ACP has developed a collection of support materials to help recertifying members complete the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) practice improvement module on diabetes and improve the quality of care in diabetes management.

The online support materials include checklists, PowerPoint presentations, forms and Internet links to help physicians develop a chronic care model. That model can help you improve quality measures in the office, design a patient registry, and manage and track patients with diabetes. Materials also cover specific problems or desired outcomes common to patients with diabetes.

While the materials are designed to be used after you get feedback from the ABIM on patient and office system audits, they can be used at any point in the recertification process.The information is online.

ACP course can help internists diagnose problem drinking

The College has joined with the Boston University School of Medicine to offer an Alcohol Clinical Training (ACT) course immediately prior to next year's Annual Session in San Francisco.

The ACT course, slated for April 13, 2005, is a "train-the-trainers" session designed for internists who teach medical students, residents and other health providers. The course will demonstrate a new Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention curriculum aimed at helping physicians recognize and treat patients with alcohol problems.

The course will use slides, case-based videos and skills practice, with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication in the primary care setting. Scholarships and CME credits are provided.

The deadline to register for the afternoon course is Nov. 19. ACP's Annual Session 2005 is being held April 14-16. More information is online.

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