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From the January-February ACP Observer, copyright 2005 by the American College of Physicians.

ACP's MLE wins first-place award

ACP's Medical Laboratory Evaluation (MLE) service won a first-place "Innovative Solution" award in the 2004 Process Innovation Awards competition. The awards, which are given to six different organizations, honor superior applications of information technology for their effectiveness in returning significant business benefits.

MLE received the award for combining imaging-based data capture and Web-based data entry for medical laboratory testing, automating the processing of paper-based test results quickly and accurately.

ACP's MLE division helps nearly 3,000 medical labs remain CMS-certified through rigorous testing of lab physicians. In the first quarter of 2004, MLE added Web-based data entry, integrated with a scanning-based capture solution, which enables physicians to submit test data online.

MLE's new web data entry system helps meet customer demand, accelerate processing and maintain a high degree of accuracy, without adding administrative burdens.

More information about ACP's MLE service is online.

ACP Ethics Committee member receives national ethics award

Jay A. Jacobson, FACP, a member of ACP's Ethics and Human Rights Committee, has received the AMA's 2004 Isaac Hays M.D. and John Bell M.D. award for leadership in medical ethics and professionalism. Dr. Jacobson, an infectious disease specialist, was given the award at an AMA meeting last month.

Dr. Jacobson is professor of internal medicine and chief, division of medical ethics, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and the department of medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine. He has been a member of ACP's Ethics and Human Rights Committee since 2000.

Dr. Jacobson was honored for promoting the study of medical ethics and for establishing the first medical ethics division at LDS. He also was program director from 1998-2002 of Utah's "Partnership to Improve End-of-Life Care." One goal of this volunteer program, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is to improve professional practice in end-of-life care.

The AMA established the Hays-Bell award in 1997. Dr. Jacobson is its third recipient.

College expands online recertification resources

ACP members preparing for recertification now have more tools in their arsenal of educational aids.

The College is now offering free online support to physicians completing the ABIM's new "Recent Advances in Internal Medicine" self-evaluation process (SEP) module. Online resources for the module—which include MKSAP sections, Annals of Internal Medicine articles and ACP Books material, as well as material from PIER, the College's Physicians' Information and Education Resource—expand College resources already posted to help physicians complete other SEP modules, including outpatient and inpatient modules, and those on general internal medicine and women's health.

The College has also updated its resources to help physicians complete the ABIM's Practice Improvement Module (PIM) on diabetes. This 17-chapter module—13 of which are devoted to disease-specific issues—was designed to be used as a resource after physicians have received comments from the ABIM on office system and patient audits. Free online support to all ACP members for the new "Recent Advances" module is online.

ACP online support for the diabetes PIM module is also online.

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