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From the May ACP Observer, copyright © 2005 by the American College of Physicians.

Group visits: are they right for your practice?

Group visits can help revitalize your practice and reap big benefits in patient satisfaction, patient education and disease management.

Group visits can also save time and money for patients and physicians alike. While the group visit model is usually associated with large practices, it can work in practices that have between five and 10 physicians—particularly those that care for many geriatric or chronically ill patients.

This month, ACP's Small Practice Discussion Group will explore the pros and cons of conducting group visits, shared medical appointments or drop-in group medical appointments. Moderator John C. Scott, FACP, a geriatrician at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, will lead the online discussion on how to implement innovative visit models in your practice.

The ACP Small Practice Discussion Group is online.

New "Ethics Manual" booklet now available

Physicians can now order booklets of ACP's "Ethics Manual, Fifth Edition." The revised manual includes new and expanded sections on professionalism, end-of-life care, physician-assisted suicide, the physician-patient relationship and more. A case method for ethical decision-making is included.

The "Ethics Manual" booklet is $9 for ACP members, $11 for nonmembers, and bulk discounts are available. To order, contact ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET).

College launches end-of-life care site

ACP has developed a new Web page with resources to help physicians facilitate end-of-life care discussions with patients and family members.

The new page includes several College resources on end-of-life care, as well as a link to a site that provides forms for health care proxies and living wills for each state. The ACP site also includes links to Patient Education and Caring (PEACE) brochures, a series that covers important end-of-life care issues, including working with surrogate decision-makers, dealing with pain at end of life and talking with patients at end of life. ACP members can order these brochures in bulk.

ACP's end-of-life care resource page is online.

Online dues payment offered

This spring, ACP members will be able to pay College dues online.

Watch for an e-mail alert that will be sent out early this month, saying that College dues are now due. Members who want to pay dues online will be directed to the ACP Online, where they can click on a "Pay Membership Dues" link. Members will have to provide their member ID number and a credit card number.

All College members will still receive print bills for the upcoming year and can fax credit card information for payment, or pay by phone by calling Customer Service. You can e-mail questions to custserve@acponline.org or contact ACP Customer Services at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET).

Time to pay your chapter dues

When you receive your College dues notice, remember to include chapter dues in your payment.

Chapter dues provide the primary support for local initiatives and are vital to the success of your chapter. Activities supported by chapter dues include educational meetings, mentoring programs for medical students, local Associate research competitions, chapter leaders' participation in ACP's Leadership Day and advocacy with state legislators. Chapter dues also help offset the cost of local support staff.

Call for fall 2005 Board of Governors resolutions

The deadline for submitting resolutions to be heard at the September 2005 Board of Governors meeting is Friday, May 20, 2005. ACP members may initiate a resolution addressing any issue or topic by submitting it to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution is designated a chapter resolution once the chapter council approves it.

Resolutions should clearly distinguish the action requested within its resolved clause(s) as either a policy resolve ("Resolved that ACP policy …") or a directive, which requests action or study on an issue ("Resolved that the Board of Regents …"). If more than one action is proposed, each should have its own resolved clause. Members should contact their Governor with any questions regarding the resolution format.

The Board of Governors votes on new resolutions that, if approved, are presented to the Board of Regents for action. Once the Regents do so, resolutions are adopted as policy, accepted as reaffirmation of current policy, or forwarded to College staff or committees for study or implementation.

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