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April Observer Contents

Medical Liability

Philly's liability-rate crisis is far from over
Top schools are still a big draw, but staying is a tough sell for residents, subspecialists.
April '06

Chronic Care

Key 'medical home' model elements hit the market
More insurers are putting new money on the table to cut costs and improve care.
April '06

Hospital Medicine

Imaging hand-offs: tips to help prevent medication errors
Many errors listed in a recent USP report were linked to patient hand-offs and communication lapses.
April '06

Measuring Performance

Teamwork is the new mantra for quality improvement
Getting staff working to the 'top of their license' can make or break quality and pay-for-performance projects.
April '06

Special focus

Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C, considered a stealth virus, can infect a patient for up to 30 years without causing symptoms.
April '06



Tune into patients' 'emotional channel' to deliver bad news
Patients with serious illnesses need to hear more than the facts as you guide them through difficult decisions.
April '06

For Residents

Military residents now learn from wartime challenges
As they care for veterans and war wounded at home, housestaff prepare for the possibility of being deployed.
April '06

Your Practice

Demystifying Medicare Part D's exceptions and appeals
If you're struggling with Medicare's new prescription plan, you're not alone—here are some FAQs that can help.
April '06

Job-share works as internists balance work and home
It's not for everyone, but limited hours and patient load pays off for one unique practice and its patients.
April '06



In rural Georgia, this internist puts heart into cardiac rehab
His passion for sports and fitness helps motivate his cardiac rehab patients to get themselves up and running.
April '06

Women's Health

New book presents medical side of menstrual disorders
ACP's latest edition to its Women's Health series gives internists the information they need to treat these problems.
April '06

College Watch

President's Column
How should we define the value of internal medicine?
Our core values include scientific rigor and compassionate care.
April '06


College Briefs

New ACP Fellows: more than 500 candidates elected.
April '06

College's first Latin America Update draws international crowd of internists.
April '06

ACP chapters present awards.
April '06

Physicians can tailor their own diabetes CME program.
April '06

New MKSAP for Students 3 offers clerkship help.
April '06

New College guide helps practices with waived lab testing.
April '06

Washington Perspective

Medicare payment reform effort faces threat from within
Changing the Medicare payment system will require redistributing dollars, which is sure to create controversy.
April '06

Policy Briefs

ACP President urges Congress to pass key payment reforms.
April '06


The MKSAP Challenge
A 64-year-old man with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with mild hypercapnia and persistent dyspnea on minimal exertion is evaluated.
April '06



Chapter Meetings


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