September Observer Contents
The business of medicine
Physician fees are put under microscope
Price 'transparency' helps patients choose, but may not reflect the true cost of care.
Tips for recognizing and managing adult ADHD
Experts say awareness in primary care is key to proper diagnosis and treatment.
Prehypertension: Is new evidence a call to action?
Internists debate whether early drug treatment can ward off more serious problems down the road.
Q&A: Education plays key role in making flu shots routine
Gregory A. Poland, FACP, talks about the barriers to achieving widespread immunization.
Clarifying rules on new vaccines, oxygen prescribing
How to bill for new vaccine approvals; prescribing oxygen to Medicare patients.
Invest time upfront to land the job you really want
From interviewing strategies to contract negotiations, physicians offer tips for a successful job transition.
Steering clear of hospitalists' unique malpractice risks
The key is setting up systems to identify and avoid miscommunication, overreaching and work overload.
Avoiding common scheduling and staffing mistakes
The seven-day-on/seven-day-off schedule is popular but it can lead to staff burnout, says expert.
Board of Regents
Physician payment issues top Regents' summer meeting agenda.
Turning the advanced medical home vision into reality
Physicians need to partner with patients to manage and coordinate care in what has been a fragmented system.
How ACP pushed the envelope on payment reform
CMS' recent decision to increase payments for E/M services was the fruition of an intense long-term advocacy campaign by the College.
Candidates elected to ACP Fellowship in April and July, 2006
Internist-chef advises patients how—and what—to eat
As Dr. Gourmet, he matches diets to health problems and tells patients 'you don't have to suffer to eat well.'
Stroke and transient ischemic attack
Ten years after the approval of tissue-plasminogen activator (tPA), only a small percentage of patients experiencing an ischemic stroke receive the clot-busting drug.
Readers express views on alternative medicine, 'disease mongering,' and more.
ACP President testifies on Capitol Hill.
New protections for HIT.
'Seal of approval' for EHR systems.
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