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ACP InternistSM - July/August 2008

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Internal Medicine 2008

A wrap-up of events at ACP's annual meeting held in May in Washington, DC.

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Evidence-based tips for common illnesses

Evidence-based tips for common illnesses Coughs, headaches, fatigue and dizziness are the internist’s bread and butter. Learn easy tips for quickly sorting out a diagnosis. Also, quiz yourself on everyday symptoms.

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War dilemmas put medical ethics under fire

Physicians debate challenges posed by war on terror and caring for enemy detainees at Guantanamo.

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Consider race-based risks, but treat patients individually

Data on the prevalence of certain diseases and health risks among different populations should surely play a role in crafting public health screenings and education programs targeted to specific groups. Once in the doctor's office, though, a patient's treatment is an individual matter.

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ACP presses its case for payments, pilots and primary care

Leadership Day attendees focused on three key areas when they met with their congress people for comprehensive payment reforms.

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Playing the blame game for rising prostate cancer rates

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New info on common outpatient infections

Expert offers recommendations on UTIs, sinusitis and MRSA

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Perspectives

Internal Medicine 2008

By Janet Colwell

An overview of contents from the July/August issue of ACP Internist, including Internal Medicine wrap-up coverage, a look at the patient-centered medical home, and other articles of note.

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Letters to the Editor

Readers respond

Opinions on pharmacy benefit managers, imaging, ethics and primary care.

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Practice Management

How to survive private practice and have a life

Medical school prepares physicians to care for patients, not to run a business. Young physicians share their best tips.

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Practice Rx

It's not too late to start reporting quality data to Medicare and receive a bonus payment. Learn how to submit claims on 15 consecutive eligible Medicare patients to receive a bonus of 1.5% of allowed Medicare charges from July 1 to Dec. 31.

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CPII Tips

Much of the time physicians spend on patients' paperwork is uncompensated, but insurers usually will reimburse physicians for filling out forms, such as home health plans and copying medical records, that require a significant investment of time.

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Commentary

Mindful Medicine

By Jerome Groopman, FACP and Pamela Hartzband, FACP

The case of a young woman mistakenly diagnosed with asthma llustrates the danger of confusing correlation and causation.

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Practical Genomics

By W. Gregory Feero, MD, PhD

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act—the first civil rights bill of the new century of the life sciences—affords nationwide protection from discrimination based on genetic heritage.

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Staff Columns

College Watch

By ACP Internist Staff

Anthony S. Fauci, MACP, received the Presidential medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, in recognition of his efforts to advance understanding and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

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FDA Update

by Jessica Berthold

An overview of agency actions, including an alert for CellCept and recalls for Solodyn and Digitek.

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Web Watch

By Jessica Berthold

The Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site informs users how their peers have tackled common problems such as appointment scheduling or monitoring glucose levels of hospitalized patients.

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The Campaign Trail

By Stacey Butterfield

The advantage of being a definitive presidential nominee while the other party continues to fight out the primary is that you get a head start on general election campaigning. The disadvantage, as Sen. John McCain's campaign learned at Internal Medicine 2008, is that the other party may double-team you.

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President's Message

Discontent leads to medical home models

By Jeffrey P. Harris, FACP

Returning primary care to the foundation of health care delivery and adopting the patient-centered medical home as the central hub for each patient's care holds great promise for fostering a system that patients welcome and young physicians find appealing.

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Washington Update

A passion for primary care and politics at Internal Medicine

By Robert B. Doherty

Internists often ask me what it will take to restore primary care in the U.S. Even more important than policies, strategies or tactics is having the passion to create great change.

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Cartoon Caption Contest

July's Winning Entry

By ACP Internist Staff

Readers submit their wit by providing captions for cartoons. The latest winner is …

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ACP Highlights

White House lauds ACP Master for work on AIDS

By ACP Internist Staff

What's new from other areas of The College's Medical Knowledge and Education offerings.

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