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Quality reporting hits some kinks
Quality reporting has hit some kinks, as internists decide whether Medicare bonus payments are worth the effort. Find these stories and a new edition of Medical News of the Obvious every Monday at ACP Internist's blog.
Post-war, vets face new battle with PTSD
While the military screens soldiers returning from combat, post-traumatic stress disorder can show up months or years after, when the person may have left the military health system and returned to private care.
E-prescribing order hits unprepared internists
Congressional mandates to tip internists to use e-prescribing could backfire, say experts who have tried—and sometimes failed—to incorporate the technology into their offices.
A digest of this month’s issue, including the mandate that puts e-prescribing on front burner
Don’t let emotion impede right diagnosis
A case study shows how affective errors can lead to a missed diagnosis, by Jerome Groopman, FACP and Pamela Hartzband, FACP
Son’s plea to prolong life at any cost sparks ethical quandary
Physicians aren’t obligated to provide end-of-life care that is ineffective or harmful, by Lachlan Forrow, FACP
Target unique genetic diseases through common pathways
Marfan syndrome may benefit from angiotension receptor blockers, just one example of how genetic diseases can be cured by available drugs instead of genetic cures, by W. Gregory Feero, MD, PhD
A MKSAP case study of menorrhagia marks the return of this popular feature to ACP Internist.
Patients, generalists and subspecialists all gain from PCMH, by Jeffrey P. Harris, FACP
What this year’s Medicare battle portends for health care
Letter to the Editor
A reader reacts to ethics surrounding civilian and war-time prisoner containment.
Cartoon Caption Contest
September’s winning entry
What’s new in other College publications
Update ICD-9 coding materials now to meet October deadline
Clearing up confusion about choosing EHRs
Endo ’08: new research ignites debate about best A1C goals
From diabetes and dyslipidemia to hormones and hirsutism, the Endocrine Society’s 90th annual meeting in San Francisco last June was a wellspring of new information and fresh debate.
Improving your patient’s health without hurting the planet
As evidence mounts about the effects of environmental degradation on all patients’ health, many physicians are making simple and environmentally friendly changes to their practices.
Hospitalist doesn’t hold back on blog about rural medicine
Warnings on fluoroquinolones, antipsychotics, becaplermin
The Campaign Trail
Candidates split on staying with employer health coverage
Steady increases in number of obese adults drove sharp rise in overweight populations since 1980
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys showed substantial increases in overweight among adults since 1980, primarily reflecting an increase in the percentage of adults 20–74 years of age who are obese.
ACP program introduces leadership skills to young members
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