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Governors discuss impact of drug and imaging preapprovals
The Board of Governors voted Wednesday to recommend that the Regents evaluate the impact of drug and medical imaging preauthorization requirements; endorse electronic prescribing of controlled substances; establish benchmarks for reasonable health insurance administrative costs; and publicize misleading and/or fraudulent representations by health insurers.

Regents approve clinical guidelines on fractures, consider hospital-acquired infectionsRegents approve clinical guidelines on fractures, consider hospital-acquired infections
The Board of Regents on Tuesday approved clinical practice guidelines aimed at preventing fractures, as well as a measure that could lead to ACP's first guideline on reducing hospital-acquired infections.

From the EVP: Take time to refresh clinical skills and reconnect with colleaguesFrom the EVP: Take time to refresh clinical skills and reconnect with colleagues
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the American College of Physicians' annual meeting, Internal Medicine 2008. The upcoming presidential election has catapulted health care reform into the limelight, so it is timely that our meeting this year is being held in our nation’s capital.

Catch the latest in College activities at the ACP Exhibit Booth
Wondering what new products and tools the College is offering this year? The ACP Exhibit booth is your one-stop shop for getting up-to-date.

The ultimate house call is to the White House
The ultimate house call is to the White HouseFor nine years, E. Connie Mariano, FACP, was in charge of keeping the President of the United States, his family, his official visitors, the Vice President and even the first pet, healthy. Dr. Mariano will be describing her work as physician to the president and offering her thoughts about health and medicine as it applies to the presidential candidates at two “History of Medicine” panels. Other speakers at these sessions will discuss the topics of presidential disability, the history of VIP care and foreign leaders’ illnesses and disabilities.

Endocrinology update to examine osteoporosis, diseases of the thyroid and pituitary
Janet Schlechte, MACP, professor, department of internal medicine at University of Iowa, will discuss a new drug for treatment of osteoporosis, along with some highlights related to treatment of diabetes, thyroid and pituitary disorders at the endocrinology and diabetes update.

Patient history and simple maneuvers aid the physical exam
When it comes to performing physical examinations, physicians often do either too much or too little. At the meet-the-professor course on “Physical Diagnosis: the Top 10,” the director of Jefferson Medical College’s physical diagnosis course will prompt physicians to rethink some of their physical examination practices by focusing on the evidence behind common techniques.

Common medical procedure not helpful in reducing risks from coronary artery disease
This year's Cardiology Update highlights some recent studies that have the potential to significantly impact clinical practice: the shortcomings of percutaneous coronary intervention, the dangers of drug-eluting stents and difficulties of drug development. Peter Stone, MD, co-director of the Samuel A. Levine cardiac unit and director of the Clinical Trials Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, will moderate the update.

ACP honors outstanding chapter activities with Evergreen Awards
At this year’s Internal Medicine Meeting, ACP presented Evergreen Awards to 15 chapters. The Evergreen Program provides recognition and visibility to those chapters that have been successful in implementing programs that increase membership, improve communication, increase member involvement, enhance diversity, foster careers in internal medicine, and improve management of the chapter. Here is a list of the chapter winners.

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