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ACP InternistSM - April 2010

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Diagnosing Diseases

Array of symptoms can point to celiac

Celiac incidence has risen since the 1950s to today, so alert internists listen to the symptoms, get to the basis, and make accurate attributions to make the right diagnosis. A constellation of symptoms can point to a common underlying condition.

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Computers in Medicine

EHR era ushers in stricter privacy, security

Offices feeling confident about HIPAA compliance now face HITECH, an increased level of demands meant to secure confidential information in a digital age. The demands have increased, and so have the penalties.

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Starting a Practice

Start-up practice uses ACP’s marketing guides for quick growth

Leslie Saltzman, ACP Member, took advantage of some resources on hand and guidance from ACP’s Running a Practice section to quickly grow her solo practice into a full-service resource for women’s health.

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FDA Update

Risks seen with anemia, asthma drugs; insulin syringes recalled

Warnings, recalls and updates from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Perspectives

Mindful Medicine

Seeing the whole diagnostic picture

For a year, one patient saw specialist after specialist and received a different diagnosis each time. Like the story of the blind men and the elephant, specialists often see the patient through only one component of training, as anchoring and availability sneak into their thinking.

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Practical Genomics

Genomics will aid primary care, with primary care’s help

Genomics expert W. Gregory Feero, MD, PhD, interviews Eric Green, MD, PhD, the new director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, about the changing interface between genomics and medicine.

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President’s Message

Reflecting on a year of service, leadership, honor and privilege

ACP’s president offers his final thoughts on a year of service to the College, the passage of health care reform, and the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath.

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Editor’s Note

Learn where to look for celiac disease

Internists are more likely than ever to treat patients with celiac disease, but the diagnosis is still often missed.

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Readers Respond

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to the ACP InternistWeekly item about lower pay driving physicians to cut their hours, and to the cover story that questioned the value of the annual physical exam.

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Washington Perspective

Change fee for service to another method that reflects quality

Fee-for-service payments need to align incentives with value of services rendered.

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Practice Management

Practice Rx

Know the rules to avoid common errors, appeal unfair denials

Simple steps within the control of a practice’s billing staff can reduce denied claims from private insurance companies. Knowing what types of errors are the most frequent can help staff avoid making them in the first place.

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CPII Tips

Hire NPs, PAs to boost revenue, accessibility

A dependent practitioner can increase a practice’s accessibility, productivity and revenue while contributing to quality and patient satisfaction—and at half the cost of hiring a physician.

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College News

Obituaries

Recent Obituaries

Recent obituaries of note.

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