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ACP Internist - January 2011

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Disease Management

Miserable symptoms mark chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis, an illness that can feel as symptomatically miserable as congestive heart failure or rheumatoid arthritis, is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. But distinctive clues can lead internists to deliver the right treatment.

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Hospital Handoffs

PCPs, hospitalists work at communication

Closer relationships between primary care physicians and hospitalists and resulting improvements in patient care are achievable with relatively little effort.

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Conference Coverage

Speaking of cancer: Tips on how to convey risks to patients

How physicians express cancer risks to patients determines how they might use that knowledge to make decisions about genetics, family history and potential future screens and tests.

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Vitamins and Nutrition

New research creates debates on calcium’s benefits vs. risks

Calcium supplements pit potential outcomes against one another—heart attacks vs. bone fractures vs. increased falls. The debate leaves doctors wondering what the researchers are really doing and saying about supplements.

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FDA Update

Warnings on prostate drugs, HIV combination therapy

Recalls, warnings, approvals and other regulatory news.

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Perspectives

Mindful Medicine

When you look, but don’t see the diagnosis

Gradual yet significant change in a woman’s appearance, first noticed by a daughter she hadn’t seen for a year, leads to the diagnosis of a common yet frequently missed ailment. Why hadn’t those who’d seen the woman daily noticed anything? Intuitive vs. deliberative thought processes made all the difference.

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Editor’s Note

Diagnosis, treatment of chronic sinusitis present challenges

A look at how internists can manage chronic sinusitis, a difficult diagnosis with symptoms that can mimic other disorders.

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Readers Respond

Letters to the editor

Reader comments on medical marijuana, Medicare reimbursement and doctor-industry relations.

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President’s Message

Medical home model might be health care’s next great change

The patient-centered medical home might be health care's next transformational innovation, one that will allow primary care to survive and thrive.

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Washington Perspective

Influencing the details of health reform so internists get paid

ACP played a key role in enacting into law the Medicare Primary Care Incentive Program, which improves reimbursement, and in making sure the provisions apply to as many doctors as possible.

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Practice Management

Success Story

Practice achieves NCQA’s highest recognition without an EMR

An internal medicine practice followed evidence-based diabetes care guidelines and achieves honors from the National Committee on Quality Assurance, despite not yet having an electronic medical record. A lot of thinking and a dedicated team allowed the group's paperwork to accomplish the same goals.

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Practice Rx

New billing codes for ‘subsequent observation care’ services

Internists can use new procedure codes to be paid for the increasingly common service of evaluating and managing a patient after admission to observation status in a hospital.

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CPII Tips

Understanding EHR certification

Certified electronic health record systems are crucial to qualifying for extra reimbursement and complying with upcoming government regulations. But there are two types, each assessing different aspects of how the system will function in an office.

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College News

Fall chapter awards

Chapters honor Members, Fellows and Masters ACP who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, or service to their community, their chapter, and ACP.

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Obituaries

Obituaries

ACP announces the passing of members.

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