ACP Internist - January 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
Warnings on prostate drugs, HIV combination therapy
Recalls, warnings, approvals and other regulatory news.
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.
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.
Letters to the editor
Reader comments on medical marijuana, Medicare reimbursement and doctor-industry relations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACP announces the passing of members.
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