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ACP Internist - March 2011

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Patient Communication

Learning to parry patient requests

Negotiating the doctor-patient relationship requires understanding what a patient expects from treatment, instead of outright saying “no.” There are easier ways to sort out what a request really means, and how to quickly address the real underlying issue.

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Disease Management

Treat metabolic syndrome’s many causes

Metabolic syndrome’s prevalence has rapidly advanced in just the past decade. But medical societies don’t recommend treating it as a distinct entity. They’d rather that physicians address the individual components of the illness, and encourage lifestyle modifications as the primary way to achieve such a goal.

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Conference Coverage

Simple tools, teamwork manage depression in primary care

Embedding mental health professionals directly into a primary care setting threatens to add complexity to primary care’s already hefty ‘to do” list. Clinics that have accomplished that task explain how not only was it easier than expected, but it adds tremendous benefits to the practice.

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Hypertension

Why and how to monitor hypertension at home

Home measurement of high blood pressure overcomes variability inherent in office measurements, delivers better assessment of systolic pressure (and hence, of possible cardiovascular events) and offers a better chance of discontinuing drug therapy.

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Group visits bring focus and control to hypertension

A VA center reduced uncontrolled hypertension rates by implementing group visits. The program allowed physicians to titrate medicine to efficacy, and then motivated patients to remain involved and compliant with therapy.

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FDA Update

Warnings on morphine overdoses, acetaminophen amounts

Recalls, warnings, approvals and other regulatory news.

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Perspectives

Editor’s Note

How to say no

A look at how physicians can overcome inappropriate treatment requests while treating the underlying issues that prompted them.

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Readers Respond

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to coverage on SGR payment reform, chronic sinusitis and communication between internists and hospitalists.

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President’s Message

ACP chapters offer myriad opportunities for involvement

ACP’s chapters form the core of member involvement with the organization, as well as offer benefits in networking, learning and managing.

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Washington Perspective

‘Rationing’ charge prevents real discourse on health care costs

Critics have unfairly attacked health care reform. But proponents haven’t been straightforward about its costs. The truth involves how resources get allocated.

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Practice Management

Practice Rx

Start preparing now for ICD-10’s looming requirements

The new code set is much larger and will impact not only office staff but vendors. It’s now time to start preparing for the transition, which is closer than you think.

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CPII Tips

Complete version 5010 before starting ICD-10

Offices must convert to a new electronic standard format, called version 5010, before they can implement ICD-10 in their offices. End-to-end testing must be complete by the end of the year.

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College News

Internal Medicine 2011 Preview

Internal Medicine 2011 offers several new pre-courses

New offerings at ACP’s annual meeting will include learning how to use portable ultrasound technology, the anatomy behind and diagnoses of common orthopedic complains, and an expanded neurological course including headache, dizziness and stroke.

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College Governance

Officer and Regent election results announced

Election results include the Chair-elect, Board of Regents, two new Regents and the Chair-elect Designee, Board of Governors.

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