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Archive - April 2012


New Technology

Mobile devices offer advantages, challenges

Mobile devices offer advantages, challenges

By Paula S. Katz

Internists are piecing together technology to improve their practice management, but too many pieces are more of a puzzle than a picture. All the new devices ultimately need to lead to better care, the experts urge.

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Antithrombotic Therapy

New drugs could improve anticoagulation rates

New drugs could improve anticoagulation rates

By Charlotte Huff

Dabigatran and rivaroxaban spare patients the need for regular blood checks, but warfarin is less expensive and has an antidote to reverse bleeding, if needed. Does the convenience of the new generation of drugs and the potential to increase compliance with therapy outweigh their downsides?

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Career Options

Learn how to plan a medical volunteering trip overseas

Learn how to plan a medical volunteering trip overseas

By Stacey Butterfield

Volunteering overseas may be an appealing, but also intimidating, vacation option for some U.S. physicians. Our Q&A details what's actually entailed in a medical volunteering trip.

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FDA Update

Warning on PPIs and C. diff, contraceptive pill mixup

Warning on PPIs and C. diff, contraceptive pill mixup

By Stacey Butterfield

Recalls, warnings, approvals and other regulatory news.

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Gray Matters

Decisional conflict: Balancing risks, benefits for each patient

Decisional conflict: Balancing risks, benefits for each patient

By Jerome Groopman, MD, FACP, and Pamela Hartzband, MD, FACP

A 73-year-old man struggles with the decision whether to consider anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation, a “decisional conflict” that affects many trying to balance risks and rewards of medical treatments. Doctors should help the patients choose, but then abide by that decision.

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President's Message

Transitions don't mean a loss of continuity for ACP's mission

By Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MHS, FACP

As ACP's outgoing president contemplates the upcoming change of leadership, she realizes that while the people may change, the organization still requires its leaders and its members to continue.

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Washington Perspective

Haggling over health care reform is like a children's game

By Robert B. Doherty

Health care reform has made progress with internists already seeing bonus reimbursement in their offices. But the Affordable Care Act is about to run smack into the Supreme Court, and what happens there could result in any range of outcomes.

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Editor's Note

No such thing as ‘one fits all’ for physicians and mobile devices

By Jennifer Kearney-Strouse

Technological devices can make physicians lives easier, but integrating them can be difficult. Physicians report on how they make the many mobile devices work in their offices.

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Readers Respond

Letters to the editor

Readers submit their thoughts on using scribes and paying for medical school.

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Practice Rx

CMS delays ICD-10, offers new overpayment options

CMS delays ICD-10, offers new overpayment options

By Debra Lansey

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services heard the primary care community's complaints and have delayed ICD-10 implementation until further notice. The agency did, however, launch several new tactics in order to collect overpayments.

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CPII Tips

Distributing pay for performance

By ACP Staff

Once a practice receives pay-for-performance bonuses, how should they be distributed? Do they go to the treating physicians, the entire practice or some kind of hybrid? There options aplenty to consider.

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Internal Medicine News

ACP conducts Annual Business Meeting

By ACP Staff

All members are encouraged to attend ACP's Annual Business Meeting to be held during Internal Medicine 2012.

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