Because not all presentations of lung diseases include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)'s more commonly recognized symptoms, such as heartburn and regurgitation, it is easy to miss GERD as a contributing factor. Internists should be on the lookout for "red flags" such as dysphagia or weight loss.
Learning is a progressive, contextual, social and active process. Time spent at ACP's Internal Medicine 2014 meeting is well spent.
Access to health care can collide with controlling costs. Balance, transparency and real choice will help not only the success of the Affordable Care Act, but Medicare Advantage and employer-based health plans.
This issue includes stories centered on various aspects of pulmonology, as well as a glimpse at the upcoming Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando, Fla.
ACP's practice management staff answers questions about coverage of and coding for preventive services mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
There are several ways to increase practice revenue, including patient volume, better collections, or better contract rates.
The College's annual meeting returns to Florida, birthplace of the extremely popular Doctor's Dilemma competition.
A 50-year-old man is evaluated for a 6-month history of dysphagia. He describes a sensation of both solids and liquids sticking in the midesophageal area. This sensation has slowly worsened over time. He also describes intermittent midsternal discomfort that is nonexertional and is usually precipitated by swallowing food. He has lost 4.5 kg (10.0 lb). He has had no history of heartburn or acid regurgitation. Following a physical exam and barium swallow, what is the most appropriate management?