Archive - July/August 2014
Documentation requirements for some types of durable medical equipment (DME) are increasing, but DME requests can also be time-consuming in other ways for physician practices.
ACP’s 2013 guideline on screening, monitoring, and treatment of stage 1 to 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) raised an immediate response from leaders of the American Society of Nephrology, which felt the College missed the big picture of CKD prevention when developing the guideline. Learn where the two organizations agree and disagree about screening for CKD.
Colonoscopies are an obvious target in the current push to decrease health care costs, given their expense and utilization, said experts at Digestive Disease Week in Chicago in May.
Thirteen “spoke” hospitals across the U.S. without on-site stroke experts used telemedicine to increased their use of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat acute ischemic stroke.
The traditional 3 symptoms of bacterial meningitis are well known: fever, headache, and neck stiffness. But altered mental status should be on that list, too.
For many people, retirement means a chance to improve one’s golf handicap and vacation in Europe. For Larry Crook, MD, FACP, it meant setting up a nonprofit to help people halfway around the world.
Both physicians and patients have a role in developing good communication.
Physicians and medical students representing ACP took to Capitol Hill to discuss the sustainable growth rate formula, workforce issues, and liability reform.
Doctor as Patient
In medicine, a single diagnosis is preferred when possible as opposed to seeking multiple diagnoses to explain symptoms. But it isn’t always correct.
ACP’s president argues the importance of ensuring the graduation of lifelong learners and internists who are prepared for the profession not only in knowledge and skill, but also in wisdom.
Medicaid is the largest provider of government-funded health coverage in the United States, based on number of people enrolled, yet it doesn’t get as much attention as Medicare. That may soon change.
What a mentor does will always speak louder than what he or she says. In both positive and negative ways, mentors transmit “lessons” to their mentees through their everyday actions, conversations, and decisions.
This issue covers topics including requests for durable medical equipment (DME), screening for stages 1 to 3 chronic kidney disease, and diagnosis of meningitis.
What should physicians look for when reviewing their Open Payments information online?
This update covers approval of a new drug to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus, along with diet and exercise, and of a drug to reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular death, and need for revascularization in patients with a previous heart attack or peripheral artery disease.
A 49-year-old woman is evaluated for a 6- month history of exertional dyspnea and nonproductive cough that had an insidious onset. She has not noticed any particular triggers for her cough. She has no history of asthma, airway disease, reflux, or aspiration. She has never smoked. She has had no chemical or industrial exposures, has not been in contact with birds, has not been in a hot tub recently, and has not had recent travel. She has no family history of atopy or asthma, and she takes no medications. Lung volumes and spirometry are normal; DLCO is mildly reduced at 75% of predicted. Based on physical exam and chest radiographs, what is the most likely diagnosis?
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