Current Issue - October 2014
The challenge in diabetes treatment used to be getting patients’ blood glucose low enough. But recent evidence has shown that, at least for elderly diabetics, hypoglycemia may be as much or more of a problem as hyperglycemia.
The release of a massive amount of data about how much physicians had received from Medicare in 2012 was a sign of price transparency to some and an unwelcome intrusion to others. The raw data didn’t tell the entire tale, critics said.
Organized medicine reacted with concern to a proposal to restructure graduate medical education that did not take into account the looming shortage in primary care.
A host of issues highlight the dysfunctional approach that federal and state governments have taken toward issues with a direct impact on health care.
It is important for internists to understand and plan for the Initial Preventive Physical Examination, a one-time visit for new Medicare beneficiaries.
Electronic health communication in health care must be secure. Text messaging is not, but it’s how many patients want to talk with their doctors. Consider the ramifications of a message that gets misplaced, and then consider other ways of communicating.
ACP Internist Weekly
From the October 21, 2014 edition
- Mixing alcohol with opioids, benzodiazepines sending users to emergency departments
- Commentary discusses conventional medical centers and Ebola; Ebola resources available
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