Current Issue - November/December 2013
Patients increasingly checking ‘Dr. Google’
More than a third of patients have gone online to identify a medical condition, raising concerns about “cyberchondria” and requiring physicians to adapt to help patients differentiate the helpful websites from the misleading ones.
Managing Back Pain
Coping skills, counseling best for low back pain
Despite all the best evidence and guidelines, patients with low back pain are still spending time, effort and money on things that aren’t helping them in the long run.
Q&A: Doctors have an online presence, even if they don’t know it yet
Patients are using physician rating websites to find their doctors and find out more about them. ACP Member Kevin Pho, MD, of KevinMD.com, explains why doctors need a plan in place to make sure that accurate and positive information makes its way to the top of a search engine.
Doctor as Patient
A physician copes with chronic pain
A diagnosis of breast cancer leads to chronic pain that has lingered for 6 years. A physician learns a lesson in adaptation, resilience and moving on. Humility and hope are keys.
Five questions that may decide the success of health care reform
As open enrollment begins under the Affordable Care Act, its success depends upon who signs up, how easy it is to do so, and whether the states help their residents do so. Physicians can help their patients sign up.
ICD-10 doesn’t have to be intimidating
To help internists become even more comfortable with the new code set, ACP looks at how the codes are structured and how to cross-walk from old to new for some of the most common ones.
The self-pay conundrum and other tricky HIPAA omnibus requirements
While many of the omnibus changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are subtle and may not require a great deal from a practice, the penalties for noncompliance are severe.
Regents and Officers
Nominees named for College Officer and Regent positions
The Governance Committee of the American College of Physicians places in nomination its candidates.
Chapters honor Members, Fellows, and Masters of ACP who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, or service to their community, their chapter, and ACP.
ACP Internist Weekly
From the November 26, 2013 edition
- Genotype testing for warfarin dosing may offer limited or no benefit
- ABIM to appoint non-internists to its governance
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