Featured Articles - October 2015
New legislation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that insurance plans cover alcohol treatment as an essential health care benefit, prompting internists to integrate care for alcohol use disorders into their practices.
Research is increasingly indicating a relationship, if not a causal link, between depression and anxiety and heart disease.
Mandated influenza vaccinations for employees of health care facilities are improving safety for vulnerable patients. Properly implementing such rules is the key to a successful outcome.
Peer education, in which patients guide each other through the course of care, can be a cost-effective way of closing care gaps and encouraging patient empowerment.
Health maintenance and lifestyle apps could reach a new generation of patients, but there are challenges that could limit their overall success.
The onus is on internists to understand the newer classes of incretins such as sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. They hold promise for better treatments, but they are new and not as well understood as older treatments.
The handoff to a new doctor is a risky time for patients, who may not return for care or see the right resident. A team at the University of Chicago developed a packet of information intended to smooth the transition and reduce gaps in care.
ACP Internist Weekly
From the September 29, 2015 edition
- ACP issues best practice advice on evaluating suspected PE
- Spironolactone may be effective as add-on treatment for drug-resistant hypertension
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