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ACP Internist® Weekly

Welcome to this week's issue of ACP Internist Weekly, an update for internists published every Tuesday by the American College of Physicians.



In the News for the Week of January 27, 2015




Highlights

Guidelines define an adjunctive role for weight loss and other prescription medications in obesity management

Knowledgeable prescribing of weight loss medications, and choosing other necessary prescription medications with favorable weight profiles, can aid in the prevention and management of obesity and can be useful for patients who have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise alone, according to a clinical practice guideline. More...

High-intensity statins often not prescribed after CHD hospitalization, study finds

Patients who are hospitalized for coronary heart disease (CHD) often don't fill prescriptions for high-intensity statins after discharge, according to a new study. More...


Test yourself

MKSAP Quiz: follow-up evaluation of Parkinson disease

A 58-year-old woman is seen for a follow-up evaluation of Parkinson disease, which she has had for 12 years. She was initially treated with ropinirole to which levodopa-carbidopa was added as the disease progressed. After 5 years of good control on medication, she began to experience involuntary generalized twisting and writhing movements after taking each dose of levodopa-carbidopa and noticed that the medication's effect waned after several hours. What is the best treatment for this patient? More...


Nephrology

Dabigatran, rivaroxaban prescriptions increasing for dialysis patients with afib

More patients with atrial fibrillation who also receive hemodialysis are being prescribed dabigatran and rivaroxaban despite contraindications, according to a new study. More...


Transitions of care

Nine transitional care interventions for heart failure may help optimize outcomes

Nine interventions for transitions of care in heart failure may assist in achieving optimal clinical and patient-centered outcomes, according to a scientific statement that addressed patient, hospital, and clinician barriers. More...


CMS update

Are you billing for chronic care management?

As of Jan. 1, physicians can use the new chronic care management (CCM) code (99490) when treating Medicare patients with multiple chronic conditions. More...


Education

ACP, CDIM offer educational resources designed for the internal medicine clerkship

Third-year medical students in the core internal medicine clerkship now have a single integrated suite of educational materials to help them care for patients, prepare for clinical rounds, and study for the end-of-rotation and USMLE Step 2 examinations. More...


From the College

ACP begins year-long centennial celebration

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of ACP. The College will host a series of events and activities throughout the year to celebrate ACP's commitment to excellence and its dedication to internal medicine and patient care. More...

Scientific meetings are worth more than CME

Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his monthly column at KevinMD.com about good reasons to travel to a scientific meeting. More...


Cartoon caption contest

Put words in our mouth

ACP Internist Weekly wants readers to create captions for our new cartoon and help choose the winner. Pen the winning caption and win a $50 gift certificate good toward any ACP product, program or service. More...


Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP



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Test yourself

A 58-year-old woman is seen for a follow-up evaluation of Parkinson disease, which she has had for 12 years. She was initially treated with ropinirole to which levodopa-carbidopa was added as the disease progressed. After 5 years of good control on medication, she began to experience involuntary generalized twisting and writhing movements after taking each dose of levodopa-carbidopa and noticed that the medication's effect waned after several hours. What is the best treatment for this patient.

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