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In the News for the Week of March 4, 2014
PCMH pilot demonstrated minimal quality improvement, no cost savings
A pilot project found that implementation of a medical home practice model improved quality only minimally and did not reduce health care costs or utilization. More...
Statin challenges may allow some with myalgia to continue their regimen
In patients who had had myalgia while taking statins, double-blind, crossover comparisons objectively determined whether the drug was truly causing the problem and allowed the patients to continue therapy, a proof-of-concept study found. More...
MKSAP Quiz: 2-week history of nonproductive cough and fever
A 35-year-old man is evaluated for a 2-week history of nonproductive cough and fever. He has a 20-year history of asthma. Three weeks ago, he visited friends in Indiana. He has no dyspnea, hemoptysis, or worsening of his baseline asthma symptoms. His only medication is an albuterol inhaler as needed. Following a physical exam, lab results and a chest radiograph, what is the most appropriate management? More...
Antihypertensive drugs associated with risk for serious fall injuries in elderly patients
Antihypertensive drugs may be associated with a higher risk for serious fall injuries in elderly adults, according to a new study. More...
Guideline update issued on prevention of stroke in nonvalvular afib
The American Academy of Neurology recently issued a guideline update on preventing stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). More...
Depression a risk factor for adverse outcomes in ACS patients
Depression should be considered as a risk factor for adverse outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). More...
Reminder of ICD-10 testing this week
From March 3 to 7, CMS is offering the opportunity to test ICD-10 codes to give billing companies, clearinghouses, and physicians and other clinicians a chance to see whether their claims using ICD-10 codes will work. More...
Population Health Colloquium to be held this month in Philadelphia
The Jefferson School of Population Health will hold its 14th Population Health Colloquium from March 17-19 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia. More...
Internal Medicine 2014
ACP to conduct Annual Business Meeting
All members are encouraged to attend ACP's Annual Business Meeting to be held during Internal Medicine 2014. Current College Officers will retire from office and incoming Officers, new Regents and Governors will be introduced. More...
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The next issue of ACP Internist is online and coming to your mailbox. Featured in this month's issue are stories about e-cigarettes, lung cancer screening recommendations, and the potential of GERD as a cause of pulmonary diseases. More...
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Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP
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A 35-year-old man is evaluated for a 2-week history of nonproductive cough and fever. He has a 20-year history of asthma. Three weeks ago, he visited friends in Indiana. He has no dyspnea, hemoptysis, or worsening of his baseline asthma symptoms. His only medication is an albuterol inhaler as needed. Following a physical exam, lab results and a chest radiograph, what is the most appropriate management?
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