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Diabetes risk from statins may be offset by reduction in cardiovascular events

Atorvastatin, 80 mg/d, carries a higher risk of developing diabetes than do lower doses, but only among patients who already have multiple risk factors, a study found.

EHR use and compliance with meaningful use measures continue to rise

More physicians are using electronic health records (EHRs) generally and in the specific ways mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' meaningful use objectives, according to two recent surveys.

MKSAP Quiz: 4-week history of wheals

A 27-year-old woman is evaluated for a 4-week history of wheals, characterized by a burning sensation without pruritus. Each individual lesion persists for 48 hours and slowly resolves, leaving a bruise. Following a history and physical exam, what is the most appropriate management?

Postpolypectomy risk stratification guidelines from the U.S. and U.K. compared

Guidelines used in the United Kingdom to stratify postpolypectomy patients may more accurately predict risk of advanced colorectal neoplasia than current U.S. guidelines, a study found.

More information on medication changes may improve post-discharge adherence in patients with stroke

Providing more details to primary care physicians (PCPs) about medication changes during hospitalization can help improve adherence after discharge, according to a new study.

Resources available to help clinicians comply with new PQRS requirements

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) 2012 reporting year will be the last year for physicians to participate in PQRS and receive an incentive payment of 0.5% of the total allowed charges for Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered services, without risk of penalty.

Practice transformation is more than checking boxes

Yul Ejnes, MD, MACP, continues his column at KevinMD.com, suggesting how physicians can engage and inspire their practice teams to achieve a shared vision that focuses on desired outcomes rather than process.

And the winner is …

ACP InternistWeekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption.

Physician editor: Daisy Smith, MD, FACP