Medicare's Recovery Audit Contractors are, in fact, auditing physicians more than ever. The â€œincident toâ€ï¿½ provision and teaching physician guidelines cause the greatest confusion and require special attention to ensure they are used correctly.
Going online during a patient encounter delivers answers immediately, letting physicians provide better care and improve their knowledge base. A new generation of tools makes evidence-based information quickly available to busy clinicians.
For the few cases of diarrhea severe enough to warrant medical attention, consider infections, toxicity, food allergies and medicine reactions, says a speaker from Internal Medicine 2009.
Internists are closely involved in care for multiple sclerosis, from recognizing symptoms to preventing complications. As the first line of defense, primary care physicians can find reassurance in guidance from a recent consensus paper on differential diagnosis.
A summary of approvals, recalls, warnings and alerts digested by ACP Internist from the Food and Drug Administration's alerts.
Genomics education should be integrated into existing paradigms for teaching about health and disease, because the intersection of the patient-centered medical home and genomics requires primary care physicians and specialists with advanced genetics training as necessary links to effective care delivery.
A round-up of this issue's articles on multiple sclerosis; conference coverage from Digestive Disease Week; our latest columns.
While much of a clinician's stature among peers depends on encyclopedic understanding of the scientific literature, his or her effectiveness depends largely on well-honed skills of communication and relationship building. Never have such skills been more critical or more challenging than they are today.
A snapshot of health care reform as Congress takes a mid-summer break. Multiple bills need to be reconciled, while members of Congress face increasing pressure from advertising and lobbying.
An expert from ACP's Regulatory and Insurer Affairs section clarifies what codes to use when admitting and discharging patients across the span of several days, and how to handle observation status depending upon how much time is spent.
ACP Executive Vice President and CEO John Tooker, FACP, MBA, has been named one of Modern Healthcare's â€œ100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.â€ï¿½ As the health care debate has gained momentum, Dr. Tooker has increased commitments to national forums, including congressional hearings and legislator panels, to ensure that the views of internists are heard.
ACP members are eligible to receive a free copy of the Pocket Guide to Selected Preventive Services for Adults and the Young Physician Practice Management Survival Handbook developed by the 2008-2009 Council of Young Physicians.