May 2008

Is your staff prepared to respond to a stroke?

Education about symptoms should target office staff with patient contact, as well as patients and relatives of those at risk.

Recognize and react is theme underlying latest stroke studies

Conference coverage focuses on studies about abdominal obesity, symptoms and the importance of dialing 911 first.

Physicians not content to stick with the status quo

Physicians not content to stick with the status quo May '08

Beware of ‘search satisfaction,’ a common cognitive error

An initially missed diagnosis warns of succumbing to "search satisfaction," a common cognitive error

Physician should transfer records regardless of patient's bill

A physician's refusal to turn over the records of a patient with an outstanding bill may be seen as abandonment.

Letters to the Editor

Readers react to lawsuit over prior authorization requests

Even rare inherited cancer syndromes lurk in your practice

Even the rarest cancer syndromes exist among your patient panel

ACP Highlights

A look at ACP Journal Club Plus, an electronic digest of customizable alerts.

In-office lab tests augment patient self-education efforts

Fifth in a six-part series on small practice issues.

Medicare implements new advanced beneficiary notice form

I heard that there is a new advanced beneficiary notice (ABN) form for Medicare patients. When do I use it?

Dividing the pie by keeping it simple

Looking for the perfect compensation plan for your practice? Here’s the secret.

Improving access key to reform, says Commonwealth Fund VP

Health care access has become a top issue in 2008.

Community projects rely on local doctors for larger success

More than 40 million American adults don’t receive health-related services.

Retooled CMS ratings may inspire hospitals' improvement

Pop quiz: How many health care rating schemes are out there?

John McCain touts his plan for the U.S. health care system

Relatively little attention has been paid to the plans that the Republican nominee Sen. John McCain has proposed.

National Trends

Lacking a usual source of health care is associated with poorer control of chronic conditions and lower receipt of preventive services.

ACP tackles timeless themes in contemporary circumstances

Historical perspectives written at varying times over the College’s 93 years

From the College

CME offerings and maintenance of certification