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Opioids may be associated with increased risk for serious invasive pneumococcal infections

Patients with invasive pneumococcal disease had significantly greater odds than control participants of being current opioid users, and associations were strongest for long-acting opioids, high-potency opioids, and high-dose opioids.

Advance questions wanted for Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 keynote speaker

ACP members are encouraged to send questions in advance for ACP's Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 keynote speaker, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, FACP, who will respond to the questions on stage during a question-and-answer segment of the Opening Ceremony.

MKSAP Quiz: Multiple sclerosis in the setting of pregnancy

A 29-year-old woman is evaluated during a routine follow-up examination of multiple sclerosis, which was diagnosed 3 years ago. The patient says she wishes to discontinue her oral contraceptive and attempt to become pregnant. She has no other personal or family medical history of note. Medications are fingolimod, vitamin D, and an oral contraceptive. Besides discontinuing the oral contraceptive, what is the most appropriate next step in management?

Drug interaction risks appear common among older patients being treated for epilepsy

Factors predicting higher drug interaction risk included having one or more comorbid condition versus zero comorbidities, having four or more comorbid conditions versus zero comorbidities, being eligible for the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy, and not living in the northeastern U.S.

ACP advocacy contributes to CMS changes in E/M documentation for medical students

Verifying student documentation in a patient's medical record allows teaching physicians to provide a meaningful educational experience within a much more streamlined workflow, eliminating an unnecessary administrative burden.

ACP seeks feedback from members on administrative pain points

An online data collection tool will serve as a way for physicians to communicate administrative hassles to ACP staff, share best practices and innovative ideas, and help inform the creation of additional tools and services.

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.