Editor's note: Dr. Lien disclosed that she is a consultant for insulin manufacturers Sanofi-Aventis, Merck, Eli Lilly, and Novo Nordisk. ... Editor's note: Drs. Karl and Mahoney write on behalf of the Tucson and Contra Costa Chapters of the Citizens'
A letter to the editor addresses the primary care shortage in medical education. ... Failing to recognize the above realities is going to leave many smaller training programs in real jeopardy of no longer existing.
The escalating volume of PBM letters and facsimiles into our offices, demanding attention, interferes with our ability to best serve patients. ... There are staffing overhead and billing costs. Personally, I have refused to respond to the fax requests.
It is usually appropriate for consultants to explain to the patient what they have found and what recommendations they will make to the referring physician. ... If consultants have not yet discussed their findings with the patient, it's appropriate to do
to go to the hospital to care for the patient with sudden critical illness. ... That illness, and the doctor's struggle to help, is not caused by global warming at all.
By Janet Colwell, Editor. ... College members pushed for approval of $500 million to fund a Medicare pilot of the patient-centered medical home but it was a tough sell.