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109 Healthcare Groups Urge Congress to Immediately Reverse CMS Policy Linking Physician Payment Adjustments to Part B Drug Costs

More than 100 of the nation's leading patient and provider organizations - including the American College of Rheumatology - are urging Congressional leaders to immediately reverse a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that will create enormous financial uncertainty for specialty providers and jeopardize patient access to vital Part B drug therapies.

What can be done to prevent alcohol-impaired driving fatalaties?

(American College of Physicians) A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) outlines a framework for preventing alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.

Normal tissue BRCA1 methylation associated with risk for high-grade ovarian cancer

(American College of Physicians) Normal tissue BRCA1 methylation is associated with risk for high-grade ovarian cancer and may occur as a prenatal event. These findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

MKSAP: 65-year-old man with chronic kidney disease

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 65-year-old man is evaluated during a follow-up visit for stage G3b/A3 chronic kidney disease due to diabetic nephropathy. He reports doing well with good baseline exercise tolerance and no shortness of breath. Medical history is also significant for type 2 […]

Are physicians losing the healing touch?

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I keenly remember the thrill of making my way to the medical bookstore as an early first-year student to buy my first stethoscope. Although receiving the short white coat at the start of medical school symbolizing the transition into the medical profession was […]

How Physician Recruiters Can Overcome a Persistent Shortage of Candidates

The United States healthcare system is on the verge of a serious physician deficiency. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a report in April, 2016, revealing some very real statistics. The AAMC report estimates that by the year […]

An exercise program provides mobility benefits to all seniors

(American College of Physicians) Physicians should prescribe physical activity to all older patients, regardless of frailty status. A structured, moderate-intensity physical activity program was not associated with a reduced risk for frailty over 2 years among sedentary older adults; however, it did reduce major mobility disability in both frail and nonfrail patients.

MKSAP: 25-year-old man is evaluated in follow-up after HIV testing

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 25-year-old man is evaluated in follow-up after HIV testing. He states he has sex with other men and usually uses condoms. He had a negative HIV test result 1 year ago. He feels well today but reports having a flulike […]

New Atopic Dermatitis Yardstick provides practical guidance and management insights

(American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) A newly published Atopic Dermatitis (AD) Yardstick from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has practical recommendations for physicians about the treatment of...

New Atopic Dermatitis Yardstick Provides Practical Guidance and Management Insights

A newly published Atopic Dermatitis (AD) Yardstick from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has practical recommendations for physicians about the treatment of AD.

Risk-based lung cancer screening may save more lives than current USPSTF guidelines

(American College of Physicians) Lung cancer screening based on individual risk has the potential to save more lives than current recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

MKSAP: 64-year-old man with diabetes

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 64-year-old man is evaluated for his quarterly diabetes care follow-up visit. Point-of-care HbA1c level is not at goal for...Show More Summary

Blood pressure control best achieved with a multilevel, multicomponent approach

(American College of Physicians) Current clinical guidelines recommend lower blood pressure targets for the general population, yet control remains elusive for most. A new study suggests that patients with hypertension can best achieve...Show More Summary

MKSAP: 63-year-old man with mid-upper back pain

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 63-year-old man is evaluated for severe mid-upper back pain following a minor fall 1 day ago. He also notes progressive fatigue of 6 months’ duration and a 6.8-kg (15-lb) weight loss. Medical history is notable for an 80-pack-year smoking history, […]

Internists say tax legislation could harm health care for millions of Americans

(American College of Physicians) The American College of Physicians (ACP) is deeply concerned that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s individual mandate that is included in the tax reform legislation that Congress just passed will cause tens of millions of Americans to lose health insurance coverage.

Getting it right: the challenge and reward of clinical diagnosis

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. It was actually a great diagnosis that led me to become an internist. I distinctly recall a patient admitted to my service during my third-year internal medicine clerkship inpatient rotation. He was extremely sick and what was wrong with him had eluded multiple […]

MKSAP: 48-year-old man with knee pain and swelling

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 48-year-old man is evaluated for a 2-day history of right anterior knee pain and swelling. The pain began suddenly and has increased in intensity. He currently rates his pain as an 8 on a 10-point scale. He has no knee […]

ACP calls for elimination of physician compensation disparities

(American College of Physicians) In a new position statement on Compensation Equity and Transparency in the Field of Medicine, the American College of Physicians (ACP) asserts that physicians should receive equitable compensation based on comparable work and compensation should not vary based on characteristics of personal identity.

MKSAP: 22-year-old woman is evaluated for a flare of Crohn disease

Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 22-year-old woman is evaluated for a flare of Crohn disease. A colonoscopy performed 6 months ago showed moderate, patchy, left-sided colitis extending from the descending colon to the splenic flexure. Show More Summary

Large proportion of patients experiencing acute exacerbations of COPD are skipping out on pulmonary rehabilitation or not being referred all together

(American College of Chest Physicians) Researchers from Imperial College London set out to determine the effect of PR on COPD exacerbation rates.

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