Jerome Groopman, FACP and Pamela Hartzband, FACP review two cases where a patient's use of key words led to anchoring errors in diagnosing an abdominal aortic aneurism and a classic case of intermittent claudication.
A reader debates how health care providers handle life-saving medical treatment despite no hope for recovery.
Clinical research at community hospitals in collaboration with academic medical facilities is gaining traction around the U.S.
Billing for interactions with a patient’s family or other caregiver More than 44 million Americans care for an adult family member or friend. Physicians often will discuss the care of a patient with the patient’s caregivers, and may be able to bill for these interactions.
Kennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. used a manufacturing concept called Lean to identify wasted steps in the delivery of care. The result: decreased wait times and more efficiency in a new emergency department.
Podcast engages medical bloggers in virtual talk show Doctor Anonymous’s weekly live podcast interviews well-known medical bloggers in an interactive talk show, including call in with questions and an instant-message in a chatroom while the show is live.
The staff of and update our blog daily with news about medical research and practice management, as well as onsite coverage of major medical conferences. On the lighter side, our “Medical news of the obvious” each Monday points out studies that fail to pass the “so what?” test. Read a sampling of posts that appeared on the blog over the past month.
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys showed substantial increases in overweight among adults since 1980, primarily reflecting an increase in the percentage of adults 20–74 years of age who are obese[PDF].
Recalls for heart pumps, intrathecal catheters, dextroamphetamine sulfate
Mark R. Chassin, FACP, outlines his role as President of The Joint Commission.
Measure of the month: stroke and stroke rehabilitation
ACP's LEAD program (Leadership Enhancement and Development) grew out of the realization that training physicians in leadership skills would benefit both physicians and the College. ACP Hospitalist talked to Erik Wallace, FACP, who led the inaugural LEAD precourse at Internal Medicine 2008.