March 2017

Amid a thicket of competing and sometimes conflicting studies, medical groups have adopted differing

Details debated in breast screening

Amid a thicket of competing and sometimes conflicting studies about breast cancer screening, medical groups have adopted differing stances on how to address the conundrum of harms versus benefits.

Managing medication adherence

That most nonadherent patients are willfully rejecting doctors' orders might seem shocking. But physicians have to accept it in order to encourage patients to accept their advice. Digital health tools may offer potential aids in solving matters of adherence.

8 ways that members can guide College activities

ACP's members can meet the challenges of today's world by becoming more involved in their local chapters, serving on national committees, or running for leadership positions within the national organization.

‘Facts are stubborn things' and are needed more than ever

ACP advocacy is based on the premise that public policy positions that are well supported by facts and evidence will be more persuasive and have greater acceptance.

For med students, when does follow-up cross the line?

Medical students are using electronic health records to virtually follow up on patients' outcomes. While it's meant as a way of improving care and learning, it can be interpreted as a violation of patient privacy.

What to expect when volunteering in war-torn regions

A new training program simulates a humanitarian crisis and teaches physicians how to determine basic living needs and the health care infrastructure required to meet them.

Setting goals to improve quality under MIPS

Five principles frequently define successful individual and organizational goal-setting and achievement. They can be applied as physicians convert to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, which will have a dramatic impact on future Medicare reimbursements.

More debate about mammography

This issue covers the debate about breast cancer screening, medication adherence, and the ethics of students who follow up on patients by using the electronic medical record.

Warning about cybersecurity; constipation drug approved

This column reviews details on recent recalls, warnings, and approvals.

Quality reporting offers ‘pick your pace’ participation

A “pick your pace” option for quality reporting under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 will give internists a chance to ease into the new payment system by choosing their levels of participation.

MKSAP Quiz: Evaluated in the ED after a fall

A 66-year-old man is evaluated in the emergency department following a fall 3 days ago, when he struck the right side of his chest against a table. Since that time he has experienced right-sided pleuritic chest pain and difficulty taking a deep breath. Following a physical exam, oxygen saturation, and lab studies, what is the most likely diagnosis?

Officers and Regents election results announced

The election of Officers and Regents will become effective at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting at Internal Medicine Meeting 2017 in San Diego.

Chapter awardees

In recognition of their outstanding service, these exceptional individuals received chapter awards in the winter of 2016.