A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. The election year has finally arrived. Even though the candidates have been on the trail for what seems like forever, I wanted to wait until the traditional time to announce the launch of my campaign. Don’t worry, I’m not running for office. My campaign is an initiative to get us to start talking about the “quadruple aim” ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In December, I concluded a 13-year term on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI). RIQI was formed in 2001 to “to significantly improve the quality, safety, and value of health care in Rhode Island.” For much of its ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Recently, I rummaged through some old files to throw out things I did not need. While marveling at how we stored documents back in the 20th century (and how little of what I saved I ever used), I came across a couple of interesting items. ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. By now, all of you are waist-deep in ICD-10. So far, in my practice it hasn’t been the alphanumeric Armageddon that many feared, but I will reserve final judgment until we’ve gotten through a few billing cycles. Even if it goes the way of “Y2K” ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. When I entered practice over 25 years ago, planning for influenza vaccination season was straightforward. Every late spring, we looked at how many doses we gave out the previous year, added a few doses, ordered the vaccine, and immunized our patients in the fall. If ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I love pre-visit planning. OK, “love” may be too strong a word -- I like pre-visit planning. Pre-visit planning isn’t new. Many of you have done it for years, even before it had a name, for example when pre-ordering labs before a visit. I did not begin ...

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shutterstock_206417596 acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In the spring of 2009, I represented the American College of Physicians (ACP) at a meeting in Washington of health policy experts discussing payment reform. When I arrived at the cocktail reception the night before the meeting, a ...

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shutterstock_126288149 acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. A few weeks ago, my partners and I held a “going away” dinner for one of our partners who retired in late March. It was a great evening. We reminisced, discussed how medicine has changed over the ...

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shutterstock_135157130 acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Last month, I shared my take on the mess that we find ourselves in with our electronic health records (EHRs) and referred to the recently published ACP position paper on clinical documentation. The paper includes ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. So far, 2015 has been a busy year for reflecting on the use of electronic health records (EHRs). CMS just released its proposed rules for meaningful use stage 3. One might say that “MU 3” supports the belief that the sequel is never as good ...

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