A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In early June I participated in ACP Services 2012 Leadership Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  I sincerely believe that we have an obligation to share our experiences with elected representatives. Internists through ACP have been doing this for years and have raised awareness of the high ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I will never forget asking my teenage son what appeared to be a simple question. His answer, after a long pause, was “It’s complicated.” If you ask many of us about health care in the U.S., there is often an answer that points quickly to a particular villain ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In preparation for a panel discussion at Internal Medicine 2012, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians, I was asked some questions about changes I would make in health care if I were king. That stimulated some serious thinking. For those of us in practice it is more usual to think about what new regulation ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women in the United States. Although the effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening in reducing deaths is supported by the available evidence, only about 60 percent of American adults aged 50 and older get screened. A new ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Many patients see multiple doctors and receive care in a variety of settings. Some patients receive care in more than one hospital. As an internist who is in the process of transforming into a patient-centered medical home, I have been taking steps to help my patients when they ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In 1998 I started a period of national service to the American College of Physicians leading to my term as President for 2010-2011. During that time I kept an almost full time private practice in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Moving between the worlds of health policy and "the trenches," I ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Up until 2001 I practiced medicine in the hospital where I was born. I still work in the hospital that was built to replace it. In our mobile society that is clearly the exception rather than the rule. I love what I am able to offer my patients as ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In April 2011 I finished seven years on the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP) including two years as Chair of the ACP Health and Public Policy Committee and serving during the last year as President. During that time I had the opportunity to ...

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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. It is easy to continue practice patterns we establish over the years. In my daily life as a general internist I am more likely to look for more information on a condition I don’t see regularly than on one that I see all the time. While we want ...

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