acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. For this column, my 61st for the American College of Physicians (ACP), I thought it would be interesting to look back at the first 60 and review the trends and topics that inspired me to write 800 to 900 words every month. Rather ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. By the time you read this, Congress will be in session and hopefully not engaged in another watermelon spitting contest on health care (I’d use a urological metaphor, but there may be children in the room). If our Representatives and Senators choose to ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. In April, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a position paper titled Putting Patients First by Reducing Administrative Tasks in Health Care, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The paper, part of ACP’s Patients Before ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how physicians express condolences. This weekend, I attended calling hours to visit with the family of a recently deceased patient. As I drove back from the funeral home, I tried to recall when I started to attend my ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. For many years, I've wanted to visit Cuba. When travel restrictions to Cuba were relaxed a few years ago, I hoped that I would get there before the first Burger King opened in Havana. I had my chance in May, as a member ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. One thing about me that even my closest friends are unaware of is that I am a zombie fighter. Unlike the ones in video games, TV series, or movies, the zombies that I fight in my practice are prescriptions that won’t die. They ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Lately, I’ve been asking myself whether today’s patient is less able to self-manage minor illnesses than their parents or grandparents. That question was inspired by my review of notes from my patients’ visits with my nurse practitioners or to our after-hours clinic, as ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. One of the things that I dread the most about January 1 is that it’s the start of “prior authorization (PA) season” for prescription medications. It is time consuming and frustrating, plus it often jeopardizes patient safety and quality of care. A recent Viewpoint in the ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. When the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the other primary care societies introduced the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) over 10 years ago, the model was untested.  Here’s a look at how the PCMH recognition process has evolved and how my ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. If you are a primary care physician, chances are that you’ve had patients ask you to complete forms for work as part of their employer’s wellness program. Workplace wellness programs have been around for several years, but it seems that more of my patients have ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. When the Trump Administration takes office, health reform as we now know it will not go away, but it will take a different form. I don’t think the changes will be as easy as opponents of the Affordable Care Act make them appear to be. ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. It’s been several years since we transformed our practice into a patient-centered medical home and started to truly work as a team. As I’ve written before, working as a team is one of the biggest reasons for my practice satisfaction increasing ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. It made the rounds on social media this winter: a photo of a coffee mug with the words “Please Do Not Confuse Your Google Search With My Medical Degree.” Colleagues shared and retweeted it, feeling a sense of vindication. I have to admit that I ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. This September, I reached a milestone, the tenth anniversary of my electronic health record (EHR) “go live.” Note that I did not write “I celebrated my tenth anniversary,” because while the event was the most disruptive change in over 25 years of practice, the word ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. This will not be another article focused on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Everyone else is writing about that. (But I can’t promise that I won’t mention MIPS at all.) Hopefully, by now, most of you ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. A couple of months ago I received a Facebook invitation to “like” a page. That was not unusual, and usually the pages are on silly or obscure topics, but this page was different. The name of the page was New Kidney for Stu. Stuart ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. “Before we end the meeting, I would like to thank our staff, without whom none of this would have been possible …” I can’t count how many times I said that or something similar when I was the American College of Physicians’ (ACP) Rhode Island ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. When I accepted the invitation to write this monthly column for the American College of Physicians (ACP), I assumed it would be a one-year assignment. Even so, I wondered if I could come up with a different topic each month. Now, over 40 columns and ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. If the old adage “the pen is mightier than the sword” is true, then the doctor’s note is the most powerful weapon around. When I entered practice over 25 years ago, I wrote notes when people were too sick or injured to work, or to verify ...

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acp new logoA guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD.com. More than ever before, patients are receiving laboratory test results, with some of their numbers in bold or with “H”s or “L”s next to them. In some cases they’re getting them straight from the lab, in accordance with federal regulations. If not from ...

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