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Regular NSAID use may block aspirin’s benefits: heart attack prevention

Regular NSAID use may block aspirin’s benefits: heart attack prevention – Clinical Rounds Heidi Splete Adults taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain plus aspirin to prevent heart attacks may risk losing their heart protection. Men who took NSAIDs at least 60 days per year plus aspirin every other day had more than twice the risk […]

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AMA’s critics unmoved by offer of free CPT code searches

AMA’s critics unmoved by offer of free CPT code searches – Exclusive Rights Under Fire Joyce Frieden Since February, the American Medical Association has been offering free searches of its online CPT coding manual, including listings of the amounts paid by Medicare for each service, to anyone who fills out its online registration form. Users […]

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Exercise – Women’s Health Adviser

Exercise – Women’s Health Adviser Michele G. Sullivan Exercise can never be too little or too late. Older women, especially those with sedentary lifestyles, may be surprised to hear that, but the facts are indisputable: Regardless of a woman’s age or health status, exercise reaps a host of physical, mental, and psychosocial benefits. In fact, […]

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Bp well controlled before pregnancy: consider Tx of mild/moderate HT in pregnancy

Bp well controlled before pregnancy: consider Tx of mild/moderate HT in pregnancy Sherry Boschert SAN FRANCISCO — If mild to moderate hypertension is well controlled by medical therapy at the time of conception, consider continuing treatment throughout pregnancy. Dr. Mari-Paule Thiet said at a meeting on antepartum and intrapartum management sponsored by the University of […]

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Motivate office staff with competition, prizes: collection pearls

Motivate office staff with competition, prizes: collection pearls – Practice Trends Joyce Frieden NEW ORLEANS — Want to increase the number of copayments your office collects? Looking for ways to increase revenue? Motivate your staff by using competition and awards, Dr. George C. Xakellis Jr. suggested. “One doctor had prizes for the person who collected […]

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Physician depression

Physician depression – Policy & Practice Mary Ellen Schneider Physicians may not be seeking help for mental health problems, in part because of a fear of professional discrimination, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The group convened a workshop of experts in October 2002 and recently published a consensus statement outlining recommendations for […]

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Moving target: infusion payments could shift care to hospitals

Moving target: infusion payments could shift care to hospitals Mary Ellen Schneider WASHINGTON — Now that Medicare’s complex overhaul of payment for in-office infusions is underway, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ought to study the impact of those changes, physicians said at a meeting of the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council, an independent panel […]

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Drug update: lipid modification for secondary prevention of coronary events

Drug update: lipid modification for secondary prevention of coronary events Mitchel L. Zoler Mitchel L. Zoler, editor Bruce Jancin, writer Current consensus is that virtually everyone with known coronary disease ought to be on an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, regardless of LDL cholesterol level. These well-studied drugs, commonly known as statins, cut risk by lowering LDL […]

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Medicare reform includes 2-year fee schedule fix: permanent solution still needed: prescription drug benefit to launch in 2006

Medicare reform includes 2-year fee schedule fix: permanent solution still needed: prescription drug benefit to launch in 2006 – News Jennifer Silverman WASHINGTON — Physicians have 2 more years to lobby for a permanent legislative fix to Medicare’s flawed reimbursement formula. The historic $400 billion Medicare overhaul/prescription drug bill (H.R. 1) blocked a projected 4.5% […]

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Identifies candidates for treatment: CSF analysis yields clues to severe preeclampsia

Identifies candidates for treatment: CSF analysis yields clues to severe preeclampsia Sharon Worcester FT. MYERS, FLA. — Proteomic analysis of cerebrospinal fluid is useful for identifying biomarkers of severe preeclampsia, a study suggests. The technology could help identify candidates for treatment, Dr. Errol R. Norwitz of Yale-New Haven Hospital reported at the annual meeting of […]