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Health care reform, the patient-centered medical home, and the impact of environmental change on global health are just a few of the topics to be discussed at the Internal Medicine 2009 Medicine 2009 in Philadelphia this week.

Brian Goldman, MD knows how doctors talk. He also wants to talk.

What is the rationale for metabolic monitoring in serious mental illness? Take the quiz and learn more.

Answers from our coding expert on questions regarding Level 4 documentation and RN reimbursement.

No matter how you choose to communicate — view every single message you deliver as a piece of formal correspondence that will live on in perpetuity.

Preparing for the worst possible scenarios by maintaining legal documentation is the only way a medical group can be prepared to protect itself.

A major advance in epilepsy treatment may be found in the first direct brain responsive neurostimulator, and other top stories.

Prompt action by Alabama rheumatologists has caused Blue Cross Blue Shield to rethink a policy denying all claims for injections into knees with osteoarthritis. But a similar "ban" on hyaluronic acid in neighboring Florida takes effect today.

These endoscopic findings help explain worsening dysphagia in a 32-year-old man. Esophageal biopsies prove positive for eosinophilia. How would you proceed?

Coronary CT imaging may help clinicians identify patients with suspected angina who may go on to have myocardial infarction.

A major disconnect in psoriatic arthritis treatment: Assessment tools and guidelines largely ignore flares. But over half of patients in two new surveys report severe flares or completely unremitting disease. Both are linked to poor outcomes.

Jeffrey G. Jarvik, MD, MPH

Early imaging of older adults with new back pain does not improve disability outcomes.

ADHD lowers the quality of life in adults with epilepsy; epilepsy is associated with social deprivation and increased risk of venous thromboembolism: details of these recent findings in this slide show.

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It's possible to be reimbursed for a preventive visit and a problem-focused visit performed on the same day, but proper documentation and coding is critical.

Use of a certain form of bupivacaine for pain control after gynecological surgery reduced the amount of opioids needed and may reduce recovery time.

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A general overview of the fibrosis process discusses mechanisms and cell pathways in brief while focusing on clinical issues.

A switch to a second-line drug in a patient receiving first-line therapies likely will be effective at decreasing disease activity.

Exercise boosts both of these functions, regardless of race. Give your male patients more reasons to engage in this healthy behavior.

You can boost your payment stream significantly by using rejected claims as a learning opportunity. Here's how.

Think coding is hard now? ICD-10 will require far greater specificity and documentation. Here are two ways to start preparing.

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