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In 1999, a step to move towards the concept of Professionalism was taken by the ABIM, ACP-ASIM and AAMC, with the recommendation to include the attributes of a medical doctor described at the 1998 MSOP in the medical curriculum.
Robert Doherty; ACP-ASIM's senior vice president for governmental affairs and public policy, emphasized that the findings are preliminary and that the survey should not be viewed as a scientific study Still, "we believe it is representative of what doctors are doing," he said.
Robert Doherty, ACP-ASIM's senior vice president for governmental affairs and public policy emphasized that the findings are preliminary and that the survey should not be viewed as a scientific study Still, "we believe it is representative of what doctors are doing," he said.
The ACP-ASIM guidelines list NSAIDs--including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen--as the first-line treatment for a patient with migraine headaches.
and ACP-ASIM president, said, "Some of the most important information will be derived from reports of 'near misses,' those events that do not result in harm to the patient, but could contribute significantly to the prevention of avoidable injuries or death in the future."
The ACP-ASIM acknowledged that there were physicians "with thoughtful arguments" who support legalization.
Caroline Albert, a spokeswoman for ACP-ASIM, said Care Choices is instituting the policy only in a small service area in western Michigan--Care Choices serves 22 counties in Michigan--but the physicians' group is concerned the HMO may try to expand the practice.
"Any reforms which are ultimately enacted must work to avoid an erosion of the guarantee that all elderly and disabled Americans, regardless of income, will have access to affordable health care coverage," says ACP-ASIM President Whitney Addington, M.D.
At least half a dozen surveys show that Medicare access for patients is deteriorating, ACP-ASIM representatives said.
In ACP-ASIM's estimation, these steps would make coverage available to more than one-third of the uninsured population.
While AAP and ACP-ASIM acknowledge that incremental expansion of health care coverage is desirable, "the ultimate goal is to ensure that every American has health insurance," Dr.
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