Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Recommendations for Cognitive Screening from the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association has published new guidelines to provide primary care physicians with guidance on cognitive assessment during an annual wellness visit. An expert workgroup assembled by the association, offers new comprehensive guidance on how to assess for cognitive impairment … Continue reading

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Major Changes to CPT Codes for Psychiatry in 2013

Effective January 1, 2013, major changes to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)—the AMA codes used for billing and documentation for all insurers will take place. Five areas of the psychiatric codes section are being modified or eliminated. Changes to the current … Continue reading

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Nature Nurtures Creativity Without Electronic Devices

Adults and children have been spending more time interacting with media and technology and less time participating in activities in nature. There are ramifications of such a  life-style change not only for our physical well-being, but what impact does this … Continue reading

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Primary Care Physicians Play Vital Role in Caring for Diabetes Patients

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has brought to light the importance of the role of a primary care physician in a population of diabetes patients.  Their findings are published current issue of Diabetes Care. Researchers evaluated more than … Continue reading

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An Empathetic Doctor Can Increase A Patient’s Pain Tolerance

Clinicians are taught as part of their medical training that the therapeutic relationship is an important component of treatment and that reassurance, empathy and compassionate care are valuable elements in improving medical outcomes. A recent study published in the journal … Continue reading

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