Specialists who diagnose a patient with epilepsy, and send a note back to the internists
suggesting they start Tegretol.
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The report--which compiled results after surveying 838 primary care and specialty doctors throughout February and March--found that 51 percent of internists
and 53 percent of family physicians are not accepting new patients.
A group of physicians associated with Harrisburg Hospital at Penn State University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, conducted a survey of 78 internists
and 54 family physicians to determine compliance with medical practice.
In all, 52% of 414 internists
and 40% of 591 family physicians who responded to a mailed survey indicated that they would refer a patient with a suspicious pelvic mass directly to a gynecologic oncologist.
Requests for primary care doctors, defined as family physicians, internists
and pediatricians, increased 23 percent over the previous 12-month period examined in the survey.
Family practitioners prescribed penicillins most often, while internists
The quarterly title is being distributed to 25,000 cardiologists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, internists
and related health care professionals.
The Comprehensive Care Practice Improvement Module would allow as many as 180,000 internists
seeking to maintain ABIM board certification to send their performance data collected through that process to BTE and eventually to other payers.
Only 61% of the sample (which was made up of obstetrician-gynecologists, internists
, pediatricians and family practitioners) gave at least six correct answers, which the researchers considered the threshold marking "good knowledge.
But since productivity is a factor when individual physicians' salaries are being allotted (annual revenue per family doctor is now $36,000 higher than for internists
despite having started out $20,000 lower in 2003), the internists
too are earnestly dancing to the VMPS piper.
That means internists
and family-practice doctors keep three or four spots open each day.