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The American College of Physicians is calling for either a single-payer system or a government-run public option. "This is huge!" according to contributor Trudy Lieberman.
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Physicians are often terrible at heeding their own advice. "Among a trio of lung specialists I once knew, only one was not a chain smoker himself," writes Dr. Monya De. How does this happen?
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Call it “Templatish," "Beancounterese," "Complyian," Rushian” or Vulcan, meeting performance measures, earning high quality scores and, yes, lawyer-proofing Electronic Health Records (EHRs) can have benefits for patients.

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For your Friday reading, here's what's not to miss in today's Daily Briefing.

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Dr. Kelly Acton is director of the Indian Health Service Diabetes Program. She has worked in the Indian Health Service for more than 20 years. In 1981, Dr. Acton earned her M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and in 1996, her M.P.H. from the University of Washington. She is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has worked on the Crow and Flathead Indian reservations in Montana and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina.

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Dr. Benjamin is a physician with over 20 years of experience in public policy development, management of health systems and clinical care. He is the former secretary of the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, former health commissioner (acting) and director of emergency medical services for the District of Columbia, former chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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Dr. Bernard Lo is a professor of medicine and director of the program in medical ethics at the University of Californa, San Francisco. He is national program director for the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics and a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) council. He serves on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee at National Institutes of Health, which reviews gene transfer protocols. From 1996 to 2001, he served as a member of the National Bioethics Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Alan Garber is the founding director of both the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University, where he is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor; a professor of medicine; and professor, by courtesy, of economics and of health research and policy. His research focuses on methods for improving health care delivery and financing, particularly for the elderly, in settings of limited resources.

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