Frontcover.jpgNovember-December 2014 | Volume 97 | Issue 11

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Table of Contents


ON THE COVER

The prior authorization burden 
The process is frustrating, time-consuming and costly.
BY HOWARD BELL


FEATURES

On Ebola watch 
A conversation with Minnesota’s top disease-trackers.
INTERVIEW BY CARMEN PEOTA

Perceptions of pain 
Cultural differences add to the challenge of treating patients’ pain.
BY SUZY FRISCH


MEDLAW

M.D.s and marijuana 
What you need to know about Minnesota’s medical cannabis law
BY KEVIN C. RIACH, J.D.

When hybrid records cause harm 
How to avoid putting yourself at risk when making the switch to an EHR.
BY TRISH LUGTU, B.S., CPHIMS, CHP


CLINICAL AND HEALTH AFFAIRS

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children: More than a Bad Night’s Sleep
BY YOSEF WEXLER, M.D.

2014 Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Poster Competition Winners
 

EDITOR'S NOTE

The certainty of uncertainty
Learning to act without ironclad assurance is perhaps the cardinal lesson in the art of medicine.
BY CHARLES R. MEYER, M.D.
 
Letters to the Editor

Pulse
Physicians’ biennial check-up

The Physician Advocate
The MMA's monthly report on policy, people and politics
Meet the MMA’s new president, news briefs, President Don Jacobs on working together


PERSPECTIVE

A fateful winter’s night 
Sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing.
BY ABBY GARDNER, M.D.

Leslie’s story 
When there is nothing more to be done, a physician offers compassion and wonders whether it was enough.
BY ANDREA WESTBY, M.D.

Reluctant reflections 
An oncologist’s take on how physician and patient burnout might be prevented
BY WILLIAM SHIMP, M.D.


END NOTE

Blood on my pearls 
A POEM BY ELIZABETH HALLER