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You Can Call Us 'Sportsmedicine'

THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 25 - NO. 6 - JUNE 97


The vast majority of primary care physicians are tied in with managed care, either partially or completely. In this setting, when you see active patients who have rotator cuff tears, fevers, or other injuries or illnesses, they probably are not high school athletes or Olympic trainees, and you don't think of their problems as "sports medicine." Their managed care organization certainly doesn't, and you don't code their diagnosis that way.

That's OK. You are probably seeing more such patients under managed care than ever before because of the increased visits to primary physicians under many plans. And you are interested in activity-related medical problems or you wouldn't be reading this journal.

We don't intend to change our name to The Physician and Condition Management to impress the CEOs of managed care organizations. But we do want to remind our readers that, as usual, we're keeping them up to date on the practical care of active patients, whatever the buzzwords are at the moment.

Cordially,
Richard H. Strauss, MD
Editor-in-Chief

P.S. For help with those rotator cuff problems, turn to "Rotator Cuff Injury: Addressing Overhead Overuse." And for an unusual fever diagnosis, test yourself with our Imaging Quiz, "Fever of Undetermined Origin in a Soldier." You may need to deal with heat illness, or patients' questions about ergogenic nutrition sometime soon as well. And for those of you who do think of your work with active patients as "sports medicine," be sure to check out "Primary Care Sports Medicine in the Managed Care Environment: Coping in Today's Culture," for tips on how sports medicine physicians can manage managed care.


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