Monthly Archives: January 2016

How the Stark Law Could Affect the Locum Tenens Market

By: Dr. Robert Moghim As part of the 1989 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, the Stark I provision barred physicians from making referrals which enriched themselves. Originally pertaining to clinical laboratory services, the Stark Law has been expanded over the years to include many other services. In 1993, Congress formally broadened this law through the Stark…
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Travel? It’s All Taken Care Of

By: Robbyn Davis Smooth travel arrangements can make the difference between a good experience and a bad one for locum tenens professionals on assignment. I work with a 49-year-old locum tenens physician who prefers one leading hotel chain over another for one reason: It provides feather pillows, and he insists on them. Though he often…
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Becoming a Doctorpreneur

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Not too long ago, doctors who became entrepreneurs got little respect from their medical colleagues.  After all, you went to medical school to learn how to take good care of patients and, in the end, you were awarded a medical degree, not an MBA. "Critics often note that profit motive tends to…
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Does Defensive Medicine Reduce Malpractice Claims?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Doctors are often criticized for practicing "defensive" medicine -- doing an excessive number of tests and procedures, or admitting patients to the hospital when it's not medically necessary -- "to cover myself in the event of a malpractice claim."  The sole purpose of defensive medicine is to reduce the likelihood of…
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