By: Dr. Ken Teufel Evidence shows that patients who have had end-of-life discussions with their physicians are more likely to die at home or in a comfortable setting, instead of in a hospital intensive care unit. Not only is this seen as a kinder, gentler way to die, it's a lot less expensive than being…Read more
About: Ken Teufel
Dr. Ken Teufel is the medical director at Interim Physicians, a pioneer locum tenens physician staffing firm based in St. Louis, MO that has provided quality physician coverage to hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities since 1979.
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By: Dr. Ken Teufel With one eye on the clock and the other on the patient, a doctor hopes the patient will stick to the chief complaint and not bring out a “laundry list” of their health concerns. Predictably, the 15 minute norm for patient consults can quickly turn into a “struggle for control” over the…Read more
By: Dr. Ken Teufel Some would argue that there are enough practicing physicians in the United States --- 767,000 at last count. They say the problem is twofold: (1) There aren't enough doctors in the right places, and (2) There aren't enough primary care physicians, especially family doctors. More than 50,000 additional family practitioners will…Read more
By: Dr. Ken Teufel Not to be confused with urgent care clinics, the doors to free standing emergency rooms are open around-the-clock and are expected to provide the same level of care as a hospital-based emergency room. Staffed and equipped to take care of bona fide emergencies, from major trauma to heart attacks and strokes,…Read more
By:Dr. Ken Teufel It's a perennial question with vocal advocates on both sides: Should your patients have access to the notes you make in their medical records? It's based, in part, on the idea that better-informed patients will take better care of themselves, that the doctor-patient relationship should be less paternalistic, more of a partnership. …Read more
By. Dr. Ken Teufel Nearly one-half of primary care physicians say their patients receive too much medical care. Only 6% say they are receiving too little. This is according to a random sampling of 627 practicing physicians published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Doctors themselves admit that there's way too much testing and overly …Read more
By: Dr. Ken Teufel We all know that practicing defensive medicine is commonplace. “Overtesting” — doing unnecessary lab work and other diagnostic studies (some invasive) — is justified as a way to stay out of the court room. In some cases, physicians are simply bending to “what the patient wants done.” To counteract test…Read more
By. Dr. Ken Teufel Teaching hospitals have been put on notice: The time has come to close the open checkbook. The federal government, mostly through the Medicare program, currently pays hospitals $11 billion a year to train interns and residents. The states contribute another $4 billion through the Medicaid program. “The scale of government support…Read more
By: Dr. Ken Teufel Online ratings of physician quality have less influence than we may have thought, according to a recent national survey. When it comes to choosing a personal physician, two-thirds of Americans say they turn to friends or family for recommendations. A “good bedside manner” outweighs “competence” two to one as the most…Read more
By: Dr. Ken Teufel Rarely does one hear of a physician taking “early retirement.” In fact, many physicians continue working well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Being a doctor is “who they are,” and it’s hard to walk away from that part of their personal identity. But this is only part of the…Read more
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