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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Direct Primary Care Gains Traction

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Is there such a thing as a "stress-free" way to practice medicine?  Not really.  But many primary care physicians are rediscovering the joy of practicing medicine by shifting from the stress-filled fee-for-service model to the more relaxed pace of direct primary care.  In its purest form, direct primary care cuts out…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Be Wary of FDA-Designated “Breakthrough” Drugs

By: Dr. Ken Teufel When the FDA says a new drug is a "breakthrough," does that mean it's clearly better than what's already out there? Since 2012, the FDA has been empowered by Congress to label a drug as a "breakthrough therapy" if preliminary clinical evidence suggests it has an advantage over existing options.  Since…
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Top 5 Reasons to be a Locum Tenens Physician (Infographic)

Considered working locum tenens but still not sure if it’s the right fit for you? Check out the infographic below to see the top five benefits of working locum tenens. Then, visit Interim Physicians' Locum Tenens Jobs page to find your perfect assignment, or call 800-226-6347 to speak with a skilled physician recruiter.
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: First Ever Guidelines Issued for Prescribing Opioids

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Think twice before writing that prescription for a pain-relieving opioid. That's the clear, strong message from the CDC in its attempt to curb the growing "epidemic" of pain killer abuse and opioid-related deaths. According to CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., sales of opioids such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet have quadrupled since…
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A Powerful Tax Strategy for Freelance Physicians

By: Peter Thoms Doctors who earn self-employment income by working freelance are in a great position to save a large amount on taxes in 2016 by establishing an IRS-approved qualified retirement plan called a small business defined benefit plan before December 31, 2016. So what is a defined benefit plan and why is contributing to one such an effective…
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Working in Retirement: Myths vs. Reality (Infographic)

As a physician, being a doctor is “who you are.” As retirement nears, it’s often difficult to walk away from such an important part of your personal identity. Because of this, many soon-to-be retired or semi-retired physicians hang onto their stethoscopes longer and work well past the traditional retirement age of 65. What if you’d…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: 1% of Physicians Responsible for 32% of Paid Malpractice Claims

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Approximately 1% of all physicians account for 32% of paid malpractice claims (New England Journal of Medicine, January 28, 2016).  Using the National Practitioner Data Bank as their resource, Stanford medical law expert David M. Studdert and his colleagues concluded that "a small number of physicians with distinctive characteristics accounted for…
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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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