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National Health Center Week 2015: Health Care for the Homeless

As we continue to celebrate National Health Center Week 2015 we specifically acknowledge Health Care for the Homeless (HCH). National Health Center Week recognizes and celebrates the opportunities that Health Centers provide, while Health Care for the Homeless Day specifically celebrates HCH Projects. Annually, Health Centers serve over 20 million people nationally, and work hard…
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Bedside Manner: Why It’s Important and How You Can Improve

Many would agree that etiquette is arguably one of the most vital factors in establishing a successful healthcare career. This field involves many personal interactions with a variety of people, and in a medical setting, healthcare professionals can easily set the tone for interactions with both patients and visitors alike. Because they are constantly in…
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Back-To-School & the Need for Locum Tenens

It’s that time of years again: Back-to-school! Amongst the several things that come along preparing for the school year, scheduling a visit with a child’s primary doctor should be at the top of parents’ to-do lists. Most schools require back-to-school immunizations and physical examinations for school sports. For parents, these examinations can also help detect…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Are Americans Getting Too Much Medical Care?

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 …
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Is “Standardized” Care the New Standard of Care?

­ 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…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: On the Horizon: Complete Overhaul of Residency Training

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…
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4 Reasons To Work Locums In Rural America

For many residents, fellows, and practicing physicians, the glamor and convenience of "big city" living entice many to practice medicine in locations such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. However, although these cities are home to grandiose medical centers and multispecialty groups, medical opportunities are typically more competitive and scarcer. But little do many…
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Physician News: Changes to Maintenance of Certification

As of last January, physicians have faced new guidelines in regards to recertification in their medical specialties and subspecialties. Once required to take an exam every ten years, medical boards have requested that physicians test their skills and medical knowledge through a maintenance of certification, or MOC. Currently, requirements of the MOC include taking exams,…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: How Americans Choose Their Doctors: A New Study

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…
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