Category Archives: Healthcare Reform

Dr. Ken’s Corner: Is the Free Standing ER a Good Thing?

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,…
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High Out-of-Pocket Costs Create Difficult Conversations

As patients bear more financial responsibility for their medical bills, the issue of cost and necessity are things that patients are demanding answers to. With roughly half of bills sent to collections being medical debt related, these concerns are not unwarranted, and patient’s cost sensitivity has raised concern for doctors as well. Pushing millions of…
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DIY Health Care

Mobile health apps are increasingly becoming a regular part of care, and a number of clinicians believe that mobile apps will become essential for patient health management in the years to come. In response to the public’s ever-growing desire for convenience, technology companies are creating intuitive mobile medical devices and smartphone apps that have the…
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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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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: Doors Closing to Drug Reps

By. Dr. Ken Teufel Drug reps are worried. For good reason. In 2013, 45% of U.S. physicians limited pharmaceutical drug reps’ access to their offices, according to sales and marketing consultant ZS Associates. This is up from 35% in 2012 and 23% in 2008.  For a variety of reasons, this trend is likely to continue:…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Independent Practices Losing More Ground

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Driving this apparent trend is the Affordable Care Act. In order for hospitals to meet the ACA’s requirements, hospital acquisition of independent physician practices is expected to grow by 71 percent over the next three years, according to Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Hospitals need to identify, employ, and align with the right…
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Physician News: Changes in Certification

Doctors are practicing medicine in a rapidly evolving world. As medical technology advances and health care transparency and values-based care become the forefront of the healthcare industry, doctors face new guidelines and stipulations in regards to certification. Within the last few years, medical boards have evaluated doctors’ medical competency and knowledge of trending technology. Years…
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Trending: Emergency Waiting Rooms Become New Insurance Marketplace

Extreme costs, long reimbursement delays and high administrative burdens due to hefty Medicare cuts are generating a large increase in patients visiting Emergency Department waiting rooms. With a surge in Medicare, Medicaid, and uninsured patients, Emergency Department waiting rooms are becoming the trending health insurance marketplace for new Obamacare customers.   The "Get Covered" campaign is…
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