Category Archives: In the News

What Does the New POTUS Mean for Healthcare?

Donald Trump has been very vocal about his views on the Affordable Care Act and the state of healthcare in the United States, quoted saying, “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” So on this day of inauguration, we ask, what will the…
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Are Women Superior in Medicine?

This is what one Harvard study is claiming, to the tune of thousands of fewer Americans dying every year if male physicians were as adept as females. According to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that within 30 days of arriving at the hospital, rates of death and re-admission for Medicare patients were significantly…
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Telehealth Continues to Grow in 2017

In the past few years, we have seen the popularity of telehealth continue to rise, and it is predicted that this popularity will continue to grow as we enter the new year. Telehealth consists of technologies and methods that deliver virtual medical, health, and education services, and allows for doctors to do things like treat patients…
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Top 10 KevinMD Posts from 2016

Happy New Year to all of our readers! Before we jump into 2017, we first want to take a look back a some of the most popular healthcare news that happened in 2016. The opioid epidemic, tackling burnout, and how laughter really is be the best medicine were just a few hot topics of the year…
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Tackling Physician Burnout at Its Root

Burnout is not something that is new or unique among physicians. In a 2011 survey by the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic, 45% of surveyed physicians met criteria for burnout. That number jumped to 55% in 2014 during a follow-up survey. When looking at burnout by specialty, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, and Internal…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Overuse of Prescription Drugs a Growing Danger for Aging Americans

While prescription medications can provide relief to patients in pain, they can also lead to unintended consequences resulting from accidental misuse. Elderly patients are especially susceptible to this. Often seen by several providers, elderly patients can end up taking over a dozen prescribed medications a day, raising their chances of dangerous drug interactions and side…
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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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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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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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