Category Archives: In the News

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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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Errors In Diagnosis Way Too Common, Report Says

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Most Americans will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (September 22, 2015).  "Diagnostic errors have been largely unappreciated," says report chair Dr. John Ball of the American College of Physicians.  "The stereotype of a single physician contemplating a patient…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Is Health Care By Appointment in Jeopardy?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Patients seem to be fed up with having to adapt their own schedules to fit in with what's convenient for the doctor.  "Cost-conscious patients facing higher health plan deductibles have helped make walk-in clinics one of the fastest-growing sectors in the health care market.  With no appointments required and most insurance…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Medicare to Pay for End-of-Life Discussions

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…
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Predicting Growth in Healthcare Staffing Segments

By: Jim Chandler, President & CFO, Onyx M.D. The medical staffing industry has experienced robust growth since the 1970’s, and this pace has only strengthened in recent years.  According to Staffing Industry Analysts, the healthcare staffing market grew by six percent in 2014 and is expected to exceed seven percent growth in 2015 to reach…
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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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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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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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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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