Category Archives: Physician Careers

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: On Becoming a Doctorpreneur

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Not too long ago, doctors who became entrepreneurs got little respect from their medical colleagues.  After all, you went to medical school to learn how to take good care of patients and, in the end, you were awarded a medical degree, not an MBA. "Critics often note that profit motive tends to…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Does Defensive Medicine Reduce Malpractice Claims?

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Doctors are often criticized for practicing "defensive" medicine -- doing an excessive number of tests and procedures, or admitting patients to the hospital when it's not medically necessary -- "to cover myself in the event of a malpractice claim."  The sole purpose of defensive medicine is to reduce the likelihood of…
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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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Dr. Ken’s Corner: The 15 Minute Consult: A Catch-22

By: Dr. Ken Teufel With one eye on the clock and the other on the patient, a doctor hopes the patient will stick to the chief complaint and not bring out a “laundry list” of their health concerns.  Predictably, the 15 minute norm for patient consults can quickly turn into a “struggle for control” over the…
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The Love-Hate Relationship Between Hospitals and Locum Tenens

By: Dr. Robert Moghim Securing personnel for a hospital or managed care organization can be a difficult and involved process that takes months.  For many of the administrators of these medical organizations the stopgap solution for these vacancies is locum tenens staffing agencies which can provide the physicians, advanced practice providers or allied health professionals…
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What Your Patients Wish You Knew

With more emphasis being placed on patient-centered care, it is important that healthcare professionals be acclimated to the subtle factors that can affect a patient’s experience. All hospital staff, not just physicians, can be contributing agents. While they may seem minuscule, things like turning off disruptive TV monitors at night and avoiding late night blood…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Retraining and Re-entry: Now There’s An Idea

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Some would argue that there are enough practicing physicians in the United States --- 767,000 at last count.  They say the problem is twofold: (1) There aren't enough doctors in the right places, and (2) There aren't enough primary care physicians, especially family doctors. More than 50,000 additional family practitioners will…
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