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Dr. Ken's Corner: Doctors Express Mixed Feelings About Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Apr 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM

The potential impact of computer-driven artificial intelligence has divided the physician community into two camps: those who are fearful of AI and those who embrace it.  Many mid-career physicians say AI presents a grave risk to preserving the time-honored doctor-patient relationship.  On the other hand, newly minted physicians have grown up using computer-driven information and are more likely to accept AI as an exciting and "fun" way to practice medicine.

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Topics: doctor-patient relationship, artificial intelligence, AI

Have you laughed today? Why humor is imperative for physicians (and patients, too).

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Apr 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

When was the last time you had a good laugh?

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Topics: physician burnout, National Humor Month

Dr. Ken's Corner: Battle Brewing Over Ban on Physician-Owned Hospitals

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM

In 2010, physician-owned hospitals experienced a major setback.  That's when the Affordable Care Act banned the construction of new physician-owned hospitals and restricted the expansion of existing POH facilities.  Recently the debate over the pros and cons of POHs resurfaced with the introduction of House and Senate bills calling for a repeal of the ban.

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Topics: AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, POH, physician owned hospitals

EMRs: a skill that can help you land future assignments

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Mar 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Every new locum tenens assignment is an opportunity to learn something new. You embrace facility culture, familiarize yourself with different processes, and, yes, learn new electronic medical record (EMR) software.

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Topics: electronic medical record, EMR

Dr. Ken's Corner: U.S. Life Expectancy Takes Another Alarming Drop

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Feb 21, 2018 11:45:00 AM

For the second straight year, U.S. life expectancy has fallen, according to a CDC report on 2016 data released in December 2017.  An American born today can expect to live to 78.6 years, a decrease of about a month when compared to 2015.  "It may not sound like much, but the alarming story is not the amount of the decrease but that the increase has ended," according to Steven Woolf at Virginia Commonwealth University.  "In 1960, the U.S. had the highest life expectancy in the world.  It's lost ground to other industrialized nations ever since" (USA TODAY, Feb. 8, 2018).

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Topics: Dr. Ken Teufel, Dr. Ken's Corner, life expectancy, opioid epidemic

It’s American Heart Month and We’re Serving up Healthcare with Heart

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Feb 14, 2018 12:00:00 PM

 

As a physician, the desire to help others is inherent. That’s why locum tenens is an easy career choice. Locum tenens doctors help underserved patients by stepping in when they’re needed most. Whether physicians service in a rural farm community, low-income district, or urban location, locum tenens provides access to care where it might not otherwise exist, so patients will receiv  the high-quality care they depend on. In fact, more than 20 million people will see a doctor this year thanks to locum tenens.
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Topics: healthcare, patient care, American Heart Month

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