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.
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.
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.
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).
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.