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Dr. Ken's Corner: Doctors Outperform Computers In Diagnostic Accuracy

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Oct 26, 2016 1:59:18 PM

The scenario pitted 234 doctors against 23 online symptom checkers, websites, and apps that patients often use to come up with their own diagnosis.  Who won?  The doctors did, by a long-shot.

Harvard-based researchers presented the doctors and computers with 45 patient cases that included symptoms and history but no physical exam, lab tests, or imaging results.  Some of the cases were serious, others more benign—26 common and 19 uncommon conditions.  When it came to making a diagnosis based on symptoms and history alone, physicians were found to be far more accurate than computers.

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Topics: Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, Locum Tenens Daily, primary care

Why Should You Make Ohio Your Next Locum Tenens Destination?

Posted by Lauren Garvey on Jul 22, 2016 12:00:36 PM

Nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes Region, Ohio has it all. From its vibrant cities and breathtaking outdoors, to its several nationally-ranked medical schools and facilities, this locum tenens destination is quickly becoming the place to be for practicing physicians.

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Topics: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, interim physicians, locum tenens, locum tenens destination, Ohio, Our Blog, physician shortage, primary care, State Medical Board of Ohio, travel medicine, travel physician

Dr. Ken's Corner: Direct Primary Care Gains Traction

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on May 27, 2016 9:00:01 AM

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 the "middle man,"--the insurance industry--and eliminates the incentive to squeeze more patients into the workday. From 2005 to 2012, the number of doctors providing direct patient care has grown from a mere 146 to 4,400 (heritage.org).

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Topics: concierge medicine, direct primary care, DPC, Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, primary care, retainer medicine

Medical Schools: Friend or Foe of Primary Care?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jun 25, 2014 9:13:17 PM

"There's a crisis in primary care, probably much worse than most people realize," says Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Medicine (The New York Times, September 9, 2012). Interestingly enough, on the first day of medical school, almost half of U.S. students surveyed intend to go into primary care. Why is it then that fewer than 20 percent actually end up in a primary care field like family or general medicine? What changed their minds between year 1 and year 4 of medical school?

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Topics: debt, Dr. Ken's Corner, family practice, internal medicine, locum tenens, primary care, student loans

Is Solo Practice Dead?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 13, 2014 8:30:40 PM

Solo practitioners have read the obituary. And, just like Mark Twain, they have answered: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

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Topics: Dr. Ken's Corner, hospitalist, primary care, solo practice, solo practitioner

Independent Practices Losing More Ground

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Mar 13, 2014 4:46:53 PM

Driving this apparent trend is the Affordable Care Act. In order for hospitals to meet the ACA's requirements, hospital acquisition of independent physician practices is expected to grow by 71 percent over the next three years, according to Deloitte Consulting LLP. "Hospitals need to identify, employ, and align with the right physicians or risk being left behind." Physicians, for the most part, seem to be in favor of such arrangements as they seek a better work/life balance, something hard to achieve in independent practice. Also, most doctors say they are ill-prepared for the business-related demands of practicing independently, especially in today's health care environment.

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Topics: Dr. Ken's Corner, locum, locum tenens, primary care

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