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MediGain Blog

Practicing medicine is a rewarding career, but it comes with a high risk of burnout. According to Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and the director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the University of North Carolina Center for Women's Mood Disorders, half of all physicians in practice experience burnout, Becker's Hospital Review reported. Elements of physicians' work that lead to burnout include loss of control and autonomy, demands of computer documentation, intensity of workload and a decrease in face-to-face contact with patients.

The desire to provide quality patient care and the desire to make a good living as a physician can be served by the same initiatives. There are even tools available that can support both objectives at once. Physician-led practices can obtain business intelligence from practice management software that significantly eases the burdens of data keeping and analysis, allowing physicians to take concrete action on important areas of their businesses. Additionally, this software can improve both financial and patient-care outcomes through analysis condensed into actionable insight.

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many Americans who have been uninsured for years will be able to access care. However, they are likely to find primary care is difficult to secure. There has been a shortage of primary care practices in the U.S. for some time, and it will only be exacerbated by the influx of patients the ACA will bring. According to a study conducted by NerdWallet Health, primary care physicians see more patients daily than any other specialty, and have less time with each patient. This problem might only get worse when all Americans are insured.

The cost of health care is an area of great concern for everyone, from administrators to patients. As an article in The Atlantic states, it seems inevitable that reimbursement will change from a fee-for-service model to a value-based care system, paying more for care of higher quality. Physicians have reservations about this reform in medical billing.