Healthcare Industry Trends Affecting Physicians and Their Practices

 

The Physicians Foundation researches and maps the key trends and changes facing physician and their practices in order to help them deliver quality care to their patients. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, the Foundation is finding that many physicians feel immense pressure to leave their current practice setting and either move into larger groups or to become employed by hospital systems. These types of trends are critical to understand as shifts in employment settings and practice trends will play a substantial role in shaping the future of healthcare delivery in America.

 

Research and Analysis of Physician Practice Trends

 

A core pillar of the Foundation is to identify and explore macro physician practice trends, forecast the changes and deliver analyses to help guide physicians toward a sustainable future for themselves and the healthcare industry as a whole.

Board member, Russell Libby, MD, shared a presentation on behalf of the Physicians Foundation at American Associaton of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) 2016 Annual Conference. He focused on the Foundation's mission to build greater awareness of trending physician practice issues such as physician burnout and shortages.

In a slideshow published by Physicians Practice, Dr. Ray comments on the issues that will affect physicians in 2016.

Dr. Walker Ray, President of the Foundation, and Tim Norbeck, CEO of the Foundation discuss the 2016 patient survey finding that finances pose the greatest obstacle to patients receiving adequate healthcare on the Physicians Foundation Forbes channel.

Every two years, the Physicians Foundation conducts a national survey of physicians to provide policy makers, healthcare influencers, media and other stakeholders insights into the state of the medical profession and the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system.  The 2014 survey polled more than 20,000 physicians on a range of issues, including professional morale, doctor shortages, Medicare / Medicaid...

10 Regulatory Irritants Driving Physicians Out of Independent Medical Practices With nearly 125,000 pages worth of Medicare regulations governing the U.S. healthcare system, physicians are confronted with overwhelming regulatory burdens that continue to erode their practice of medicine. A new white paper commissioned by The Physicians Foundation titled, “The Unintended Consequences of Regulation: How Federal Initiatives are Driving Physicians Out...

The Physicians Foundation released the third installment in a series of comprehensive research reports regarding the ongoing regulatory changes affecting private practice. The report, titled “Healthcare Highway: Crossing the Election Divide,” provides an overview of ACA implementation and physician-focused policies, including: Medicare physician fee schedule and the sustainable growth rate Value-based payments and quality ACO growth and Medicare...

White Paper on Expanding Scope of Practice for Non-Physician Providers and Implications for Patients and U.S. Healthcare System The Physicians Foundation released a new white paper by Stephen Isaacs and Paul Jellinek titled, “Accept No Substitute: A Report on Scope of Practice,” that examines the growing trend to expand scope of practice for non-physician providers.  A...

The Physicians Foundation conducted one of the largest physician surveys ever undertaken in the U.S. to provide doctors with a clear voice on the most pressing issues facing our nation regarding the delivery of healthcare. The survey examines physician morale, practice patterns, patient accessibility and career plans. Comprehensive Survey of 13,575 U.S. Physicians Points Toward Substantial Challenges for Patient...

A white paper was created for the Physicians Foundation by Jeff Goldsmith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences University of Virginia, in order to define the current state of medical practice and forecast possible future strategies to ensure vital and responsive physician services in the U.S. Read the report here.

The Physicians Foundation identified five key healthcare industry issues and areas that will impact the practice of medicine in the year ahead. Read the full press release here.

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