Providing Physicians with Critical Resources to Navigate Health System Reform

 

The Physicians Foundation provides physicians with critical resources to help them understand how the legislative changes associated with healthcare reform will directly impact their practice of medicine – and what this means to success in today’s changing environment. Past surveys conducted by The Foundation reveal a deep sense of frustration, stress and anxiety among physicians in the midst of health policy reform. Our goal is to not only assess the impact of healthcare reform on physicians, but to help doctors navigate current health policy legislation in actionable terms.

 

Impact of Healthcare Reform on Physicians

 

Recent health policy legislation is one key driver of growing dissatisfaction and sagging morale among America’s physicians. One specific example of legislative angst is the overall uncertainty surrounding the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) used to pay physicians under Medicare – an uncertainty that typifies how a majority of physicians feel about the larger landscape of healthcare reform.

Healthcare Reform

Fifty-seven percent of young physicians (40 years of age and under) are pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system. Key insights from the physician survey point to the new healthcare legislation as the key source of concern for America’s next generation of physicians. Other reasons cited for physician pessimism include worries over increased regulatory burdens and...

The Physicians Foundation commissioned a report designed to serve as a ‘roadmap’ for private practice physicians – examining the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and how these legislative changes around health policy will directly impact physicians’ practice of medicine. The report provides physicians with an in-depth perspective on the issues that are...

In 2010, the Foundation released the results of a national survey of more than 100,000 physicians that found strong negative feelings towards the new healthcare reform law and fear that patient care will suffer in the months and years ahead.  The survey was intended to gauge physicians’ initial reaction to the passage of health reform and to learn the ways...

This bylined article – authored by the president of the Physicians Foundation, Lou Goodman, and its Chief Executive Officer, Tim Norbeck – discusses who will care for the uninsured in light of the new healthcare legislation, given doctor shortages being experienced across the U.S. and the difficulties physicians are encountering in sustaining their medical practices. Read the full article...

This white paper, authored in 2009, was shared with President Obama and the United States Congress in order to contribute to the national healthcare debate around reform. The paper included a series of recommendations and goals for healthcare reform designed to address ongoing needs, including: expanding the physician workforce; enhancing physician training; fixing the Medicare reimbursement formula; and realigning medical education...

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