In the News

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This piece in KevinMD explores the reasons behind the impending physician shortage. The article cites the growth in burnout and dissatisfaction rates among practicing physicians as found in the 2016 Physicians Survey and offers solutions to combat physician burnout.  

The Associated Press reports that although there has not been a declining interest in medicine since the ACA took effect, a shift in the way physicians are paid, paperwork requirements and Medicare are leading factors for physician discontent, according to the Physicians Foundation 2016 Biennial Physician Survey.

In this Medical Economics article, Ripley Hollister, MD, shares insight on the challenges to creating price lists for patients and how physicians can overcome them. For physicians shifting from independent practices to those in larger networks, the pricing structure is out of their hands. According to the Physicians Foundation 2016 Biennial Physician Survey, only about 33% of practicing physicians are independent practice owners or partners.

Physicians Practice reports on the pros and cons of hiring nurse practitioners and physicians assistants to address physician burnout. Russell Libby, MD, shares that hiring NPs and PAs may decrease the stress and burnout experienced by some physicians, but may actually increase it for others. According to the Physicians Foundation 2016 Biennial Physician Survey, nearly half (49 percent) of the 17,000 physicians surveyed reported feeling burnt out some or all of the time.

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