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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.

Patient EngagementHIT reports on a Washington bill aimed at increasing drug price transparency and reducing patient cost burden recently passed by the Washington State House of Representatives. The Physicians Foundation 2016 Patient Survey found that patients cannot afford their medications, with 18 percent of patients reporting having skipped doses of medications and 27 percent reporting they neglected to fill prescriptions altogether.

In this Medical Economics article, a physician shares his concerns for the future of primary care. According to the Physicians Foundation 2016 Biennial Survey, 48 percent of the 17,000 physicians surveyed said they plan to retire, cut back on hours or seek administrative positions because of burnout, low morale and pessimism about the future of medicine.

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