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What Does the Average Physician's Day Look Like?

Portrait of the Overburdened Physician Our doctors are overburdened and burned out. Where does their time go? Here's a breakdown. A Typical Doctor's Day what a typical physician 20 HOURS PER WEEK office spends on insurance administrative tasks 45% Physicians spend almost half their day outside the exam room. Usually doing documentation and follow-up. 2,300 PATIENTS average patient load of a primary care physician 93.2 Patient 34.1 Hours 22 O Minutes encounters per spent on direct patient care each average patient encounter week week The Culprits Insurance, Paperwork, and New Policy Requirements 3 WEEKS per year 23 WEEKS |per year time nursing staff spent on insurance claims average time a physician spends dealing with health plans 44 WEEKS | per year 48 minutes per year time clerical staff spent on insurance claims physician time lost on EMR-use, according to a recent survey. 2/3 of 6 physicians say they usually have to wait several days for medication preauthorizations $23-$31 billion 18% Physicians using EHRS spent more time on admin the annual costs to U.S. physicians of time consuming interactions with insurance companies than those using only 15.5% paper Which Physicians are Most At-Risk? Percentage of time spent on administrative tasks Family/general practitioners Psychiatrists Internists Pediatricians 20.3% 17.3% 17.3% 14.1% Surprise, Surprise! Pediatricians were the most satisfied group of doctors in the survey. Not enough hours in the day for doctors. And we're seeing the effects. I $102 18.5 46k-90k BILLION DAYS the cost of physician time spent on The estimated shortage average patient wait time for a primary care appointment of US physicians by 2025 administration in 2014 21.7 HOURS 46% PER DAY time it would take a Nearly half of physicians are considering early primary care doctor to provide all recommended care for 2,500 patients (average) Physicians reporting retirement based on burnout in a 2015 recent trends in Medscape survey healthcare. What We Need Changes to the prior-authorization requirements More time for physicians to adjust to policy requirements (like Meaningful Use) Compensation for other tasks doctors spend time on (care coordination, paperwork, after hours visits). The new 99490 chronic care management code for Medicare is a start. Innovative tools and technology that optimize physicians' workflows and their ability to provide care, not complicate them. More widespread use of team-based care, and put extenders to work at the top of their qualifications. Better resources and policy to support doctors and encourage work-life balance. Brought to you by: eVisıt Simple telehealth software for healthcare providers. Let's talk: (844) 693-8474 Sources: sue-briefs/2015/aug/primary-care-providers-views-delivery-payment sumes-one-sixth-of-us-physicians%E2%80%99-time-and-erodes-their-mor

What Does the Average Physician's Day Look Like?

shared by hhayes on Nov 25
We’ve all heard the story about the overworked, burned-out physician. U.S. doctors are up against a lot nowadays, between overflowing patient case loads, strict policy requirements, and tighter bott...




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