The American Medical Association identified the following ten significant challenges for 2015:
- The money and time needed for administrative and regulatory requirements.
- Many physicians find EHR useless and deem the meaningful use requirements unattainable. More than 50% of eligible professionals will be penalized due to failure to fulfill meaningful use.
- ICD-10 implementation (as of October 1, 2015) has 68,000 codes, as opposed to the former 13,000 diagnosis codes in ICD-9.
- Prior authorization rules hinder the care delivery process and place administrative and financial burdens on physicians.
- Federal fraud and abuse programs are hounding physicians via the efforts of Medicare recovery audit contractors (RAC).
- The Medicare physician payment system will have a 21% decrease in physicians’ pay come April 1st due to the sustainable growth rate.
- Health insurers do not offer adequate provider networks to their consumers, and as a result it has necessitated physician action to ensure patients have access to the care they need.
- The country’s high rate of prescriptions overdose should be addressed through treatment, prevention and education rather than law enforcement.
- The chronic diseases of Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease need to be eliminated.
- It will be essential that physicians are constantly updated on their knowledge of technology as new innovations will be consistently emerging throughout the year.
- Undergrad medical education will be focusing on more innovative ideas for medical student training, and the best practices will be implemented in schools.
- The draft for the new modernized American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics will be released this year.
- Physicians will have access to tools that will help them improve their professional satisfaction and their quality of patient care.
- The Supreme Court of the U.S. will continue to play a significant role in healthcare.
Summary by MedicalGroups.com
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