The Physicians Foundation released its 2015 Physician Watch List, which includes data from its 2014 Biennial Physicians Survey of 20,000 physicians. The following are the top 5 areas of change for physicians in 2015.
1. Medical consolidation is trending and is responsible for the demise of smaller practices and the implementation of larger systems. 69% of physicians are worried about their clinical autonomy.
2. 80% of physicians claim that the patient-doctor relationship is the most satisfying factor of practicing medicine. Nonetheless, the effects of medical consolidation and new guidelines for reimbursement threaten the patient-doctor relationship.
3. 50% of physicians believe that the ICD-10 implementation will severely disrupt their practices and cause administrative issues.
4. There seems to be little consistency in how certain procedures are priced, and medical costs seem arbitrary.
5. 44% of physicians plan to limit access to their services.
Summary by MedicalGroups.com
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