American physicians are increasingly unhappy with their once-vaunted profession, and that malaise is bad for their patients. All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals.
Physician retirements are spiking. The turnover rate of 6.8% among large group practices in 2013 was a repeat of that in 2012. However, the percentage of turnover attributed to retirement jumped from 12% in 2012 to 18% in 2013.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will soon enforce tighter restrictions on certain kinds of prescription pills that contain hydrocodone. Dr. David Joseph, Chief Medical Officer at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic, discusses the new restrictions.
The attorneys general (AGs) of 16 states warn that hospital employment of physicians, which is considered in many quarters to be the inevitable fate of medical practice, is driving up healthcare costs without necessarily improving the quality of care.
As we move toward an interoperable future, analytics tools need to be developed so that providers aren't overloaded raw data, says a physician, and an expert in medical informatics and clinical research. Data is not insight. As efforts ramp up to get medical devices to talk to one another and information systems to communicate seamlessly in preparation for the glorious interoperable future ahead, one key capability is needed in earnest.