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Do you feel burned out in your specialty?
According to the 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, 46 percent of physicians surveyed felt they were burned out, which increased since 2013. The most burned-out physicians were from Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, HIV/Infectious Diseases, Radiology, OB/GYN, Neurology and Urology.
Family Practice Articles of Interest
Study Examines Why Patients Choose Their Doctors
A recent study by Vitals revealed which factors are most important to patients when choosing a primary care physician. The most important considerations are physicians being in-network (63 percent), location (36.6 percent) and bedside manner (34.1 percent). The study also found 70 percent of patients are not fully satisfied with their doctor-patient relationship.
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Commonwealth Fund Expects Only Slight Increase of Patients Due to ACA
Many experts predicted the Affordable Care Act would overwhelm primary care physicians with newly insured patients, but a new report from the Commonwealth Fund estimates the increased number of patients will only rise a little less than four percent. This news should ease concerns about primary care offices becoming overburdened with patients. Emergency departments will see only slightly more than a two percent increase in patients. The authors of the study point out these estimations are based on the continuation of Medicare expansion in all states, which means these predictions could change if the healthcare law is repealed.
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