9 Key Trends for Independent Physician Practices in 2019

Posted by Continuum on Jan 16, 2019 2:09:54 PM

 

It will come as no surprise that in 2019, healthcare costs will continue to rise. At a projected 6 percent increase, this is consistent with the past five years, but it’s still an unsustainable trend long term. 

To help manage costs for your patients and your practice as you begin the new year, we've compiled nine trends to keep in mind. Read on for a summary of these trends, or scroll to the bottom and click the button to read the full briefing.

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Topics: healthcare trends, 2019, healthcare utilization, hospital employment, physician burnout, ACA, high-performance networks, connected care, healthcare technology, independent physician practice

Is it time to take on a Nurse Practitioner?

Posted by Continuum on Sep 25, 2018 1:09:00 PM

Greater access to quality care and lower costs are strong incentives

According to a recent report by the Association of Medical Colleges, we are in the calm before the proverbial storm relating to physician demand. The report states that the need for physicians will increase due to an aging population; however, the physician supply is expected to decrease. The projected physician shortfall will range from 40,800 to 104,900 by 2030. As if the strain of an older population wasn’t enough, the survey also projects ''more than one-third of all currently active physicians will be 65 or older within the next decade.”¹ That means a lot of doctors that are practicing medicine now will be retired in the next ten years. Some areas that are already feeling the strain are hiring Nurse Practitioners to fill in the gaps.

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Topics: top of licensure, nurse practitioners, practice management, physician burnout

Treating Physician Burnout

Posted by Continuum on Jun 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With the growing complexity of the healthcare industry, practicing physicians are seeing an unavoidable rise in required reporting and administrative tasks. At the same time, the increasing financial burden of maintaining a viable practice weighs heavily on providers. These mounting pressures cause high levels of stress, frustration, and fatigue, leading to physician burnout.

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Topics: physician burnout, Physician Success, physicians, Triple Aim, Practice Transformation, independent physician

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