Merritt Hawkins’ Paper in Health Affairs Presented At the National Press Club
February 06, 2018
In its March, 2016 issue, Health Affairs published a series of peer-reviewed papers focusing on physicians.
One of these papers was authored by Merritt Hawkins’ Vice President of Communications, Phil Miller. Mr. Miller and several other Health Affairs authors presented their papers at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. before an audience of 200 policy makers, journalists and healthcare analysts -- an event sponsored by The Physicians Foundation.
A key theme of the presentations was value-based payments and how these are affecting physicians. Dr. Lawrence Casalino presented research sponsored by The Physicians Foundation showing that doctors now spend an average of 2.6 hours a week documenting quality measures, at an overall cost to physicians in select specialties of over $14 billion.
Taking this data as a starting point, Mr. Miller noted how quality documenting requirements are just another in a series of bureaucratic duties that are eroding physician morale and causing many physicians to seek alternatives to traditional clinical practice. The net effect of emerging physician practice patterns is to reduce the number of full-time-equivalent physicians, a factor contributing to the physician shortage.
It was a timely and thought-provoking discussion, held at a storied venue that has hosted presidents, monarchs, movie stars and other luminaries. Merritt Hawkins was proud to be a part of it.
Mr. Miller's paper featured in Health Affairs titled, "The Medical Profession’s Future: A Struggle Between Caring For Patients and Bottom-Line Pressures" is available viewing.
If you have questions or comments about how the medical profession is changing please feel free to contact me or comment below.
Travis Singleton is Senior Vice President of Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm and a company of AMN Healthcare. He can be reached at 800-876-0500 or by email.
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