Growing physician trend: Simpler billing processes and no more paperwork

The U.S. healthcare systems have not been designed to make physician’s life easier. Years of training and abilities are being wasted while dealing with billing and paperwork as less time is dedicated to patients that truly deserve and need quality care. Practices and Hospitals are not spending enough time to improve operations.

placeit (3)Doctors now think differently than they did in the last decade. Most of them are now in favor of a single-payer healthcare, as published in a new survey from Merrit Hawkins. Medicare, for example, is a single-payer system in which the federal government pays the bills for those who qualify, but hospitals and other providers remain private. Despite the conflict of ideas about healthcare systems, the truth is that more physicians are now adapting better to changes and searching for less convoluted ways to deal with their billing processes.

The growing trend is that physicians want to spend more time taking care of the patients and to offer healthcare to as many people as possible. Today, less than half of the practicing physicians own their practices according to the American Medical Association, and they want less participation in who pays the bills. On top of that, studies have also shown that about a third of the physicians time is spent on administrative work. This clearly indicates the opinions of the majority to rely on one system to pay medical bills to make the process simpler and smoother.

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Chronic Disease Patients Need Better Shared Care Plans

maxRVUMore than half of American population, are affected by one or more chronic diseases. A patient with a chronic disease translates into one that will probably be visiting hospitals and doctors for several months or even years.
These patients will require the best quality treatments but also strong integration from all providers involved. Primary Care Physicians and Specialists must work together to achieve the best clinical outcomes. This integration has been called Shared Care. The use of Information Technology to potentiate Shared Care can come in handy.
A recent study published by Wim H van Harten, MD, PhD in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, reviewed the state-of-the-art regarding the effectiveness of IT-supported Shared Care interventions on the care of patients with chronic diseases: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), (congestive) heart failure, cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension, asthma, or cancer.
In this study, they state that Shared Care supported by IT systems makes visits more efficient and improves clinical outcomes. Among other benefits, “Electronic health record use improved PCP visits and reduced rehospitalization; electronic platform use resulted in fewer readmissions and better clinical outcomes; and the use of electronic communication application using text-based information transfer between professionals had a positive effect on the number of PCPs contacting hospitals, PCPs’ satisfaction, and confidence.”
Better and continuous quality of patient care can be achieved. Referrals can be done easily and faster, physicians can take decisions based on reliable records and patient’s histories without worrying about missing information.
Most physicians have not developed tools for care plans given that they take great efforts and expenses. A lot of work still needs to be done before IT systems can be implemented nationwide, however, there is a huge need for robust care plans that can be available at any time since the first patient visit and not only when something has gone wrong.
More details about the study can be found here.