Top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2017
2016 was a challenging year on many fronts for healthcare providers.
Physicians have just started to digest the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its changes to physician reimbursement. A long presidential election finally reached its conclusion, but the consequences of a Republican Congress and President-elect Donald J. Trump for U.S. doctors and patients remain unclear. And running a private practice did not get any easier. Balancing the need to deal with patients who won’t listen or won’t pay while also seeking positive patient satisfaction scores remains a daily struggle for many.
These were just some of the challenges physician readers told Medical Economics they experienced this year and anticipate continuing for the foreseeable future.
For the fourth consecutive year, Medical Economics reveals its list of obstacles physicians will face in the coming year and, more importantly, how to overcome them. For this latest presentation, we asked readers to tell us what challenges they face each day and where they needed solutions.
Here are their responses, starting with the biggest challenge of the coming year.