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    Top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2016

    “There is great disorder under the Heavens, the situation is excellent.”

    That observation from Mao Zedong might well describe the situation physicians face heading into 2016. Confusion abounds, driven by uncertainties about issues from shifting payment models to new government mandates to ongoing battles over maintaining certification.

    At the same time, the uncertainty and challenges facing healthcare present opportunities in 2016 and beyond for doctors to improve patient care by harnessing technology, strengthening care delivery teams, and getting reimbursed for more of the time they spend counseling and treating patients.

    For the third consecutive year, Medical Economics presents its list of top challenges physicians will face in the coming year. We developed this year’s list in consultation with members of our editorial board. Some of the challenges—the impact of the Affordable Care Act and the growing emphasis on outcomes over quantity in reimbursements, for example—will be familiar. Others, such as getting reimbursed for chronic care management, appear for the first time.

    While these challenges may look daunting when gathered together, each challenge can be addressed and overcome individually by strong medical practices looking toward the future. Physicians can gain momentum and seek opportunities in the ongoing change if they know what to expect as 2016 arrives.

    Read on for a glimpse of what lies ahead.

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