According to U.S. News & World Report, hospitals nationwide are dealing with physician burnout. The national burnout rate is up to a whopping 54 percent of all doctors, with healthcare executives blaming how medicine is practiced in the U.S. with too much time spent on clerical demands and not enough time spent actually taking care of patients.
Physicians today are disheartened. What they signed up for and what their practice actually looks like are two very different things. One of the burdens that plague providers is the emphasis and demand on data gathering and utilization to submit in order to receive payment for their work. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have very specific requirements regarding quality and clinical data reporting. Though many CMS reporting programs lead to an increase in care quality, it is often challenging for providers to constantly adapt to new guidelines and determine which data points are worthwhile to collect and analyze. There is simply not enough time in the day to adhere to all the obligations and requirements and spend quality time with every patient. Patients deserve more than 2-3 minutes of 1:1 time with their physician.