Physician offices and hospitals across the country face an unusual late summer/early fall spike in respiratory illnesses, many of which are due to the spread of the typically rare enterovirus 68. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed more than 100 pediatric cases since last month, the true number of infections is unknown because only some healthcare facilities can test for the virus, while even fewer are equipped to do typing.
The business of healthcare is grueling at times--and arguably tougher with each passing year or day. As a result, some physicians leave and go on to exercise their talents elsewhere, typically with no hard feelings among those who stay.
What's interesting to me as a journalist is that it's not necessarily the health professionals working in the "easier" settings--such as those located in a more physician-friendly state or employed physicians who don't need chase reimbursements--who are the most impassioned to keep going.
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Three additional ACOs left the Pioneer program this month, leaving just over half of the original 32 participants.
As the regulatory and administrative burden on physician practices increases, so too has the expense of paying employees needed to perform this work.
While it may be too soon to determine whether the explosive growth in joint M.D./M.B.A. programs changed the dynamics of practicing medicine, individuals on both the clinical and administrative sides of healthcare report that such dual training improved the way they perform in their roles, according to an article from the Atlantic.
Although physicians nationwide report signs of struggle, there are pockets of the country where practicing medicine is more pleasant than average. Mississippi leads the pack for the second year in a row, according to this year's Best States to Practice report from Physicians Practice.
While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is still embroiled in objections from physician groups, including the American Medical Association, over the accuracy of the rating system used on its Physician Compare website, others criticize that the database contains information on too few physicians to be useful in helping consumers find doctors, according to an article from USA Today.
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