There are a host of governmental regulations physicians have to contend with in the new year. Some of these include a shift from volume to value-based care, implementing new ICD-10-CM codes, and using EHR technology in an effort to meet CMS' meaningful use criteria.
Meanwhile, physicians must grapple with the varying forces coming from the payer sector, such as consolidation among health insurers and millions of Americans gaining health coverage under the ACA. In addition, new ways of practicing medicine are growing in popularity, such as the use of telemedicine and incorporating the use of alternative providers like physician assistants and nurse practitioners into a practice.
All coupled together, and adapting to these changes will be a challenge for some physicians, who are at risk for burnout. Here is what experts say will be the top issues affecting physicians in 2016.
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