What should physicians anticipate in 2017? Experts weigh in on eight issues that will affect the profession this year.
With Donald Trump officially becoming the president later this month, big changes are expected in the healthcare industry - beginning with the likely repeal of the ACA - which Trump has promised he would do on day one. Primary-care physicians will surely face challenges in light of this. Unlike the ACA, however, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is likely here to stay, so physicians will need to adapt to new incentives and requirements rolling out this year.Meanwhile, physicians will continue to grapple with a host of existing challenges such as increased workloads, the introduction of new payment models, and decreasing reimbursement. They're also faced with more pressure to provide greater value for consumers' healthcare dollars and a stronger emphasis on consumer-oriented care as competition from large networks mounts. Further, physicians need to strive toward greater coordination of care, as more non-physicians are claiming pieces of the primary-care pie.All in all, experts foresee 2017 as a year of great change along with great challenges, for physicians. Here are the top eight issues for them to keep top of mind.Click here to download a PDF of this slideshow.