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10 Questions Doctors Need to Ask About the “New” Face of Health Care

Why are not, you the physicians, asking these serious questions about your business? The Government is directly modifying how you do your private business and you simple allow it? Please don’t complain when it gets worse.You allowed ti to happen.

1. Will anyone do anything about the oppressive burden of paperwork and red tape?

2. Will the candidates’ “macro” proposals for reforming healthcare and entitlements result in more or less paperwork and red tape?

3. I already don’t have enough time to spend with patients but now I am expected to counsel them on preventive care, lifestyle choices, and the effectiveness of different treatments?   How is this possible?

4. Electronic health records, great concept, but they don’t really streamline the process as advertised, if anything, they just make things more difficult, and besides, they still don’t communicate with other systems.

5. Everyone wants to measure me, but the measures don’t agree with other, they measure the wrong things and they are difficult to report on.   And who is measuring the value and effectiveness of the measures themselves?

6. Okay, I am supposed to practice cost conscious care, but who is going to stop a lawyer from suing me if I don’t give a patient the test they asked for?

7. Why is my cognitive care paid so little while procedures and drugs are paid exorbitant rates?

8. Payers and government keep imposing more penalties, for not e-prescribing, for not converting to ICD-10, for not meaningfully using my electronic health record, for not complying with their pay for performance schemes.  By the time they get done fining me for noncompliance, I will have had to shut my office. Then who will take care of my patients?

9. And who has the time to keep track of all of these mandates, incentives, rules, and penalties?  I would have to hire a full-time person keep on top of everything. Who is going to pay for that?

10. So I am supposed to transform my practice?  Well, we all want to do our part, but who is going to pay for that?  Besides, my patients seem to think my practice is just fine as it is