What’s Keeping Physicians Busy These Days?

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

While hundreds of physician practices nationwide are piloting the patient-centered medical home model, still at issue is a reimbursement formula that adequately compensates physicians for the medical home’s care management components. In “What’s Keeping Us So Busy in Primary Care?,” a study published in last week’s New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Richard Baron documents the daily duties of the five doctors in his Philadelphia practice that fall outside the scope of routine patient visits. On an average day, besides seeing 18 patients, each Greenhouse Internists physicians made 24 phone calls, wrote 17 e-mails, reviewed 20 lab reports and issued 12 prescription refills daily. While all of these tasks extend access to care, they consume a great deal of physicians‘ time outside of patient visits.

This week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update features Dr. Baron’s recommended technology backbone to support evidence-based care delivery, taken from his presentation during our Medical Home Open House webinar series. If you missed the story, you can read it here.

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