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4 Strategies for Fed-Up Physicians

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2012

"Both papers are saying that, with the amount of uncertainty created by all the paperwork requirements, the uncertainty over SGR (sustainable growth rate formula) payments, no one knows with clarity what the ultimate impact may be on healthcare reform," says Lou Goodman, PhD, president of The Physicians Foundation, and CEO of the Texas Medical Association.

In 2009, Isaacs and Jellinek wrote a report entitled, "The Independent Physician: Going, Going…" As they note in their recent report, the previous study discusses "the strong current of pessimism regarding the future of private practice."

"Such information as we were able to piece together about what has been happening since we wrote that paper, especially in many local health care markets, seemed to directly confirm that pessimistic outlook," the author wrote in the recent report.

"Yet as we started to learn more about some of those private practices that have somehow managed to buck the trend, and as we talked to the physicians who are running those practices, we began to wonder whether maybe, just maybe, this isn't the end of the private practice after all."

Of course, that remains to be seen.  And yet another report by healthcare researchers may tell that story, ostensibly "written" by doctors themselves.


Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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2 comments on "4 Strategies for Fed-Up Physicians"


taylors (8/2/2012 at 6:10 PM)
Excellent article! The points are very practical and we are big supporters of the Fix Your Practice. The amount of money Practices loose by not collecting co-pays up front or having the billing in disarray is staggering. If Physicians and Management looks at the allowed amounts under their contracts and set a goal to collect it all rather than just 80% or even worse 0%, the economic picture would start to emerge as promising.

Tabor Nuns (8/2/2012 at 2:32 PM)
No one is leaving his practice. Leave and do what? Be a bartender? And why blame it on health reform headaches? WHAT headaches? Health reform starts in 2014, if you're having a headache now, it has nothing to do with reform. Sure, salaries may go down but they would go down no matter what the health insurance landscape is. Salaries have stagnanted for years yet doctors are not leaving the profession[INVALID]we dont' know how to do anything else!