In a year most noteworthy for reports of professional dissatisfaction and burn-out among physicians, the MACRA final rule, ICD-10 expansion, and a brutally contentious presidential election with uncertain implications for healthcare policy, what exactly ought we in the healthcare industry to feel thankful for?
Here’s a suggestion: Let’s just be thankful for physicians.
Regardless of where one sits in the healthcare industry ecosystem or one’s proprietary business interests, we all should express our thanks to physicians. After all, they’re the ones who care for patients every day in an effort to make or keep us well; and who do so while wrestling with often counterproductive technology “aides” and increasingly complex regulations governing where and how they document their patient care activities and charge for their services. Mind you we’re talking here about physicians practicing in the U.S. under some of the most favorable conditions in the world. If you think about doctors working in Aleppo, Syria and other war zones, it makes the “challenges” noted above seem insignificant to the point of irrelevancy.
So this holiday season, we’re thankful for all physicians. And we say, “Thanks, docs.”