Employed Physicians: Top 4 Complaints

doctorMore than half of physicians in the United States are employed by hospitals, including about 60 percent of family physicians, according to a Medscape report.
The report detailed the top four complaints by employed physicians:

1. Being "Bossed Around by Less Educated Administrators"—There are some physicians who feel hospital administrators don't treat them with respect, but hospitals that have been employing longer tend to have a better culture and relationship with physicians, according to the report.

2. Not being able to make decisions about staff and personnel—Physicians rely on their personnel to create a positive patient experience, and if they don't have the power to improve the quality of the staff, it could reflect poorly on them.

3. Having less authority over billing and charge codes—According to the report, hospital billers may not be as "attuned" to ambulatory billing and physicians overseeing coding in their practices, and conflict between the two leads to a bad experience.

4. Being forced to use new equipment and technology—As electronic health records are implemented in hospitals, employed surgeons have a hard time adjusting to the change, but they are required to do so by the hospital, and if the surgeon needs new office equipment it could take much longer to gain clearance from the hospital executives, according to the report.

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