Significant changes are reshaping the US healthcare system. 2014 was a mixed year for physicians in terms of compensation and other aspects of practice management. With 2015 round the corner, hospitals and private practices will have to be prepared for some big changes. Some developments will bring welcome news whereas others might be troubling for physicians.
|Physicians will have to face the issue of high deductibles of $1000 or more from next year|
|Providers will have to start testing and gearing up for implementation of ICD-10, scheduled on October 01, 2015|
|Participants of Accountable Care Organizations will start losing money as part of the initial three-year agreement with CMS program. This shared-savings contract will end in 2015|
|Enhanced Medicaid payments to Primary Care physicians will stop|
|Providers not adhering to MU program will start facing 1% penalty of Medicare payments from 2015|
Significant changes in 2015 that will affect Physicians
According to a survey by Biennial Physician, shift to value-based payment model will force physicians to increase their patient time in 2015. The will also have to deal with increased paperwork and administrative tasks.
The survey indicates an increase in the rate of consolidation in 2015. This is likely to pressurize independent practices to join large medical groups. 70% of the respondents expressed their concerns over consolidation rates because it is affecting their decision-making abilities and the clinical autonomy. 44% physicians said that they will limit the access to care for patients due to workload and payment cuts.
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