Challenges Facing Health Practitioners in 2016
Starting from the first day in college, to when they are approved to offer services in a health center, doctors always have a rough time while either studding or working. It gets even tougher when they become accredited physicians by the relevant authorities. Even though some of the challenges doctors face might seem intimidating, they act as inspiration in a way or another. Here are some of the biggest challenges faced by physicians in 2016.
Mental Illness management
A lot of primary care doctors in the United States have admitted that they do not have the full capacity to handle severe mental illness patients. The reason for this is because such patients need a lot of special attention. Also, their mental state has a huge impact on their ability to fight diseases and develop in general. Patients with serious mental illness often end up suffering from extreme depression and anxiety. Also, they become more susceptible and inadequate in every day communication.
Alteration of the Medicare
One of the latest Medicare reform is the removal of Sustainable Growth Rate formula when the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act was passed in 2015. Various payment systems, like the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, have been revised. Such reforms of the Medicare mean that the doctors will be affected in terms of their service delivery and remunerations options.
Another challenge facing physicians in 2016 is the rise of chronically-ill patients. Most of the primary care doctors claim that they are not fully capable of delivering the ideal care for multiple chronic illness patients. It is approximated that about 50% of adults in the US have at least one chronic health condition. These chronic health conditions are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Chronic illness treatment accounts for the highest healthcare costs in America. Clearly, it is more expensive and challenging to handle patients with chronic illness.
While the advanced technology might seem nothing but beneficial to the medical field, it is also considered a challenge for many physicians. Technology helps in service delivery in the healthcare centers, but the cost of managing it has increased over the years. Over 80% of physicians in America utilize the Electronic Health Records (EHR), though it is not easy to purchase and maintain these systems. Also, other technological equipment and devices are needed in the medical centers, but they cost too much.