The year 2013 is going to be quite significant to the U.S. health care industry in general and doctors in particular – it is the year when a host of health care reforms will be set in motion, and many clinical and operational experiments will get crystallized into norms to be complied with by the physician community. While they may have objectively been conceived to bring about transformational changes in clinical and operational spheres, the consensus amongst the doctors is that, along with noticeable clinical and operational efficiency, they may have to realign their medical billing practices to changing paradigm in order to remain operationally healthy.
Even as we start counting probable issues that can influence clinical sphere, cost of administering services, medical billing, and so forth, it is may be worthwhile having a glance at the watch list released by The Physicians Foundation, which is committed to focus on issues that surround physicians across the clinical destinations in the U.S. The watch list becomes credible in that it is derived from reliable reports, including the foundation’s 2012 Biennial Physician and Next Generation surveys.
One of the major issues that physicians will come to face in 2013 is the persistent apprehension with Affordable Care Act. While ACA may have been approved by the Federal Judiciary, and soon be mandatory in Medicare networks across the 50 states in the U.S., doctors are not still sure how they can operate under Accountable Care Organization model without having to compromise on their revenues as Medicare physician fee schedule is likely to be constricted and governed by independent payment advisory board.
Second, cost of medical care and patient distribution may get redefined from 2013 as smaller clinics are likely to become consolidated entities. Further, many independent doctors, in an effort to shield themselves from the impact of health care reforms, may even feel it worthwhile switching over large hospitals. When such realignment starts dictating cost and patient distribution, many stand-alone practitioners may not be able carry on with constricted fees and patient visits.
Third, close on the heels is the possible induction of more than 30 million new patients into the nation’s healthcare systems. Doctors, whose volume is woefully short of the requisite, may still struggle more to provide quality care when the proposed new patients are accepted into health insurance backed (Medicare, Medicaid,…