Today’s doctors combat stress from every imaginable angle. They need to carry a heavy patient load to cover their overheads costs, pay steep malpractice insurance premiums, and still make a profit. Insurance companies require mounds of paperwork to document and support claims, and seem to fight the physician’s medical choices at every turn. The government has added even more layers of stress with new mandates requiring improved chronic care management, patient engagement requirements, and timeline adaptations to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program, all in the name of quickly transitioning to a value-based healthcare system.
All of that is certainly enough to create physician burnout on its own, as doctors spend increasing amounts of time at the office in an effort to keep the practice afloat and still provide quality care. The idea of being able to take any kind of break to recharge their physical and emotional well-being is impossible to imagine. Electronic technology and digital devices now make it possible for the office to follow the physician virtually anywhere on earth.