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Physician productivity has leveled off, report finds

August 17, 2018 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There are many consulting groups that evaluate physicians and physician schedules and productivity. The time that your doctor spends with you is extremely important, but a growing number of physicians are being evaluated by organizations that look at profitability. 

One group that measures this is called the AMGA, and according to their latest report, physicians have reached their maximum value in productivity. To quote one expert, you can only squeeze so much juice out of the turnip. 

According to the report, 80% of doctors are either at full capacity or overextended, only 20% said they had time to see additional patients. 

According to researchers, a large emphasis has been placed on what is being called quality, which is measured by entering data into computer systems. 43% of physician contracts have bonuses based on this component and this is limiting the number of patients the doctors can see. 

The conclusion of the study is that physician payment needs to be better aligned with quality and, most importantly, proper care of patients.