Study finds MU causing physician burnout

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Federal mandates are having an impact on physicians and whether they are willing to stay in the field, according to a study from Studer Group.

Ninety percent of physicians have felt provider burnout, and nearly two-thirds of them say the burnout sometimes pushes them to consider leaving medicine, according to the findings.

Providers cited difficulty compensating for low staffing levels, keeping up with the fast pace of the hospital and regulatory changes such as the ICD-10 transition, and Meaningful Use requirements as key reasons for the burnout.

The American Medical Association is just one group that has been strongly pushing for MU changes. “This burdensome regulatory program is scheduled to move forward next year, following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of the Meaningful Use Stage 3 final rule late in 2015," the association said in a statement. "The medical community immediately called on policymakers to put physicians back in control of their practices and put patients before bureaucracy after the rule was released and will continue these efforts this year.”

The Studer Group study also showed that providers who feel that they lack control, are experiencing too much change too quickly, are feeling a downward pressure in compensation, or are sensing a disconnect between themselves and their patients are more likely to experience bouts of provider burnout.

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have repeatedly discussed the desire to reduce the burden federal regulations have on providers.