The healthcare industry can be a stressful place to work in, add that you are a physician’s office or private medical practice and a small business, and it may seem like there’s a lot going against the physicians, dentists, psychologists, and various employees of your office. The risk of feeling overworked and underappreciated is the last thing you want in your medical practice office.
Below, you can see the percentages of different medical practitioners who report feeling burned out in the United States, by medical specialty.
In most specialties, over half, or close to half of healthcare professionals report feeling burned out. It’s possible that in a small medical office, this effect could trickle down, and leave other employees within the healthcare office feeling burned out and overworked.
Although a group health insurance policy for your small healthcare office might not solve all your problems, it can help employees in the medical office stay healthy, and also feel appreciated by their employer. In a profession where feeling burned out is common, offering things like group health insurance for employees can be helpful in fostering a positive work environment.
According to the Small Business Administration (SBA) if you are a private physician’s office with less than $11 million in average receipts, then you’re considered a small business. Don’t let this number stop you from getting health insurance for small businesses, though.
In the eyes of health insurance, small business are not determined by their income. You may qualify for a small business group health insurance plan if you have at least one full-time equivalent employee besides yourself, and if they are choosing to enroll in the group plan you offer.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are 951,061 physicians (including primary and specialist) who are professionally active in the United States.
As a healthcare professional, you personally understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having access to quality healthcare practitioners like yourself.
A functional physician’s office can only work with great employees backing it. Think about how many claims you have every year...now imagine trying to do all of those yourself while still seeing patients. Sounds impossible, right? The employees who manage and work around your office are incredibly important, and if you want to retain them, consider offering health insurance that gives them what they need.
Nearly two thirds (65%) of family physicians spend 30-45 hours per week seeing patients, and only 24% spend more than that.
Bureaucratic tasks were the prime cause of physician burnout, according to this year's Medscape Lifestyle Report (and in previous ones as well). Second was spending too many hours at work. Among family physicians responding to this year's survey, 69% of those who are self-employed and 60% of their employed peers spend 10 hours or more per week on paperwork and administrative tasks.
In the private practice setting, the recent trend for dermatologists is to work in a practice with a few other dermatologists, rather than maintain a solo practice. This could make getting a group health insurance plan easier, since you might have several partners footing the bill for small business health insurance. This trend may be something that dermatology offices may want to go with.
Teledermatology use trended upward from 7% to 11% between 2012 and 2014. The implementation of electronic health records increased from 51% in 2011 to 70% in 2014. The demand for dermatology services remains strong. Shifts in the practice setting may be related to increases in overhead costs that are partially associated with the implementation of technology-based medical records. Integration of electronic health records and utilization of telemedicine are increasing.
Only 2% of dermatologists spent more than 25 minutes with a patient. A well-staffed office could let dermotologists spend more time with each patient.
The medical imaging information systems market in North America is expected to be valued at 7.8 billion in 2022.
Mean hourly wage: 88.58, mean annual wage $184,240. 79% work in offices of physicians
Sixty-three percent of pediatricians spend 30-45 hours per week seeing patients, and 26% spend more than that. Among pediatricians responding to this year's survey, 54% of those who are self-employed, and 57% of their employed peers, spend 10 hours or more per week on paperwork and administrative tasks.
By several thousands of dollars per year, both male and female self-employed pulmonologists make more than their employed counterparts. 35% of pulmonologists spent 30-45 hours seeing patients a week, and 13% spent over 65 hours. 35% of self employed pulmonologists spend 10-14 hours on paperwork.
Office based single-speciality cardiologists made the most money, right below the top earners who were part of healthcare organizations. Nearly one third (32%) of cardiologists spend 30-45 hours per week seeing patients, and 64% spend more than that. Among cardiologists responding to this year's survey, 55% of those who are self-employed and 65% of their employed peers spend 10 hours or more per week on paperwork and administrative tasks.
76% of self-employed surgeons had less than 10 hours of paperwork a week. 71% of employed surgeons had less than 10 hours of paperwork per week.
On average, orthopedic surgeons see 100 patients per week, spend up to 16 minutes with each of those patients, and have nine or fewer hours of paperwork to do every week.
According to a compensation report by Medscape, self-employed neurologists (of both genders) made tens of thousands more being self-employed. 70% of neurologists have not seen more patients due to the affordable care act. Almost half (42%) of neurologists spend 30-45 hours a week seeing patients.
Wondering how other neurologists are getting health insurance? Only 17% of neurologists report that they will participate on the exchanges.
51 million surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2010. 43% of surgeons reported seeing patients 30-45 hours a week. In terms of office-based surgeons, 41% of male surgeons spent 17 minutes or more with patients, and 49% of women spent that amount of time.
Self-employed general surgeons reported making more money (both genders).
Fifteen percent of pathologists spend 30-45 hours per week seeing patients, and 11% spend more than that .Bureaucratic tasks were the prime cause of physician burnout, according to this year's Medscape Lifestyle Report (and in previous ones as well)
In 2003 private practice remained the dominant practice setting for ob-gyns, with 70% of respondents to the survey reporting only a private practice position (respondents could report more than one type of practice arrangement). This represents a statistically significant decrease from the 77% of respondents reporting only a private practice position in 1991. The dominance of private practice fluctuated during the period covered by the four ACOG Socioeconomic Surveys (see Figure 1), dropping between 1991 and 1994, remaining stable through the 1998 survey, and then regaining some of its share by 2003.
Approximately 15% of survey respondents reported only a salaried position in 1991.
The number of adult U.S. females for every first year obstetric–gynecologic residency position increased from 80,630 in 1992 to 96,411 in 2016.
Surveys of ob-gyns have shown that they are displeased with the short time allotted for each office visit, which sometimes can prevent adequate counseling, diagnostic evaluation, and care coordination. This is compounded further by the impact of electronic health records and regulatory changes on clinical practice placing more demands on clinicians. Other data indicate that many ob-gyns increasingly refer patients to subspecialists, a practice that can frustrate patients and increase cost.
Demand for osteopathic care is far from decreasing, with a 68% growth in practicing Osteopathic doctors in the U.S. since 2007. There has also been an increase in female osteopathic physicians and a trend for younger practitioners, with 54% reporting to be under 45.
An estimated 40,000 chiropractic assistants (CAs) are in clinical and business management roles for chiropractic practices across the United States.
Health service managers — $34.49/hr or $71,740/yr
Medical assistants — $12.71/hr or $26,430/yr
Receptionists — $11.48/hr or $24,620/yr
Dentists reported paying full-time hygienists $35.10 per hour and chairside dental assistants $18.30 in a national study in 2013.
As of 2017, there are 198,517 dentists working in dentistry (dentists using their dental degree in some fashion) in the U.S.
In 2014, 52.3% of adults reported that they had visited the dentist every six months in the last few years, 15.4% reported once per year, and 11.0% reported once every two to three years.
Parents of children under 18, 64.6% reported that their children had visited the dentist every six months, 20.3% once per year, and 4.4% once every two to three years.
Only ten percent (10.7) admitted that their children and hadn't been to the dentists in several years.
What does this mean for you? It means that your office has clients that actually come as much as medically recommended, so your office needs to be ran like a tight ship!
Outrank reveals in a study that 34 percent more dentists are pursuing orthodontics now than were five years ago.
Health service managers — $34.49/hr or $71,740/yr
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most dentists are private practitioners who own their own businesses, so you could also be responsible for managerial tasks such as paying employees, ordering supplies and keeping your office stocked with orthodontic tools (www.bls.gov). You could also work in hospitals or general physician offices.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may want to offer a few different plans. Some staff members may need less comprehensive plans than others. Catering to different employee’s needs could help keep the cost of premiums down--why force someone to pay for a plan that costs them every month, but they don’t take advantage of?
Keep in mind that offering health insurance as a benefit could help you retain quality workers and hire new ones in as well. This can make all the difference when you need your office to be run smoothly.
There are also preventative opportunities that come with being insuranced with a quality plan--which may result in healthier employees. Think about it; the better the health plan, the more your employees might be prone to go to healthcare offices much like yours, in order to maintain their health. Healthy employees could mean less sick days and higher productivity. Consider buying a plan that covers physician’s office visits, or at least an annual check-up, so that employees are encouraged to take preventative measures against health concerns.
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