Week 19 – Question of the Week: Do doctors seem scared by the medical establishment?

Week 19: 2011-08-12

This week I was thinking about all the rules with which physicians must comply.  Here’s a few off the top of my head:

Be licensed by state

Completely annual continuing education requirements according to license and specialty board requirements.

Hold a DEA license for controlled drug dispensing

Purchase malpractice insurance (for participation in most insurance plans)

Keep credentials up to date for each position, insurance, state, and board

Provide patients with HIPPA information

Use online prescribing this year or face a cut in Medicare payment in 2012

Begin using an EHR soon or face further Medicare cuts

Attest to lack of drug use, alcohol abuse, or criminal behavior

Pay child support or risk losing one’s medical license (a good thing?)

Comply with multiple chart audits

Now the question: do doctors seem scared by the medical establishment?

Comments, questions, and suggestions are all appreciated.  Submit your response in the block below.

– Doc Cindy

Enhanced by Zemanta

About Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

CYNTHIA J KOELKER , MD is a board-certified family physician with over twenty years of clinical experience. A member of American Mensa, Dr. Koelker holds degrees in biology, humanities, medicine, and music from M.I.T., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the University of Akron. She served in the National Health Service Corps to finance her medical education.
This entry was posted in Medical archives, Perennial Favorites, Question of the Week and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Week 19 – Question of the Week: Do doctors seem scared by the medical establishment?

  1. DocDan says:

    You can add upcoming compliance with meaningful use and Patient Centered Medical Home (soon to be mandatory but for now we are getting some monies for getting in early – major pain).

    I am a family doc in a small private practice (4 of us) and with all of the compliance issues and red-tape/hoops to jump through, I feel there is less and less time and compensation to treat patients.

    Am I scared /intimidated by the establishment? Not at all. Frustrated? Absolutely. The rules are there for a good reason to protect and improve care for patients, but I feel for those of us already practicing good medicine, many may well quit rather than have to comply, which leaves patients with less options/fewer providers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *