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Physician Burnout

The stressors in today’s modern health care system increases physician burnout. Seeking solutions to this crisis is the primary goal of new PAMED President Lawrence John, MD. Be part of the solution in helping PAMED address the causes of this epidemic.

How to get involved:
Share your solutions for addressing burnout  
Ask Dr. John to speak at your upcoming meeting


Physician Wellness


Description-iconPAMED believes in improving the practice environment for physicians in Pennsylvania by working to identify some of the key causes and begin the conversation. State legislators can help by recognizing the factors that lead to “physician burnout” and work to resolve them.

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No legislation specifically addressing physician burnout has been introduced.

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PAMED Position
Research has shown that administrative burdens are one factor of physician burnout. To this effort, PAMED supports legislative proposals (e.g. prior authorization reform) that seek to return clinical autonomy to physicians so that they can do what is right for patients rather than what’s in the best interest of insurers.

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Status 
PAMED is continuing to review legislative solutions to improve physician wellness.

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How it Affects You
The problem of burnout and caregiver fatigue among physicians is real and immediate. According to the American Medical Association, the administrative burden of modern medicine is a root cause of physician burnout.

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What is PAMED Doing About it?
PAMED supports legislative proposals that aim to reduce administrative hassles that are often a contributing factor to burnout.

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society held a Physician Resiliency Summit on June 5, 2019.

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What Action Should I Take?
Contact your state representative and senator to encourage them to support or introduce legislation that would address the administrative burdens that physicians face daily. You can find their contact information here: http://cqrcengage.com/pamed/Lookup.

Resources 

  • NORCAL Professional Wellness Website - This website contains videos and a growing collection of articles and resources/references related to ‘Second Victim Syndrome,’ EHRs, and more. On this site, you'll also find the full issue of NORCAL's Claims Rx publication focused on ‘Systems Solutions for Burnout and Wellness.'

  • NORCAL Special Report: The Impact of EHR Burdens on Physician Burnout - Recent studies have concluded that EHRs are a leading factor in physician burnout due to the increased clerical burden and reduced efficiency associated with them.

  • American Medical Association (AMA) Resources
    • Physician Well-being - On this webpage, you'll find numerous articles addressing a multitude of topics relative to physician wellness.

    • Equipping Physicians to Manage Burnout - On this webpage, you'll find numerous articles and podcasts addressing burnout, plus Tips-of-the-Week on managing burnout.

    • Physician Burnout - On this webpage, you'll find CME and educational activities to help you understand and prevent burnout, redesign your practice to reduce stress, and promote well-being

    • Redesign your practice. Reignite your purpose - On this webpage, you'll find practice improvement strategies and practice transformation resources including CME, videos, practice assessment tool, and more.

    • Charter on Physician Well-Being - On this webpage, find information on the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) Charter.

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