PAMED 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.
No legislation specifically addressing physician burnout has been introduced.
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.
PAMED is continuing to review legislative solutions to improve physician wellness.
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.
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.
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.