News Feature | November 27, 2013

ACA Disrupting Doctor-Patient Relationship

Source: Health IT Outcomes
Katie Wike

By Katie Wike, contributing writer

HTO Patient Engagement

Survey shows three of four doctors feel the Affordable Care Act will increase the cost of healthcare, more than half support its repeal

Changes to healthcare stemming from the Affordable Care Act, such as ICD-10 and increasing numbers of claims, are cause for concern for the majority of physicians. ICD-10 pilot programs are not running as smoothly as expected, and a survey from Enkata found “45 percent (of participants) responded that compliance with processes is among their biggest headaches, indicating strong operations discipline among payers. Forty-one percent of respondents cited budget constraints as the third biggest headache for processors.”

More recently, a survey release by Jackson & Coker, a subsidiary of healthcare staffing company Jackson Healthcare, showed 76 percent of physicians said they expect healthcare costs to rise under the ACA. Additionally, 73 percent of physicians said patients would have less choice in picking their doctor due to Obamacare and 80 percent said they believe those patients with health insurance will wind up paying higher healthcare costs.

Other key findings from the survey:

  • 66 percent of the physicians said they would have to spend more time on administrative duties because of the new law
  • 61 percent of physicians said their opinion of the law has changed for the worse
  • 60  percent of physicians said the quality of patient care would be negatively impacted
  • 57 percent of physicians said the law would have a negative impact when asked how the law would impact their treatment decisions for patients
  • 56  percent support repealing or defunding the law

"The more physicians learn about ACA, the more they dislike it and want to start over," said Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare in a press release. "The survey shows that patients are going to have fewer doctors to choose from, less time to spend with the ones they see, and will wind up paying more for their healthcare. Physicians believe it is disruptive to the doctor-patient relationship."

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