Prior to the pandemic, physicians were already feeling burned out. Covid-19 has only added to the long hours, reluctance for technology adoption, and administrative burden facing physicians. Further, a recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of doctors also cited their long-standing problem with bureaucracy, and more than one-third pointed to long hours as contributing factors to a lack of work-life balance.
The urgent need for the transition to value-based care from fee-for-service (FFS) only threatens to add to this burden. Health systems seeking to create a (VBC) strategy that has staying power need to ensure that physicians are engaged as part of ongoing VBC transition plans.