Study: Physicians Burdened by E-mails, Unpaid Tasks
Primary care physicians spend a significant amount of time answering e-mails and performing other tasks that provide them with limited reimbursement, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said the results show the need for a new payment method that accurately reimburses primary care physicians for the amount of care they provide. Washington Post et al.
- "Study Finds Many Unpaid Tasks in a Primary Care Doctor's Work Day" (Brown, Washington Post, 4/29).
- "Study Shows 'Invisible' Burden of Family Doctors" (Lohr, New York Times, 4/28).
- "Primary Care Internists Inundated With Phone Calls, E-mails" (Rubin, USA Today, 4/28).