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In nearly two years since practices adopted the ICD-10 code set, billing and coding experts say the transition was fairly smooth but that, in most cases, the codes are not being put to their intended use.


Though physician burnout rates appear to be leveling off, the percentage of physicians reporting symptoms of burnout is still higher than 50% in most studies. While it may not be getting worse, the problem doesn’t seem to be getting any better.


Several recent studies have found that physician burnout is linked to multiple causes, with excessive administrative work related to electronic health records (EHR) and to quality reporting leading the way.


Physicians have been dealing with noncompliant patients for centuries. Even Hippocrates took note of the difficulty of treating patients that didn’t follow his advice, stating that “it is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than what sort of disease a person has.”


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