and Healthcare Administrators More Optimistic Than Doctors about Obamacare
difference of opinion that makes horse races.
(1835-1910), Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calender
Merritt Hawkins and Associates have just released
a survey indicating healthcare administrators are more upbeat about their
choice of careers than doctors.
This is no doubt true when it comes to
Obamacare. The healthcare law favors
healthcare organizations over individual physician practices.
That’s why the health law advocates
Accountable Care Organizations, why they would like to see bundled bills
replace fee-for-service, why the favor the federal expansion of Medicaid. After
all, Obamacare basically offers government subsidies of at least 30 million
Medicaid and other underserved and underinsured populations.
Better to be paid by gvovenment for these people, than
privately swallow the loss. Besides, it’s much easier for government and administrators to
track and “hold accountable” large healthcare organizations than individuals or
To cope with Affordable Care Act regulations requires
application of administrative, capital, marketing, and technological
This reality plays to the administrators’
This is something they were
trained to do.
Not so for physicians,
who were trained to deal with one-on-one relationships with patients and with
How physicians will deal
with their new subservience to or partnerships with
administrators in now in the process of
In any event, here’s what Merritt Hawkins has to
say about different points of view of administrators and physicians.
‘It has been accepted wisdom in healthcare for
some time now that hospital and other healthcare facility administrators and
physicians look at things through very different lenses.”
“The survey examines the morale and professional
perspectives of over 400 alumni of Trinity University’s nationally prominent
Master’s in Health Care Administration Program who now are in leadership roles
in hospitals, medical groups and other healthcare facilities around the
country. In general, the survey found that morale and optimism among these
leaders is high, even given the current challenges facing virtually all types
of healthcare facilities.”
“Over 92% of survey respondents feel positively
about being in healthcare administration today, over 87% described their morale
as positive, 87% would recommend healthcare management as a career to young
people, and 86% would select healthcare management if they had their careers to
‘These findings contrast sharply with a national
survey of physicians Merritt Hawkins recently conducted on behalf of The Physicians Foundation
. In this survey,
only 32% of physicians felt positively about the medical profession, only 42%
described their morale as positive, only 42% would recommend medicine as a
career to young people, and only 66% would choose medicine if they had their
careers to do over.”
“For healthcare facility managers, the glass
appears to be half full, while for physicians, it appears to be half empty.
Though the survey report outlines some reasons why this may be so, I would be
interested in hearing what others think may be the cause for these contrasting
view. Those who would like a complete copy of survey results are welcome to
email me at email@example.com
Tweet: Hospital and healthcare administrators are
much more optimistic (92% positive) than physicians (32% positive about their
profession and the future.
Post a Comment