Physician Costs of Health Care Plans

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From BNet May 17th-BNet Health Care 

The largest and most detailed national survey of physician practices about their costs of dealing with health plans found that they spend $31 billion a year on it. According to the study, which was published in Health Affairs, physicians spend about three hours a week interacting with insurers; clinical and administrative staff devote much more time to it. Nurses bestow an average of 3.8 hours per physician per day on health plan work, and clerical staff invest 7.2 hours per physician per day, or 35.9 hours per week.

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Highlights: 

  • Primary care and small doctor offices spend more time handling health care plans. 
  • Health care plans cost the average practice $68,274 per physician per year. 
  • Cost continue to increase- 41% said costs increased a lot over the last 2 years. 
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