Are doctors spending too much time on paperwork? According to CNBC, medical bills are the number one reason for Americans to declare bankruptcy — overtaking credit card bills and unpaid house mortgages. The medical coding, billing, and collection process is long, complicated, and sometimes even left unresolved. Many argue that medical coding and billing is taking up too much of doctors’ time — time that may otherwise be spent diagnosing and caring for patients. How many hours do doctors devote to paperwork, and what are some alternatives?
Doctors Lost in Piles of Paperwork
The New York Times reports, “Paperwork, or documentation, takes up as much as a third of a physician’s workday; and for many practicing doctors, these administrative tasks have become increasi