In a recent survey, 134 ob/gyns were asked about what they felt were the biggest challenges facing the specialty.
The 90th annual Medical Economics Physician Report was conducted by Readex Research in November 2018. The survey asked 134 ob/gyns about what they felt were the biggest challenges facing the specialty, but participants were able to select more than one response. Here's what they said.
Burden of paperwork/quality metrics
Of the 134 included ob/gyns, 95 said paperwork is a challenge for the specialty.
Inadequate reimbursement was reported as one of the specialty's biggest challenges by 89 of the 134 ob/gyns.
Sixty-six of 134 ob/gyns reported third-party interference (e.g. prior authorizations, non-formulary prescription approval, etc.) as one of their major challenges.
Electronic health records
More than half of the ob/gyns (84 of 134 participants) included in the survey reported EHRs as a major challenge.
Recruiting young physicians
Just 29 of 134 ob/gyns believe recruiting young physicians is a major challenge.
Growth of convenient care clinics
Thirteen of 134 ob/gyns highlighted the growth of convenient care clinics as a challenge facing the specialty.
A little more than a quarter of respondents (35 of 134) felt that malpractice and tort reform are challenges faced by ob/gyns.