With just over 8 months on the job left to go, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday he now has "an obsession with the plight of independent physicians."
Since January, acting administrator Andy Slavitt and other members of agency have been traveling around the country listening to thousands of doctors complain about their electronic health record (EHR) systems, poor payment for their time, burnout, and confusion over quality metric requirements.
And all of this without measureable improvements in care for their patients.
It's all put the healthcare workforce on a precarious edge, he said in so many words.
Especially the primary care workforce. And that's a major problem, he told those assembled at the seventh annual Health Datapalooza conference here.
Because "knowing as we all do that if we don't invest in primary care, we'll invest double or triple when people get unnecessarily sick.