The Cost of IT


In 2012, the cost for IT was $19,439 per full-time physician in each office.  Since 2008, that has increased 28%.    Medical practices also reported increases in median staffing costs of 9%.   Who can afford this?  Even worse, does anyone see this getting better?  I don’t.  With the upcoming ICD-10, bogus quality indicators, benchmarks to nowhere, and stricter and more obscene insurance company mandates (prior authorizations, etc), the IT will only get more expensive and we will need more staff to perform the useless tasks.  Is it any wonder that getting off the grid and moving into direct primary care is the wave of the future?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “The Cost of IT

  1. Bridget Reidy
    December 20, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I think no one’s commenting because we all agree. How is it I still frequently read about IT making us more efficient?

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