Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s sweeping report on health worker burn out listed five steps that insurers and payers could take to reduce the burden of burn out.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s report on health worker burnout this week didn’t limit its recommendations to hospitals and other direct employers of health workers. The 76-page report cast a wide net, identifying steps that government entities, academic institutions, family members and healthcare workers themselves could take to prevent and lessen burn out.
Insurers and payers are among those mentioned that could take steps to deal with the burn out problem. The COVID-19 has worsened the burn out problem among those working in healthcare. The Surgeon General’s report says it was a crisis even before the pandemic when between 35% and 54% of nurses and physicians were reporting burnout and even greater proportion of medical students and residents.
The report mentions five steps that insurers and payers could take.