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Does A Physician's Work Ever End?
Patient care doesn’t stop because it’s the weekend. Many providers share rounds and on-call activity for the 365 days that make a year. Visiting hospitals and practices on weekdays, I regularly wonder if their work ever slows down on the weekends, and if so by how much?

At pMD we have access to a lot of interesting data. Through the pMD charge capture app, providers record detailed descriptions of their encounters with patients. This data not only facilitates billing and reimbursements for a practice, but also serves as critical communication between providers. Looking at this data, we can get a rough measure of the volume of patients seen by our doctors and mid-levels throughout an average week.

Looking at visit counts for two full years (2012 & 2013) and across all of our specialties around the country, we get the chart below:

 

So it looks like work slows down in sheer volume, but still more than 20% of patient encounters occur on the weekend, and most likely among fewer covering providers.
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