A Primary Care Panel Size of 2500 Is neither Accurate nor Reasonable. Melanie Raffoul, MD, Miranda Moore, PhD, Doug Kamerow, MD, MPH and Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.04.150317 J Am Board Fam Med July-August. >>read more
It's widely recognized that primary care patients are much more complex with a higher burden of multi-morbidity than they were 20-30 years ago. Early estimates of panel sizes came from those days when over half of all visits were for simple uncomplicated acute illnesses such as sore throats or urinary tract infections. With this increased complexity of patients, combined with increased burden of EMR documentation, and high levels of burnout among primary care physicians, both the myth of the 2,500 or even 2,000 patient panel size AND the 15-20 minute appointment length need to be revisited.
-- Michael Parchman