There are less than 5,600 rheumatologists practicing in the U.S. that can treat over 120 rheumatic conditions. By 2030, the demand for rheumatologists is projected to exceed supply by over 4,700 rheumatologists, mostly due to retiring physicians. Over 54 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed by a physician with a rheumatic disease, but that number increases to over 90 million who have not been officially diagnosed—approximately 1 in 3 Americans. It can take almost 7 weeks for a rheumatologist referral from a primary care doctor, and even once referred many patients experience a 30-plus day wait time for their initial rheumatologist appointment, and over 27% of patients have to wait more than 61 days. There is also a shortage of rheumatologists in rural and underserved areas, which is expected to widen over the next 15 years.
nodMD addresses and solves these pain points. Contact us today to find out how easy it is to fill provider gaps, conduct a provider-to-provider consultation for quick answers and to refer patients to our virtual specialists for support through the continuum of care and to avoid readmissions.