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Future Doc Shortage Overstated?

A new study suggests that the Affordable Care Act may not lead to the shortage of primary care physicians previously anticipated.

health affairsAccording to a new study by the RAND Corporation, earlier projections were based on physician practices not altering the manner in which they serve their patients and also ignored Affordable Care Act provisions that envisioned a greater role in the delivery of primary care for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  Specifically, these professionals are expected to be heavily involved in nurse-managed health centers and patient-centered medical homes.

As a result, the need for more primary care physicians may be only about 50 percent of earlier projections.

Read more about this issue here, in the journal Health Affairs.

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