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A Perfect Storm: Changes Impacting Medicare Threaten Primary Care Access in Underserved...

Jun 15, 2008 - A convergence of three policies could reduce physician Medicare payments by 14.9 to 22.3 percent in 2008, which could jeopardize access for Medicare beneficiaries in underserved areas. Congress and the Executive Branch should coordinate their roles in setting Medicare payment policy, ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0615/p1738.html

Physician Distribution and Access: Priorities for Physician Workforce Policy - Graham ...

May 15, 2008 - Most Primary Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) exceed federal population-to-physician designation criteria, yet struggle to maintain access to primary care physicians. Policy options for recruiting and retaining primary care physicians to HPSAs, and new HPSA criteria that ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0515/p1378.html

Why There Must Be Room For Mental Health in the Medical Home - Graham Center Policy ...

Mar 15, 2008 - Most people with poor mental health are cared for in primary care settings, despite many barriers. Efforts to provide everyone a medical home will require the inclusion of mental health care if it is to succeed in improving care and reducing costs. Major primary care organizations have ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0315/p757.html

Behavioral Change Counseling in the Medical Home - Graham Center Policy One-Pagers - ...

Nov 15, 2007 - Health-related behavioral counseling can and should be a central offering in the medical home. Primary care practices currently address unhealthy behaviors with their patients, but most practices lack the integrated approaches needed to effectively change these behaviors. Revisions in ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/1115/p1472.html

Rural Origins and Choosing Family Medicine Predict Future Rural Practice - Graham ...

Jul 15, 2007 - The shortage of physicians in U.S. rural practice may impact access to health care for one in five citizens. Two medical student characteristics that predict eventual practice in rural settings are clear: being born in a rural county and choosing a residency in family medicine.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0715/p207.html

Medical School Expansion: An Immediate Opportunity to Meet Rural Health Care Needs - ...

Jul 15, 2007 - The first expansion of allopathic medical education in 35 years is under way; this could eliminate rural physician shortage areas if students more likely to practice in rural areas are preferentially admitted and supported.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0715/p208.html

Will Medical School Expansion Help Diversify the Physician Workforce? - Graham Center ...

Jul 1, 2007 - The racial/ethnic composition of U.S. medical schools does not reflect the U.S. population. With proper planning, the current medical school expansion could improve physician diversity and reduce health disparities.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0701/p38.html

Use of Patient Registries in U.S. Primary Care Practices - Graham Center Policy ...

Jun 1, 2007 - Patient registries are necessary for high-quality health care, but even in innovative practices, their presence and utilization is inadequate. Registry uptake in primary care may be enhanced by improving the functionality of electronic health records (EHRs) and implementing payment ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0601/p1629.html

Imperative Integration: Medical Care for Older Patients - Graham Center Policy ...

Oct 1, 2006 - The ecology of medical care changes for older people, with increases in usage of residential and institutional care, emergency departments, and home care. Care integrated across multiple settings, as is proposed for new models of primary care, is essential for the care of older patients.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/1001/p1105.html

The Diminishing Role of FPs in Caring for Children - Graham Center Policy One-Pagers - ...

May 1, 2006 - Nationwide, family physicians (FPs) deliver a smaller proportion of the outpatient care of children than they did 10 years ago. Millions of children depend on FPs for care. Family medicine should reevaluate how it will contribute to the care of the nation's children.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0501/p1518.html

Family Physicians Help Meet the Emergency Care Needs of Rural America - Graham Center ...

Apr 1, 2006 - Ensuring access to emergency care in rural areas remains a challenge. High costs and low patient volumes make 100 percent staffing of rural emergency departments (EDs) by emergency medicine residency-trained physicians (EPs) unlikely. As rurality increases, so does the dependence on ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0401/p1163.html

Medicare Part D: Who Wins, Who Loses? - Graham Center Policy One-Pagers - American ...

Feb 1, 2006 - The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit aims to relieve the burden of out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for persons older than 65 years, but its effects will vary. Persons with low income and those without prior prescription coverage are projected to save the most, whereas ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0201/p401.html

Out-of-Pocket Prescription Costs a Continuing Burden Under Medicare Part D - Graham ...

Feb 1, 2006 - Of 29 million expected Part D beneficiaries, 6.9 million are projected to have annual out-of-pocket medication expenses greater than $750. Accounting for one fourth of all Part D enrollees, these beneficiaries also are most likely to have high aggregate health care costs, putting them ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0201/p402.html

Mind the Gap: Medicare Part D's Coverage Gaps May Affect Patient Adherence - Graham ...

Feb 1, 2006 - Medicare Part D will lower medication expenditures for many older patients. However, its complex design incorporates a staggered series of cost-sharing mechanisms that create gaps in coverage and may have a negative impact on medication adherence.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0201/p404.html

Who Will Have Health Insurance in 2025? - Graham Center Policy One-Pagers - American ...

Nov 15, 2005 - If current trends continue, U.S. health insurance costs will consume the average household’s annual income by 2025. As health care becomes unaffordable for most people in the United States, it will be necessary to implement innovative models to move the system in a more equitable and ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p1989.html

Excess, Shortage, or Sufficient Physician Workforce: How Could We Know? - Graham Center...

Nov 1, 2005 - At least three models have been used to project the future physician workforce, and each produces different results. No physician workforce predictions can be relied on until there is more consideration of and agreement on desired health outcomes and what physicians must do to achieve ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1101/p1670.html

Physician Workforce: Legal Immigrants Will Extend Baby Boom Demands - Graham Center ...

Oct 15, 2005 - The baby boom generation will place large demands on the Medicare program and the U.S. health care system. These demands may be extended by a large legal immigrant population that will become Medicare-eligible soon after the baby boom generation does. The U.S. health care system should ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1015/p1459.html

Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Workforce Trends - Graham Center Policy ...

Oct 1, 2005 - The physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner (NP) workforces have realized explosive growth, but this rate of growth may be declining. Most PAs work outside primary care; however, the contributions of PAs and NPs to primary care and interdisciplinary teams should not be neglected.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1001/p1176.html

Number of Persons Who Consulted a Physician, 1997 and 2002 - Graham Center Policy ...

Sep 15, 2005 - Most people in the United States consult a general physician each year, and some see other subspecialists. However, the proportion of people consulting a general physician who sees adults and children appears to be declining.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0915/p1007.html

Patterns of Visits to Physicians' Offices, 1980 to 2003 - Graham Center Policy ...

Sep 1, 2005 - In the past quarter century, the number of office visits to physicians in the United States increased from 581 million per year to 838 million per year, with slightly more than one half of total visits since 1980 being made to primary care physicians. Most visits to primary care ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0901/p762.html

Osteopathic Physicians and the Family Medicine Workforce - Graham Center Policy ...

Aug 15, 2005 - Historically, osteopathic physicians have made an important contribution to the primary care workforce. More than one half of osteopathic physicians are primary care physicians, and most of these are family physicians. However, the proportion of osteopathic students choosing family ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0815/p583.html

Who Filled First-Year Family Medicine Residency Positions from 1991 to 2004? - Graham ...

Aug 1, 2005 - Graduates of U.S. allopathic schools have filled less than one half of the family medicine positions offered in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match since 2001. Overall fill rates in July have been relatively stable at approximately 94 percent. Family medicine has become ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0801/p392.html

Physician Workforce: The Special Case of Health Centers and the National Health Service...

Jul 15, 2005 - Federally funded health centers and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) depend on family physicians (FPs) and general practitioners (GPs) to meet the needs of millions of medically underserved people. Policy makers and workforce planners should consider how changes in the ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0715/p235.html

The Family Physician Workforce: The Special Case of Rural Populations - Graham Center ...

Jul 1, 2005 - People living outside metropolitan areas, especially those living in rural counties, depend on family physicians. Resolving the disparities in physician distribution nationwide will require solutions to make rural practice a viable option for more health care workers.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0701/p147.html

Family Physicians and the Primary Care Physicians Workforce in 2004 - Graham Center ...

Jun 15, 2005 - In 2004, there were 91,600 family physicians (FPs) and general practitioners (GPs) and 222,000 primary care physicians actively caring for patients, one for every 1,321 persons. These primary care physicians represent the largest and best-trained primary care physician workforce that ...

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0615/p2260.html

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