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New $250 Million Investment Strengthens Primary Healthcare Workforce

A series of new investments made possible by the Affordable Care Act will increase the number of healthcare providers and strengthen the primary care workforce, according to HHS.

Building on the earlier investments made by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Affordable Care Act, particularly for the National Health Service Corps, the new investments will support the training and development of more than 16,000 new primary care providers over the next five years.

The new investments in the primary care workforce are the first allocation from the new $500 million Prevention and Public Health fund for 2010. Half of this fund — $250 million — will be used to boost the supply of primary care providers in this country by providing new resources for:

  • Creating additional primary care residency slots: $168 million for training more than 500 new PCPs by 2015.
  • Supporting physician assistant training in primary care: $32 million for supporting the development of more than 600 new physician assistants, who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physician, and can be trained in a shorter period of time compared to physicians.
  • Encouraging students to pursue full-time nursing careers: $30 million for encouraging over 600 nursing students to attend school full-time so that they have better odds of completing their education.
  • Establishing new nurse practitioner-led clinics: $15 million for the operation of 10 nurse-managed health clinics, which assist in the training of nurse practitioners. These clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners, which provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to populations living in medically underserved communities.
  • Encouraging states to plan for and address health professional workforce needs: $5 million for states to plan and implement innovative strategies to expand their primary care workforce by 10 to 25 percent over 10 years to meet increased demand for primary care services.

Communities across the country have long suffered from a shortage of primary care providers. Without action, experts project a continued primary care shortfall due to the needs of an aging population and a decline in the number of medical students choosing primary care. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimated that the nation would have a shortage of approximately 21,000 primary care physicians (PCPs) in 2015.


Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 16, 2010

2010 Medical Home Performance Benchmarks: Adoption, Utilization and Results

This resource is the Healthcare Intelligence Network's second annual analysis of awareness, adoption, tools, technologies, challenges, benefits and outcomes of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care.

2010 Medical Home Performance Benchmarks: Adoption, Utilization and Results is available from the Healthcare Intelligence Network for $159 by visiting our Online Bookstore or by calling toll-free (888) 446-3530.

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