New primary care delivery approaches could reduce projected physician shortage

A RAND Corp. analysis concluded that several ongoing health care innovations could significantly reduce physician shortages projected to occur as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.RAND researchers examined how two models, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and the nurse-managed health center (NMHC), might impact future shortages of primary care physicians (PCPs). Concluding that shortage predictions may be “far from the mark,” researchers wrote that “projected physician shortages can be substantially reduced by using new models of primary care, even without increases in the number of physicians.”

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