primary care

DiagnosticImaging.com – Editor’s Corner

I recently sought to find a new primary-care physician ‘who’s located closer to where my wife and I live.

It ended up being a lot harder than I thought. Either doctors don’t take our insurance, aren’t taking new patients, or just don’t have 15 minutes to spare in the next few months.

The primary-care physician shortage is real, people. I am sure you didn’t need me to tell you that, but it’s interesting to experience firsthand an issue that we seem to talk about every day.

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Health Affairs Blog

For several decades, there has been a general consensus that the nation would benefit from an increased supply of primary care practitioners, including physicians. Most reform efforts to improve health care, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have viewed an increased focus on primary care as essential for improving the delivery system and outcomes of care. According to the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) demand index, these efforts are beginning to pay off.

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New Hampshire Health and Human Services

Concord and Littleton, NH – Ammonoosuc Community Health Services (ACHS) has been recognized for achievement in a recent report from the Oral Health Workforce Research Center at the School of Public Health, University of Albany, State University of New York. ACHS was recognized for meeting a need in the community for more dental care through its new clinic and a partnership with the University of New England in Portland, Maine in the opening of a new dental school.

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Albany Times Union

In keeping with a growing demand for primary care doctors, job opportunities for the family practice physicians outweighed those for specialists last year, according to a study released Friday by the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies. The overall marketplace for new doctors appears strong, according to Trends in Demands for New Physicians, 2010-2014.

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Crain’s New York Business

New York City is getting a new medical school in Harlem with the goal of training more doctors to practice in underserved communities across the state. The CUNY School of Medicine will be located on the City College campus near 138th Street and will partner with the Bronx-based St. Barnabas Health System.

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Syracuse.com

As the healthcare delivery system continues to undergo significant changes in America, WalletHub recently released a comparison of the 50 states and the District of Columbia designed to identify 2015’s Best & Worst States for Doctors.We have all witnessed changes locally as with the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and the rise of hospital networks as with the affiliation of St. Joseph’s Hospital with Trinity Health. In addition, the rising costs of education have left the average medical school graduate with $176,000 of debt.

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