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Study: Primary Care Access Is A Problem for 62 million Americans And Growing

Access to primary care remains a challenge for 62 million Americans A new study shows the primary care physician shortage leaves millions with inadequate access to care By Allison Ritchie for Medical Economics Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have obtained health insurance, but new research shows that those newly insured won’t be […]

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‘Silent Exodus’ From Medicine Threatens Patient Access to Care, Study Says

October 16, 2012 11:30 am James Arvantes – The nation’s physicians are disengaging from the practice of medicine by working fewer hours and seeing fewer patients. This silent exodus from the medical profession, driven by changes in the practice environment, has reduced patient access to physician services.   That’s one of the key findings of […]

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Doctors Become Reluctant Employees As Many Are Forced Out of Private Practice

By The Medicus Firm DALLAS, Feb. 21, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ — As consolidation in healthcare continues, and more mergers and acquisitions occur, many physicians are becoming employees and less interested in private practice ownership. How do physicians feel about the transition from practicing as an owner or partner of a practice, to practicing as an employee? The […]

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Apprehensive, Many Doctors Shift to Jobs With Salaries

By ELISABETH ROSENTHALFEB. 13, 2014 American physicians, worried about changes in the health care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following. Last year, 64 percent of job offers filled through Merritt Hawkins, one of the nation’s leading physician placement firms, involved hospital […]

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ACA fueling patient anxiety about primary care

February 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns – Associate Editor The viability of the primary care model is being called into question by patients who aren’t so certain about where the traditional PCP way of life can go from here — and that could shape emerging models for physician practices. A whopping 69 percent of patients expressed […]

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What is the main cause of the primary care crisis?

STEPHEN C. SCHIMPFF, MD | POLICY | Primary care physicians (PCPs) have too little time per patient which means too many referrals to specialists, too little time listening and thinking, no time to delve into the stress or emotional causes of many symptoms and substantial frustration by PCP and patient alike. Previously in this continuing series on primary care and […]

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Study: Average Wait for Doctor’s Appointment in Cities Was 18.5 Days

New patients in 15 U.S. metropolitan cities in 2013 had to wait an average of 18.5 days to see a doctor, compared with 20.4 days in 2009, the year before the Affordable Care Act was enacted, according to a new Merritt Hawkins study, Kaiser Health News/Washington Post‘s “Wonkblog” reports. Study Details For the study, researchers contacted between […]

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Do We Really Have A Physician Shortage?

By Greg Scandlen Filed under Health Alerts on February 3, 2014 A little while ago Scott Gottleib and Zeke Emmanuel co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times pooh-poohing the concern about physician shortages. So certain are they that conventional wisdom is wrong that the piece is headlined, “No, There Won’t be a Doctor Shortage.” Right, and “if you like your health plan, […]

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Are We About To Face A Severe Doctor Shortage?

By John C. Goodman, National Center For Policy Analysis, December 11, 2013 “No, there won’t be a doctor shortage,” wrote Zeke Emanuel and Scott Gottlieb in The New York Times the other day. ObamaCare will weather that challenge just fine. How? Nurses and other paramedic personnel can substitute for physicians and new technology is making […]

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Doctor, Nurse Vacancies Soar Amid Obamacare Rollout

Doctor and nurse vacancies are approaching nearly 20 percent at hospitals as these facilities prepare to be inundated by millions of patients who have the ability to pay for medical care thanks to the Affordable Care Act. A survey by health care provider staffing firm AMN Healthcare shows the vacancy rate for physicians at hospitals near 18 percent in […]

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ACA Will Test Consumers’s Loyalty To Their Doctors- Will Concierge Medicine Catch Their Eyes?

Over one-third may switch doctors—if the price is right SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 25, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new HealthPocket consumer survey found that 34 percent of respondents are motivated to reduce their health plan costs versus keep their doctor. When survey takers were asked, “If changing from your doctor to another doctor could save […]

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Physician Practice Satisfaction: Why We Should Care

Francis J. Crosson and Lawrence Casalino on Health Affairs Blog, May 9th, 2013 In less than nine months millions of Americans will receive new health care coverage through provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Most observers believe that strong physician leadership can help heath care reform succeed, through the optimization of care quality and cost management. […]

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Solo Practice Doctors Become Endangered Species

Can alternative practice models like concierge medicine or direct primary care save them? Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star, April 6, 2013 VIDEO Ted Hole knows he’s a dinosaur. In an age of electronic records, the 63-year-old family practice doctor from Ventura tracks hundreds of patients in paper files that layer shelves and weigh down filing […]

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Doctors Driven to Bankruptcy- Could Concierge Medicine Have Saved Them?

By Parija Kavilanz @CNNMoney April 8, 2013 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) As many doctors struggle to keep their practices financially sound, some are buckling under money woes and being pushed into bankruptcy. It’s a trend that’s accelerated in recent years, industry experts say, with potentially serious consequences for doctors and patients. Some physicians are still able […]

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How to Beat the Doctor Shortage: Concierge Medicine

Big changes ahead for patients For years, Marcia Andrews visited the same internist in Washington, D.C. Then she turned 65, got her Medicare card and had to find a new doctor: Her internist was not accepting Medicare patients. Primary care doctors are in such demand now that they can choose not to accept Medicare, whose […]

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How the surplus of patients will impact primary care

by DIKE DRUMMOND, MD on October 2nd, 2012 I believe the projected shortage of physicians caused by the Affordable Care Act will drive primary care into two opposite tracks. Each is a distinct and logical response to the patient overload and each points out gaping holes in our medical education that must be addressed. The […]

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The Physician Burnout Epidemic: What It Means for Patients and Reform

ELAINE SCHATTNER, August 22, 2012, The Atlantic Almost half of U.S. physicians report at least one symptom of exhaustion or significant dissatisfaction. That has resonant implications across the national healthcare and economic discussions, as well as for patients. In a large analysis published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers at the Mayo Clinic […]

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John C. Goodman: Why the Doctor Can’t See You

By JOHN C. GOODMAN Are you having trouble finding a doctor who will see you? If not, give it another year and a half. A doctor shortage is on its way. Most provisions of the Obama health law kick in on Jan. 1, 2014. Within the decade after that, an additional 30 million people are […]

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Addressing the Physician Shortage Under Reform

By Sarah Mann, Associations of American Medical Colleges Given the likelihood that more people will enter the health care system in coming years following passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is equally likely that more doctors will be needed to treat them. Recognizing the growing gulf between physician supply and patient demand, medical […]

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