Thursday, July 19, 2012

Report: Higher Payments Are No Cure For Doctor Shortage

Earlier this week, Jordan Rau, reporting for Kaiser Health News, detailed a recent report by the Institute of Medicine that recommended that Medicare should not raise reimbursements to lure practitioners to rural areas. The panel of experts suggested that instead of raising reimbursements, Medicare should provide payment for the use of telemedicine, in addition to supporting the expansion of scope of practice laws in restrictive states. By promoting the use of advanced practice nurses, the IOM believes it is possible to close the primary care physician gap using the existing workforce and network of resources currently available.

To read more about the report, click here.

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