20 Jul Potential Cuts to Primary Care Training
One of the pillars of Hope Street Group’s strategic recommendations to reinvent primary care may have a harder time being realized based on recent events. Funding for Primary Care GME has become a potential target in the deficit reduction process. Hope Street Group believes that it is essential to recruit, training and retain the optimal primary care work force.
The future U.S. workforce should reflect the re-orientation toward national health outcomes over delivery and identify ways to optimize each health worker’s role to achieve better results. We should provide renewed support for the “highest and best” use of each health care professional’s skill set so that providers are using their training to its maximum value to the health system. This more effective division of labor frees physicians to manage higher-acuity patients, capitalizing on the distinct differences in training while safely and effectively delivering care through an interdisciplinary team-based approach.
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