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December 6, 2013

Healio.com Publishes Article on Potential Impact on Physicians Due to Affordable Care Act

New Primary Care Models Could Reduce Forecasted U.S. Physician Shortage 

Thorofare, NJ – Healio.com, a website for specialty physicians published by SLACK Incorporated, has posted a story on a RAND Corporation analysis that concludes how two new emerging health care models could reduce projected physician shortages due to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expected increase in physician demand.

The story, posted on December 4, 2013 and entitled “New primary care delivery approaches could reduce projected physician shortage,” states that a physician shortage due to the ACA could be narrowed by using either one or both of two emerging primary care models: the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and the nurse-managed health center (NMHC). The PCMH model consists of a provider team including physicians, advanced practice and other nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, educators and care coordinators. The NMHC model delivers care with nurse practitioners functioning as the primary providers. This model functions as nursing centers or nurse-led clinics. RAND researchers estimate that by the year 2025, the share of primary care physicians will diminish from 71% to 60% and that utilizing one or both of these models should help ease the shortage burden.

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SLACK Incorporated, publisher of Healio.com, is a leading provider of information to targeted health care specialties. SLACK produces 42 publications in print and online; publishes more than 250 medical and allied health books; creates custom print and Internet-related projects; and produces convention daily newspapers and meeting supplements for a growing number of health care meetings. Healio.com provides daily news, videos, online education, meeting coverage and more. For more information, visit slackinc.com.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.

For more information, contact Lee Gaymon, Senior Director, Audience Development & Marketing, at lgaymon@slackinc.com, 856.848.1000 ext. 356.

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