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AACOM Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Primary Care Workforce, Enhance Opportunities for Those Seeking Careers in Primary Care

June 14, 2013

Contact:
Pamela Murphy
Director of Government Relations
301-968-4151
pmurphy@aacom.org

June 14, 2013—AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, announces the association’s strong support of the “Building a Health Care Workforce for the Future Act,” recently introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO).

“Addressing the physician workforce shortage crisis in the U.S. requires the development and implementation of comprehensive, innovative, and cost-effective solutions," said Dr. Shannon. "AACOM offers its strong support of this critical bipartisan legislation, which aims to build a sufficient primary care workforce for the future by increasing opportunities for medical schools to support students engaging in initiatives such as those in which primary care physicians take a leadership role in delivery system reform. AACOM applauds Senators Reed and Blunt for their leadership on this legislation, as well as their commitment to building a stronger primary care workforce for the nation.”

With the number of insured Americans expected to increase by about 32 million as a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the need to develop solutions to the primary care workforce shortage has never been more important. The “Building a Health Care Workforce for the Future Act” is a vital step toward ensuring a well-trained physician workforce capable of meeting the current and impending health care needs of the nation by setting priorities such as:

  • Expanding upon the success of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs by supporting state-based scholarship programs with additional federal funding;
  • Increasing mentorship opportunities by authorizing grants to medical schools for students who are interested in primary care;
  • Improving competencies by authorizing grants to medical schools in priority areas, including educational innovations in promoting the patient-centered medical home; primary and behavioral health integration; cultural competency; and team-based care; and
  • Reducing substantial administrative burdens on physicians by examining how documentation requirements for cognitive service can successfully be modified for electronic records without weakening patient care.

AACOM strongly supports this critical legislation and will continue to work closely with Congress to support its passage.

View Senator Reed’s
news release on the “Building a Health Care Workforce for the Future Act.”