Obama Administration Says Recruiting, Training and Retaining Primary Care Physicians a 'Top Priority'
With a likely eye on the coming 2012 presidential election, the White House issued a news release on Wednesday touting the advancements the Administration has made in the area of primary care since President Obama took office.
"Together, the Affordable Care Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and ongoing federal investments in the healthcare workforce have led to significant progress in training new primary care providers," writes the White House.
In the announcement, the Administration lists the following as ways it has stimulated primary care:
- Tripling the number of healthcare providers in the National Health Service Corps.
- Setting aside $230 million in the PPACA to increase the number of medical residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants trained in primary care.
- Establishing the Teaching Health Center Program, a part of the PPACA that aims to move primary care training into community-based settings.
- 4. Providing $10 million in 2012 to support mental health training.
- 5. Redistributing unused residency positions to open up spots for the training of primary care physicians.
- Providing $50 million each year for the next four years, through the PPACA, to train advanced practice nurses.
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