New Solutions to Primary-Care Access Needed

accessPhysician assistants and nurse practitioners increasingly are specializing and can’t be counted on to provide the solution to the nation’s shortage of primary-care providers, a report by the American Academy of Family Physicians concluded Continue reading

Mexicali Tour, From Tummy Tuck to Root Canal

Tourists often come to border towns looking for some kind of illicit adventure, trotting among the bars, strip joints and seedy motels that dot the streets. Here, though, the visitors are searching for something more basic: a root canal they can afford or surgery they have been putting off for months. Continue reading

Patients Often Use ED Even When Primary Care Is Available

As national healthcare reform proceeds, hospitals that have benefited financially from high use of emergency departments (EDs) by routine primary care patients will be challenged to retool primary care delivery and payment methods, according to a research letter published in the February 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Karen E. Lasker, MD, MPH, from the Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine, and the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, in Massachusetts, and colleagues analyzed the use of ED services by established primary care patients at BMC, a safety-net hospital, between July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2010. They found that about half of all ED primary care visits took place during weekdays when primary care practices were open and seeing patients.

BMC has 8 primary care practices Continue reading

Primary Care Shortage Linked to Crowded Emergency Rooms

Due to shortage of Primary Care Physicians, more people are using the emergency department for health services.

A recent study by the University of Colorado school of Medicine published in the Archives of Internal Medicine explains that insurance coverage alone will not eliminate the access of care.

The expanded health insurance coverage required by the recent passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) is focused on increasing access to health insurance coverage, reducing healthcare cost and access to care for millions of Americans. But due to the shortage Continue reading