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March 10, 2017

Issue Brief Examines Primary Care Physician Shortage

Primary care is a crucial component of the U.S. healthcare system. Successful management of chronic disease as well as effective preventive care are vital to ensuring good outcomes for patients and controlling healthcare spending. While there is a primary care physician shortage nationwide that is only expected to grow with time, other clinicians – including advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants – are playing an important role in meeting the primary care needs of the population and will continue to do so in the future.

Click below for highlights from The Center for Health Affairs' Issue Brief on the primary care physician shortage.

The Center's March 2017 Issue BriefBridging the Gap: APRNs, PAs & the Primary Care Physician Shortage provides an overview of the advanced practice registered nurse and physician assistant workforce, delves into the primary care physician shortage, and discusses opportunities that these professionals have to work together to ensure the primary care needs of the population are met into the future.

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