What's being done to curb physician shortages

Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine

Posted Feb. 13, 2012

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About half of doctors remain in states where they finish their residencies. But the other half move away. American Medical News has examined what states, medical schools and others are doing to attract physicians to underserved areas and ensure an adequate supply nationwide.

How states are keeping doctors from moving out

Physician shortages are expected to reach 62,900 by 2015 and 91,500 by 2020. States have responded by opening new medical schools and offering incentives such as scholarships and loan repayment programs to keep doctors from moving elsewhere. Read more

Medical school's partnership with 5 hospitals aims to ease physician shortages

A Florida medical school teamed up with five area hospitals to expand residency training and bring more physicians to the area. Read more

Health care work force report questions how to plan for future

Incomplete data on certain health professions hinders policymakers' ability to plan work force needs, according to an analysis by a Washington think tank. The report said work force planning does not account for regional differences, new technology and potential consumer engagement in health care delivery. Read more

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Confronting bias against obese patients

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American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

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Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

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Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

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Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

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How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

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Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

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Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

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