In September 2011, the American Hospital Association (AHA) convened a roundtable of clinical and health systems experts to examine the future primary care workforce needs of patients, as well as the role hospitals and health care systems can play in effectively delivering primary care. The AHA chose to focus on primary care access in light of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will provide access to insurance coverage to an estimated additional 32 million Americans, beginning in 2014. The roundtable members included nine physician and nurse leaders who were asked to develop a set of recommendations that hospitals and health care systems could use as they plan workforce strategies to meet the upcoming demands for primary care services. The findings presented in this white paper reflect this group’s discussion and recommendations on two fronts: first, how to define workforce roles for a new primary care environment; and second, developing a new, more effective model of primary care delivery that encompasses the birth to end-of-life continuum. These recommendations take into account a variety of facility resources, including those related to finances and staffing, that must be considered if the redesign is to be successful.
Originally Published By American Hospital Association
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