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View Diary: The ACA and Our Doctor Shortage (149 comments)

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  •  What the ACA does: (8+ / 0-)
    Building primary care capacity through Medicare and Medicaid: Currently, there are unused Medicare-funded resident training slots. The Affordable Care Act reallocates Medicare resources to primary care residencies in underserved areas of the country. Teaching hospitals benefiting from the additional slots must ensure that the number of primary care residents is not reduced and at least 75 percent of the slots received must be in primary care or general surgery for at least five years. Medicare will provide a 10 percent bonus payment for primary care provided by qualified physicians from 2011-2015. In addition, Medicaid payment rates to primary care physicians will be increased in 2013 and 2014 to at least 100 percent of associated Medicare rates.  Emphasizing the critical importance of primary care by providing financial incentives will build capacity in underserved areas.

    Why is it that a 3% tax increase for the wealthy is considered "socialism" and an 8% wage cut for the middle class is "doing your part"? MartyM

    by delphine on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 07:43:51 AM PDT

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