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News by Topic: Physicians

Jan 20, 2023 - Due to the recent deaths of two physicians who practiced in Molokai, Hawaii, there are now fewer than four fulltime equivalent primary care doctors serving about 7,000 residents on the island. An additional 776 physicians are needed in Hawaii to meet patient demand, and the greatest shortage is in primary care.
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat
Jan 10, 2023 - A new study shows that rural Michigan residents are much more likely to develop skin cancer than those in urban areas. The researchers say contributing factors include a lack of dermatologists in many rural areas, a greater percentage of people who work outdoors, and a higher number of light-skinned people, who are more likely to develop cancer.
Source: Great Lakes Echo
Jan 9, 2023 - Announces that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the first 200 of 1,000 Medicare-funded physician residency slots to 100 teaching hospitals across 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. One hundred twenty-five of the residency slots are allocated for primary care, including obstetrics/gynecology, and 20 slots are allocated for psychiatry.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 4, 2023 - Announcement of public meetings of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) to take place throughout the 2023 calendar year. The COGME makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on policy and program development for section 762 of Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act). Agenda items may include a discussion of topics surrounding the rural health workforce and training. Draft agendas and meeting materials will be posted 30 calendar days before each meeting.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 29, 2022 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcing the 2023 meetings of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which will include discussion and voting on proposals for physician-focused payment models (PFPMs). The 2023 meeting dates are: March 2-3, June 12-13, September 18-19, and December 4-5.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 20, 2022 - Data from the Alabama Department of Public Health show that 23 Alabama counties have no local pediatrician. Many younger physicians are reluctant to practice in rural areas, out of concern that work-life balance will be difficult to maintain if they are the only doctor in their community.
Dec 15, 2022 - Announces that 3 Maine organizations will share $2.25 million in new state and federal funding to expand training and career opportunities for health care professionals in rural Maine communities. The awards are partly funded by the governor's Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan, which will be used to recruit and support clinical supervisors in rural health systems and to expand Graduate Medical Education programs.
Source: Mainebiz
Dec 15, 2022 - Describes a new study showing that family medicine physicians in rural areas tend to be less comfortable providing sexual risk reduction counseling to adolescents compared with physicians in urban areas, including conversations around HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). A total of 256 family medicine physicians completed an online survey between July 15 and August 9, 2022.
Source: AJMC