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Resources by Topic: Physicians

Bringing the Doctor to the Patients: Cardiology Outreach to Rural Areas
Analyzed 30 year cardiologist rural outreach travel data from Iowa to determine factors impacting outreach decision-making and the impact on rural access to cardiology care. Discusses cardiologist distribution, predicted impacts of reduction in workforce, and policy measures to increase access to care, particularly for the most at risk rural outreach sites.
Author(s): J. Jason Bell, Sanghak Lee, Thomas Gruca
Citation: Journal of Marketing, 88(1)
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
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First-Ever Rural Physician and Advanced Practice Provider Compensation Survey
Recording of an October 11, 2023, webinar discussing results of a January 2023 survey of rural hospitals regarding physician and advanced-practice provider compensation. Presents results for primary care and specialty care providers by provider type, hospital system affiliation, and region. Highlights factors that influence compensation and nurse practitioner practice environments by state. Transcript available in the video description.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 10/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Association, Stroudwater Associates
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Medicare: Performance-Based and Geographic Adjustments to Physician Payments
Statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, summarizing the Government Accountability Organization's (GAO) 2021 reports on the Quality Payment Program and the two tracks it established to incentivize Medicare providers and its 2022 report on geographic adjustments to physician payments. Includes information on the participation of providers in rural and underserved areas in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the challenges these providers face in transitioning to APMs.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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October 2023 MedPAC Meeting Transcript
Transcript from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) October 2023 meeting. Covers updates to Medicare payment rates for clinician services, staffing ratios and turnover rates in nursing facilities, an alternative method to establish Medicare payments for select conditions treated in inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and a work plan relating to generic drug prices under Medicare Part D. Includes rural references and considerations throughout. Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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MedPAC Payment Basics
Series of briefs providing an of Medicare payment systems. Covers payments systems including Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, hospital acute inpatient services, and more.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Payment Basics: Physician and Other Health Professional Payment System
Overview of Medicare payments for physician services conducted in a variety of settings including physicians' offices, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, skilled nursing facilities and other post-acute care settings, hospices, outpatient dialysis facilities, clinical laboratories, and beneficiaries' homes.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Federal Start-Up Funding and Technical Assistance to Grow Graduate Medical Education in Rural and Underserved Areas
One-page brief offering information about the Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program, which provides start-up grants up to $500,000 to establish new medical and dental residency programs. Features statistics including number of new accredited programs.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: THCGME.org
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Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents: Many Job Choices, Many Reservations
Reports on survey results from final-year residents regarding their career plans after residency training. Analyzes 241 responses from 2023 and includes survey data related to issues such as recruiting, expected income, preferred practice location, medical debt, and more. Compares 2023, 2021, and 2019 survey results and includes discussion about physician recruitment to rural areas.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AMN Healthcare
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Demographic Characteristics and Work Experiences of Physician Scientists in the U.S.: Analysis of the 2022 National Sample Survey of Physicians (NSSP)
Compares demographics and work experience of physician scientists versus peers not engaged in research. Highlights similarities that physician scientists share with the broader physician workforce and ways in which their experiences diverge. Features demographics and statistics including population density in community of origin, with breakdowns by urban, suburban, or rural area.
Author(s): Alyssa Browne
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Medical Colleges
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US Pediatric Primary Care Physician Workforce in Rural Areas, 2010 to 2020
Research letter assessing the growth and distribution of the general pediatrician and family medicine physician workforce from 2010-2020 across U.S. counties, and identifying sociodemographic characteristics of counties lacking these physicians. Features statistics with breakdowns by partly rural, entirely rural, and total counties.
Author(s): Tarun Ramesh, Hao Yu
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 6(9)
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
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