[MMA News Now, July 24, 2014]
Jeremy Springer, M.D., chair of the MMA’s Primary Care Physician Workforce Expansion Advisory Task Force, appeared before the newly formed Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission on July 22 in St. Paul to discuss the looming primary care physician workforce shortage.
Springer presented an overview of the state’s primary care physician workforce shortage. He also included background on the MMA task force’s work and discussed its recommendations
(scroll to the bottom of page for link to PDF)
for expanding Minnesota’s primary care physician workforce.
This was the first meeting of the commission, whose members are charged with:
• identifying current and anticipated health care workforce shortages by both provider type and geography
• evaluating current and potential incentives currently available to develop, attract, and retain a highly skilled and diverse health care workforce
• Identifying current causes and potential solutions to barriers related to the primary care workforce, including, but not limited to: training and residency shortages; disparities in income between primary care and other providers; and negative perceptions of primary care among students.
For more information on the group, visit their website