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Among the strongest elements of America’s health care system are the education and training of health care professionals, world class technology and state of the art medical research. However, imbalances in that system require a more aggressive approach to expanding, balancing and improving the Health Care Workforce.

Approaches for reform could include:

Ø Incentives for states to amend scope of practice laws and adopt education standards and regulations as necessary to ensure optimal quality care

Ø Alignment of payments to better support the use of allied health professionals including physicians’ assistants and advanced practice nurses as part of coordinated care teams

Ø Reform of graduate medical education payments—allowing use in outside clinics for expanding interest in primary care and lifting of caps on residency slots

Ø Workforce development incentives related to chronic disease management, primary care and pediatric subspecialists

Ø Integration of delivery reforms into graduate medical/allied education

Ø Incentives for providers in underserved areas and increase racial and ethnic (linguistic/cultural) diversity of medical and allied health professions

Ø Equitably realigning Medicaid provider rates with Medicare rates in order to ensure an adequate supply of providers for underserved populations as reform takes effect.

While strengthening and balancing our workforce may require additional outlays, rather than yield immediate savings, improvements in workforce policy are prerequisites for many of the cost savings reforms supported by the Coalition.

From Rx for Reform

Containing Costs and Avoiding Tax Increases While Improving Quality: Affordable Coverage and High Value Care

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CostCoverageDelivery System ReformsDisparitiesDrug and Device Cost ContainmentEconomic ImpactsFinancingHealth ITInnovationInsurancePolicy ImplementationPrevention & WellnessQuality & SafetySimplified AdministrationWorkforce Reforms / Human Capital

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