Ross E. Weber
INFOGRAPHIC: How states are stepping in to fund physician training
This infographic depicts the efforts of several states to boost graduate medical education funding. Is your state among them?
States take novel steps to address work force shortage
As policymakers learn about the burgeoning bottleneck between medical school graduation and graduate medical education, a number of novel approaches to physician training have launched from Sacramento to Jefferson City to Tallahassee. Not surprisingly, many of these solutions pit providers against one another amid concerns about patient safety and the dilution of professional standards.
ACA’s ‘grace period’ shows physician-led reform must be grassroots
Professional organizations including the AACU empower individual urologists with resources that support grassroots engagement in vital campaigns to re-assert the physician's role in health reform.
States push independence for NPPs: A solution to work force crisis?
Of the myriad proposed solutions to physician shortages, an expanded scope of practice for non-physician providers can be swiftly implemented by policymakers eager for a quick fix. Unfortunately, quick fixes usually involve shoddy workmanship and, as applied to the provision of health care, shoddy workmanship endangers patient safety.
Legal hurdles may stall telehealth’s role in work force crisis
As thousands of baby boomers age into Medicare every day and millions of newly insured Americans seek health care, analysts point to expanded utilization of telehealth services as one way to alleviate physician shortages and ensure access to care.
Whether urology’s interests are served depends on you
In socioeconomic sessions at urology meetings, e-mail alerts transmitted before critical votes in Congress, or solicitations for political action committee donations, urologists are frequently reminded: “If you’re not at the table, you’ll be on the menu.”
Urologists unveil future of health delivery at AACU conference
Energized by recent legislative victories from Tallahassee to Olympia, urologists looked to the future as they gathered for the 6th annual AACU State Society Network Advocacy Conference. Taking place just days after the Oct. 1 launch of open enrollment for health insurance exchange plans, the event focused on the role of urologists and their professional associations in a transformed health care delivery system.
Rollout of ACA provisions taking many twists and turns
Here’s how some of the ACA’s key provisions are shaping up and what to look for in the months ahead.
States may hold key to work force shortage solutions
There is little doubt that the federal government will continue to play an important role subsidizing the training of physicians. However, given the immediate medical education and work force crisis, states will likely be the source of temporary and long-term solutions.
Payers, not states, often dictate non-physicians’ authority, reimbursement
The aging population and an expected influx of 30 million newly insured Americans have raised concerns about provider shortages and bolstered efforts to expand the role of advanced practice practitioners (APPs) in the delivery of patient care. Unsatisfied with collaborative teams led by physicians that empower APPs and promote patient safety, organizations representing nurse practitioners, for one, are seizing this opportunity to increase the number of states where they practice without supervision.

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