The ranks of primary-care physicians would be bolstered and nurses and other bedside providers would save money on their education under a bill introduced by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), a former healthcare executive. Flanked by representatives from the physician and nursing community, Schwartz called primary-care doctors an element of healthcare reform that is absolutely essential. The bill would set Medicare payment incentives to encourage better care coordination and introduce a new reimbursement system for physicians who create a medical home-type structure. The legislation would also increase funding for scholarship programs as well as introduce a loan forgiveness initiative for doctors, nurses and midwives. Primary care is the best medicine to lower healthcare costs and improve patient quality, says Joseph Stubbs, M.D., an internist and president of the American College of Physicians.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
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