On the wellness curve, focus on primary health care will put California ahead

California led the nation in health care reform by enabling millions to obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. This year, by expanding Medi-Cal to all Californians with low incomes, regardless of immigration status, our state will achieve another milestone: historically low numbers of residents lacking health insurance. 

News Author: 
Alice Hm Chen, Julia Logan

Legislative briefing on reorienting New York's health system toward primary care

"We know that health systems that are oriented toward primary care function better... having access to a primary care provider means you'll be focused on [wellness]... You are concerned with your health on an everyday basis, not just when something is hurting."

- New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera

As primary care system nears 'breaking point,' Vermont lawmakers consider a rescue plan

If you’ve ever had trouble finding a primary care doctor, or getting an appointment with one when you’re sick, you’re not alone. And some of Vermont’s top medical experts say the primary care shortage is about to get worse.

As state Senate lawmakers consider provisions that would funnel more money into primary care services, doctors are raising some existential questions about the future of preventative care.

News Author: 
Peter Hirschfeld

Michigan primary care doctors push for more state investment to address worsening shortage

People who regularly see primary care physicians tend to live longer and healthier lives – if they can locate and secure doctors near home, Michigan doctors said.

Despite the necessity of such practitioners, who handle patients from birth to death, from newborns to grandparents, there are too few of them and trends suggest there will be even fewer as current practitioners age and medical students with six-figure loan debts chose more lucrative specialties.

News Author: 
Danielle Salisbury

Michigan facing shortage of primary care physicians, to get worse by 2030

Michigan is experiencing a decline in the number of primary care physicians, with more shortages expected by 2030, particularly impacting residents in underserved areas.

News Author: 
Christina Hall

Guest editorial: The critical need to invest in rural health care

The global pandemic has, rightfully so, grabbed headlines as we all grapple with its ongoing impacts on our health care system. What COVID-19 has also made painfully clear is how strained that system is, particularly in rural communities.

The fact that rural health care is underfunded and understaffed is a story we know all too well — one that started long before the pandemic. The lingering impacts from COVID-19 could have a ripple effect on the more than 1 million Washingtonians who live in rural areas and already face long-standing hardships when trying to receive care.

News Author: 
Jeff Roe, Bill Robertson and Michael Lawler

PCC's Policy Director Speaks at Conference on Primary Care Invesement in States

On Feb. 23, Larry McNeely, PCC's Director of Policy, spoke on a panel at a conference titled The Case for Increasing Our Investment in High Quality Primary Care, sponsored by the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute. The event was about how investing more in comprehensive, coordinated primary care and ensuring that everyone has access to it will improve our health and quality of life.

PCC's Statement on new CMS Innovation Center Strategy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2021—Following is a statement by Ann Greiner, president and CEO of the PCC, on the release today of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center/CMMI) “Driving Health System Transformation – A Strategy for the CMS Innovation Center’s Second Decade.”

PCC joins letter to Senate Appropriations Commitees urging funding of AHRQ work to improve diagnostic safety and quality

The PCC and some of its Executive Members joined many other healthcare-related organizations in a Sept. 30 letter as part of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, an initiative of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, to leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee/Subcommitee.

COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Update


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