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News in Brief: Week of May 23-27
By News Staff
There's Still Time to Apply for NHSC Scholarships
The Corps offers scholarships to students who choose a primary care specialty, including family medicine, and agree to work between two and four years in an underserved area in a health professional shortage area.
The scholarships include tuition and fees, a monthly support stipend and assistance in finding a practice site. The deadline to apply is June 9.
Innovation Center Announces Initiatives to Spur ACO Adoption
The three initiatives are the
- Pioneer ACO Model, which is intended to provide a faster path for mature ACOs that have already started coordinating care for patients;
- Advance Payment ACO Initiative, which would allow certain ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Program access to a portion of their shared savings up front; and
- Accelerated Development Learning Sessions for physicians and other providers interested in learning more about the steps necessary to become an ACO.
HHS Issues Final Rule to Thwart Steep Rate Hikes
The rule, which takes effect on Sept. 1, is an attempt to moderate large insurance rate increases. The regulation calls for independent experts to scrutinize any proposed increase of 10 percent or more for most individual and small-group health insurance plans, according to an HHS press release. States are primarily responsible for reviewing the rate increases, but HHS will assume the responsibility in states that lack the resources or authority to review the rate hikes.
The rule also requires insurance companies to provide consumers with easy-to-understand information about the reasons for unreasonable rate increases and to post the justification for the hikes on their websites, as well as on the HHS Affordable Care Act website.
Ohio AFP Rolls Out Medical Home Pilot Project
The state enacted a measure last year to create a PCMH pilot project for 40 primary care physician practices and four advanced nursing practices, according to Ann Spicer, EVP of the Ohio AFP. The legislation created a task force composed of primary care representatives to identify and work with primary care practices willing to participate in the pilot project and become medical homes.
The Ohio AFP is acting as the fiscal agent for the project, employing its expertise to "pull pieces of the project together," said Spicer. The chapter used part of the $300,000 grant to hire TransforMed, the AAFP's wholly owned practice redesign subsidiary, to evaluate practices for participation in the project and to make recommendations to the PCMH educational task force.
Women Make Up 40 Percent of Full-time Family Medicine Faculty
According to AAMC's 2009-10 "Women in U.S. Academic Medicine: Statistics and Benchmarking Report," there were 4,373 full-time family medicine faculty members last year. Of that total, 2,471, or about 57 percent, were men and 1,902, or 43 percent, were women.
By rank, the percentage of women was greatest at the instructor level, at 61 percent. It was least at the full professor level, with women comprising 25 percent of full-time family medicine professors.
By comparison, more than half, or 52 percent, of full-time faculty members in OB-Gyn departments were women, the highest among 17 clinical sciences departments. Orthopedic surgery departments had the lowest percentage of full-time women faculty members, at 15 percent.
The annual report examines data on women faculty by rank, department, degree and ethnicity, as well as levels of institutional support for women in medical education.
A total of 117 medical schools responded to the survey.