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Federal Health Care Overhaul Will Cause Shortages

Health care reform will not succeed without an adequate supply of primary care physicians, making it incumbent upon Congress to enact policies that increase the nation’s primary care physician workforce. […]

Nationwide Beacon Community Program for Health Information Exchange

HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces Plans to Establish Health IT “Beacon Communities”

$235 million set aside to fund nationwide Beacon Community Program

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS’ National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, announced today plans to make available $235 million to support an innovative Beacon Community Program. The program will work to accelerate and demonstrate the ability of health information technology to transform local health care systems, and improve the lives of Americans and the performance of the health care providers who serve them. The Beacon Community Program will include $220 million in grants to build and strengthen health IT infrastructure and health information exchange capabilities, including strong privacy and security measures for data exchange, within 15 communities. An additional $15 million will be provided for technical assistance to the communities and to evaluate the success of the program.

“Health information technology will make our health care system more efficient and […]