Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Delivering Health Care - Part 2
Lecture:Outpatient Primary and Secondary Care
Slide content:Primary Care In Crisis? Increasing number of older patients with complex medical issues Inadequate coverage of preventive care services Emphasis on documentation Complex billing and compensation system 14
Slide notes:In the past few years, articles in the popular press and in the medical literature have warned that primary care appears to be in crisis. What does this mean? First, there seems to be an increasing number of older patients with complex medical issues and chronic illnesses, accompanied by inadequate coverage of preventive care services. There is also a growing emphasis on documentation and paperwork for clinicians, taking time away from direct patient care. Further demands include the complex billing and compensation system associated with the delivery of health care. All of these issues have contributed to a decrease in the amount of resources allocated to primary care and a consequent reduction in primary care services for the U.S. population. 14