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Health reform helps primary care.

The health care reform law that Congress passed last year will begin to reverse decades of neglect of the primary care system in the United States, but only if state and federal governments follow through, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund. The new law includes multiple provisions that will strengthen primary care, including temporary increases in Medicare and Medicaid payments to such providers, support for innovation in care delivery, increased emphasis on better health outcomes and patient experiences, and more investment in the primary care workforce, according to the report. In order for the changes to work, however, they'll need to be implemented carefully and thoroughly, and Congress will need to fund them fully, the report said.

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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Anderson, Jane
Publication:Family Practice News
Date:Feb 1, 2011
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