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Physicians Foundation Releases Goldsmith White Paper on Future of Medical Practice

In July, the Physicians Foundation released a comprehensive white paper on the Future of Medical Practice prepared by Jeff Goldsmith.

The white paper forecasts a mass retirement of baby boom physicians coinciding with the increase in health coverage from the 2010 health reforms, and the enrollment of the baby boom generation in the Medicare program, leading to a significant shortage of practicing physicians. The white paper recommends a variety of measures for strengthening medical practice including physicians developing stronger partnerships with health plans, modernizing and strengthening management of medical practice, achieving scale in group practice, and a variety of policy measures that will reduce physicians’ overhead, and increase the time they have to spend with patients. This white paper can be found at: Physicians Foundation. In April, 2013, the Physicians Foundation will release a companion piece to this White Paper, a policy prescription for achieving a more balanced and affordable health system by engaging physicians and their patients.

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