Here are five moves being made to address the physician shortage crisis that Becker's has reported on since Oct. 5:
1. AMA president Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, outlined key legislative steps to be taken to begin addressing the complex physician shortage problem during an address to the National Press Club.
2. Three congressmen sent a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure urging action to address the physician shortage nationwide.
3. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington received a $16 million federal grant to support efforts to increase the number and diversity of primary care physicians across the state.
4. A new coalition formed to advocate for policy moves addressing the healthcare workforce shortage. The American Hospital Association is a founding member.
5. The Columbia-based University of Missouri School of Medicine received $16 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand programing to address the shortage of physicians in rural Missouri.