“The national dialogue on the ‘fiscal cliff’ brings into question the long-term sustainability of Medicare as the primary source of medical care for older adults in the United States” note Susan Beck and Gail Towsley in a commentary Dec. 9 in the Salt Lake Tribune. They make a compelling case for taking a broader view of the primary care workforce, especially as the population – as well as the number of people who will be covered under the Affordable Care Act — continues to grow. Read the entire essay here.
Susan L. Beck is a professor and holds the Robert S. and Beth M. Carter endowed chair at the University of Utah College of Nursing; Gail Towsley is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. The op-ed is a collaborative effort by doctoral students and faculty in the college’s Leadership and Health Policy class. The students are Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Katie Baraki, Deborah Himes, Kevin Langkiet, Ann Lyons, Susan Matney, Katie Moore, Nancy Thum-Thomas and Dawn Wold.