Ninety-four percent of Idaho counties designated as primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). In fact, Idaho ranks 48th in primary care physicians per capita.
Access to patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) in rural communities can lower hospitalization rates, emergency room visits, and can lower total cost of care. Access to primary care can also decrease mortality rates - just a 10 percent increase in primary care providers increases life span in communities by 10 years.
IRHA supports measures to increase the supply of primary care physicians by expanding residency programs and participating in the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) to increase primary care effectiveness.
Idaho Rural Health Association * PO Box 2012 * Eagle, Idaho 83616 * firstname.lastname@example.org