New Mexico PCP shortage reflects national trend

New Mexico is experiencing a primary care provider (PCP) shortage, a serious issue as the state expects thousands of patients to enter into the state and federal health insurance exchanges, and a wave of physicians are set to retire, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Figures cited in the article put the state at 1,429 active PCPs, with a need for at least an additional 219, based on New Mexico's population. An anticipated 160,000 new Medicaid patients will purchase coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which could add more tension and longer waits to an already strained healthcare system, according to the article. – Read the full report at FierceHealthcare