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JEF­FER­SON CITY, Mo.—

The state of Mis­souri is likely to suf­fer a short­age of ru­ral pri­mary-care providers in com­ing years, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Mis­souri Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, Jef­fer­son City. An anal­y­sis of ex­ist­ing data and re­search points to the state ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a short­age of physi­cians in ur­ban ar­eas as well, though the prob­lem will be more se­vere in ru­ral parts of the state. “We have far fewer pri­mary-care physi­cians in our state’s ru­ral ar­eas, and they tend to be older,” Herb Kuhn, pres­i­dent and CEO of the as­so­ci­a­tion, said in a writ­ten state­ment. “There is cer­tainly an iden­ti­fied prob­lem in the ru­ral physi­cian work­force. This study is a first step in iden­ti­fy­ing the sit­u­a­tion and po­ten­tial op­tions,” he said. In ru­ral ar­eas, there is one pri­mary-care physi­cian for ev­ery 1,776 Mis­souri­ans, while in the state’s metropoli­tan ar­eas, the rate is one pri­mary-care physi­cian for ev­ery 962 cit­i­zens, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Age of the ru­ral physi­cian work­force also is a concern, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. In Mis­souri, 55% of all physi­cians are 50 and older. In ru­ral ar­eas, the per­cent­age of ru­ral physi­cians 50 and older is 62%. “Ru­ral Mis­souri­ans tend to be older and have higher rates of chronic dis­eases such as heart disease and cancer,” Kuhn noted.

DETROIT—

Min­uteClinic, the re­tail health­care divi­sion of CVS Care­mark, an­nounced it will part­ner with Henry Ford Health Sys­tem, a six-hos­pi­tal sys­tem that serves metropoli­tan Detroit. Woonsocket, R.I.-based Min­uteClinic has 10 walk-in clin­ics in CVS Care­mark stores in South­east Michi­gan, ac­cord­ing to a Min­uteClinic news re­lease. Physi­cians from Henry Ford Health Sys­tem will act as “on-call med­i­cal direc­tors” in those lo­ca­tions. There is no fi­nan­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween Min­uteClinic and Henry Ford Health Sys­tem, al­though the heath sys­tem’s med­i­cal direc­tors will be paid for clinic ser­vices by Min­uteClinic, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease. Min­uteClinic sites are staffed by nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, who can pro­vide a range of health­care ser­vices. In June, Min­uteClinic an­nounced part­ner­ships with OhioHealth and Cleve­land Clinic.

DETROIT—

Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors have charged 26 peo­ple in Michi­gan with run­ning a con­spir­acy to col­lect more than $58 mil­lion in fraud­u­lent billings and di­vert more than 6 mil­lion doses of med­i­ca­tions, some of which were used as kick­backs to

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