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Major sections updated to reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The section on the role of primary health care workers was expanded relative to the ACA. Updated sections on urgent care and boutique medicine.

Updated on 9 April 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 07 July 2020

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The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has injected new life into primary health care by establishing the primary care medical home (PCMH) as a cornerstone of health-care reform legislation. In addition to the PCMH, the ACA has a number of primary-care components that can open opportunities for social workers. Concerns remain for payment reform in the implementation of the PCMH. The implementation of the ACA is still a work in progress, with anticipated modifications and changes as issues arise.

Keywords: Affordable Care Act, behavioral health, primary health, primary health care, neighborhood health centers

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