This indicator measures the percent of people in California (not limited to older adults) who live in a primary care shortage area, as defined by the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI). This indicator is based on primary care shortage as re-defined by HCAI in 2020, when the definition of primary care provider was expanded to include physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and the definition of shortage was changed to consider the percentage of residents living below the federal poverty level. As a result of this definitional change, the percentage of Californians living in a primary care shortage area is lower in 2020 than it was in 2019 under the prior methodology. Future decreases in this number using the 2020 definition is one component of improving older adults’ access to care.
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