Study urges integration of federal health missions

Federal agencies could and should be doing more to bridge the gap between public health and primary medical care in local communities. That’s according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Researchers say agencies like the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration should take advantage of new authorities in the Affordable Care Act to integrate the missions of public health officials and primary care practicioners. Doing so would help prevent disease and provide a better-trained workforce, the institute says.