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Health Workforce Policies and Guidelines

Policies and guidelines (including furloughs) that have been implemented because of COVID-19.

(05/22/20) State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus
An issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlining the many actions states have taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief includes both state health policy and guideline changes, as well as other regulations.

(05/21/20) Hospitals Furloughing Workers In Response To COVID-19
A regularly updated list that breakdowns hospitals that have furloughed staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(05/19/20) COVID-19 and the PA Workforce
The American Academy of Physician Assistants has released a report covering clinically practicing physician assistants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues covered include changes to regulations and scope of practice, as well as redeployment and furloughing of physician assistants.

(05/19/20) 9 Ways COVID-19 May Forever Upend the U.S. Health Care Industry
An article describing some ways in which the health care industry has changed as a result of COVID-19. These include increased adoption and advancement of telehealth technologies, shifts in the long-term care industry to home health care, and changes to scope of practice for non-physician clinicians.

(05/11/20) Opportunities and Barriers for Telemedicine in the U.S. During the COVID-19 Emergency and Beyond
An issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlighting the opportunities and issues relating to telehealth implementation in response to COVID-19. These include state and federal government responses as well as those implemented at the organization level by insurers and health systems.

(05/08/20) As Hospitals Lose Revenue, More Than A Million Health Care Workers Lose Jobs
A story from NPR describing the issues facing health care workers now, where the situation has evolved from requests for health care providers to come out of retirement to the current issues of furloughs and reduced hours.

(05/08/20) Health-Care Industry Loses 1.4 Million Jobs in Pandemic
An article describing how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the health care industry, where nearly one in twelve jobs were lost in April. Settings impacted the most include hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, diagnostic labs and home health

(05/06/20) From Shortages To Furloughs, Pandemic Gives In-Demand Nursing Profession A Stress Test
An article describing the issues with maintaining a nursing workforce the State of Washington is facing both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article describes shortages of nurses pre-pandemic and the efforts to grant temporary and emergency permits to meet surge demands, followed by furloughs and layoffs and changes to professional plans.

(05/04/20) What CMS’s Response To COVID-19 Means For Front Line Clinicians
An article describing the impact of many of the new waivers and flexibilities from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on clinicians practicing on the front lines.

(05/02/20) Healthcare Workers Face Coronavirus Layoffs And Furloughs
An article discussing the realities of furloughs on health care workers in California, following a surge in recruitment during the initial stages of response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(04/27/20) Telehealth Strategies
This National Governors Association memorandum discusses strategies for governors seeking to improve coverage and access to telehealth services in a manner that best addresses the COVID -19 pandemic.

(04/20/20) Health Care Workforce is Recession Proof. Is it ‘Pandemic Proof?’
An article about the job threat health care workers are facing-pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs-amid the worse disease outbreak in a century.

(04/06/20) Gubernatorial Strategies for Health Care Workforce and Facility Capacity
This memorandum from the National Governors Association discusses strategies for governors to increase the capacity of the health care workforce in responding to COVID-19.

(04/06/20) States Address Provider Shortages to Meet the Health Care Demands of the Pandemic
An article on the National Academy for State Health Policy website that looks at strategies states are using to address provider shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies discussed include: expanding scope of practice, relicensing retired providers, and amending out of state licensing laws.

(04/01/20) The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the U.S. Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand
This Rapid Response Brief from the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Washington provides information about the respiratory therapist workforce in the US. It includes descriptions of the supply, distribution, and education pathways of the workforce. The brief also addresses COVID-19 emergency concerns about the respiratory therapist workforce capacity and examples of state approaches to address workforce gaps.

(03/20/20) Telehealth Strategies
This National Governors Association memorandum discusses strategies for governors seeking to improve coverage and access to telehealth services in a manner that best addresses the COVID -19 pandemic.

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