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State Workforce Strategies

States are addressing the workforce challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are links describing their efforts.

(05/26/20) COVID-19 and Access to Medical Care in the United States
An article from Allison K. Hoffman, a professor of law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, covering the strategies many states have implemented to address the COVID-19 crisis. These include assisting uninsured individuals, regulatory flexibility to health care providers, and increasing access to telehealth.

(05/26/20) Maine DHHS Expands COVID-19 Contact Tracing
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has announced an effort to expand contact tracing within their state to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes a three-step plan of increasing personnel, deploying a new alert system, and expanding social support for those struggling.

(05/18/20) States Lead the Way in Responding to COVID-19 and Advancing Innovative Health Policy Solutions On Many Fronts
A blog post describing many of the strategies states implemented to improve access to health care and improving their health workforce capacities.

(05/13/20) COVID-19 Related State Actions
An updated list from the Public Health Institute Center for Connected Health Policy on regulatory changes to telehealth and telemedicine practices across the United States, with clear descriptions of legal changes and sources linked for each state.

(05/06/20) Gov. Wolf Outlines Plans to Create Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to Support Fall COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced an initiative called the Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to increase testing and contact tracing, as well as provide for employment in the public health sector.

(05/06/20) The Nurse Practitioner Workforce And Its Role In The Massachusetts Health Care Delivery System
A policy brief from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission discussing the role of nurse practitioners in providing care in Massachusetts. The brief recommends the removal of scope of practice restrictions and incident-to billing as solutions to improve the effectiveness of the nurse practitioner workforce in Massachusetts.

(05/06/20) Out-Of-State Medical Professionals Can Continue in New York
An article describing the executive order signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo allowing out of state health care professionals to continue working in New York State without a license until June 4.

(05/04/20) California Readies Army Of Coronavirus Detectives
The administration of California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a partnership with University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, San Francisco to train more than 3,000 employees per week to trace the spread of COVID-19 across California.

(05/04/20) NY Will Hire Contact Tracing ‘Army’ Of 17,000 To Battle Coronavirus, Cuomo Says
As part of the plan to reopen New York State, between 6,400 and 17,000 contact tracers are expected to be hired to track contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases within New York State. This effort will be coordinated with Connecticut and New Jersey.

(04/06/20) A Snapshot of the Healthcare Workforce Addressing COVID-19 in South Carolina
This brief provides a snapshot of selected data and policy examples relating to the workforce needed to address COVID-19 in South Carolina.

(04/06/20) On the Front Lines of COVID-19: A Blueprint for Health and Human Services from Washington State
This article examines Washington State’s efforts to combat COVID-19 over an historic six week period from January to March 2020.

(04/03/20) Policies to Encourage Rapid Expansion and Making Better Use of New York’s Health Workforce
This research brief highlights efforts by New York State to assist the health workforce’s surge capacity, maintenance of the medical education pipeline, and regulatory flexibility around the COVID-19 pandemic.

(04/02/20) Silver Linings in State Responses to COVID-19
An article about 5 state responses to COVID-19 including: occupational licensing, scope of practice regulation, telemedicine and telehealth regulation, continuing education requirements, and Certificate-of-Need (CON) Laws.

(03/30/20) California Starts Recruiting Retired and Student Doctors, Nurses to Handle Surge in Severely Sick People
An article outlining how California is recruiting retired doctors and student doctors to deal with the surge in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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