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The Distribution of Advanced Practice Nurses Within the Psychiatric Workforce

Date: 01/22/2020Authors: Angela J Beck, Cory Page, Jessica Buche, Maria GaiserResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Behavioral Health, Nursing

The purpose of this study is to examine the size and distribution of the advanced practice psychiatric nurse workforce relative to the total psychiatry workforce to determine whether nurses are predominantly working in areas with higher or lower levels of behavioral health specialists.

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Behavioral Health Provider Geographic Distribution and Reimbursement Inequities

Date: 01/07/2020Authors: Amanda Mauri, Maria Gaiser, Jessica Buche, Angela J BeckResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Behavioral Health, Medicaid

This cross-sectional study examines the relationship between reimbursement and behavioral health provider geographic distribution and seeks to understand how Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for behavioral health providers may limit service delivery.

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Behavioral Health Service Provision by Primary Care Physicians

Date: 12/19/2019Authors: Angela Beck, Cory Page, Jessica Buche, Victoria Schoebel, Caitlyn WaymentResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health, Primary Care

This project seeks to understand which behavioral health services primary care physicians currently provide for their clients and how often they do so.

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State Incentive Programs that Encourage Allied Health Professionals to Provide Care for Rural and Underserved Populations

Date: 12/17/2019Authors: Malaika Schwartz, Davis Patterson, Rachelle McCartyResearch Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce StudiesTopics: Staffing, Allied Health

This study describes allied health incentive programs at the state level as described during 30 semi-structured phone interviews with key informants from 27 states and information found online.

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Characteristics of Physician Assistant Students Planning to Work in Primary Care

Date: 11/19/2019Authors: Eric Larson, Bianca FrognerResearch Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce StudiesTopics: Staffing, Personnel, Primary Care

The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of matriculating PA students planning to enter primary care specialties and compare them with students planning on entering other specialties.

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Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the US

Date: 11/13/2019Authors: Andrew Jopson, Susan Skillman, Bianca FrognerResearch Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce StudiesTopics: Staffing, Personnel, Career Pathways

This study identifies different apprenticeship models including alternative ways program administration, didactic instruction and clinical skills training are provided, and broadens information about healthcare apprenticeships’ value to employers.

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Factors That Influence Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

Date: 11/07/2019Authors: Dana Foney, Shannon MaceResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health, Medicaid

This study examines factors that may influence access to MAT and to SUD treatment services, including negative perceptions associated with SUD treatment, cultural norms, and Medicaid and other insurance coverage. The study also examines state-specific initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic and SUDs.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Workforce and Service Delivery Trends

Date: 11/01/2019Authors: Dana Foney, Shannon Mace, Adriano BoccaneliResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Community Health Center, Behavioral Health

To better understand behavioral health workforce factors and service delivery within Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, this mixed methods study helps inform policy makers and discusses future practice recommendations.

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The Role of the National Health Service Corps Clinicians in Enhancing Staffing and Patient Care Capacity in Community Health Centers

Date: 10/28/2019Authors: Xin Xin Han, Patricia Pittman, Clese Erikson, Fitzugh Mullan, Leighton KuResearch Center: GW Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Community Health Center, Staffing, Primary Care

This study helps validate the effectiveness of NHSC loan repayment and scholarship incentives as a recruitment strategy and to inform policies on the impact of NHSC on CHCs’ patient care capacity.

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Practice Patterns of Postgraduate Dental Residency Completers from Select Long-Term HRSA-Funded Primary Dental Care Training Programs

Date: 08/15/2019Authors: Ginachukwu Amah, Matthew Jura, Elizabeth MertzResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Oral Health, Training

This report assesses the impacts of HRSA’s postgraduate dental training programs on current practice patterns of ‘completers’ of these programs and on improving the capacity of dentists to meet the needs of the underserved.

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