Housed at The Ohio State University, The Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC) is a public university-based center for applied health policy research and technical assistance. GRC engages expert faculty and staff at Ohio’s Colleges of Medicine and partners with state health and human services policymakers to improve the health and health systems for all Ohioans. The Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Health Professions Data Warehouse (HPDW) project will provide an accurate snapshot of Ohio’s current healthcare professional workforce status and capacity, identifying both barriers and solutions to improve recruitment and retention of providers serving Ohio’s Medicaid population. The project is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), supported by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and staffed by the GRC.
Current Ohio provider data sources include information from the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPI) and Medicaid Provider Identification file. Health characteristic data comes from Medicaid claims data including institutional, provider, and pharmacy claims, healthcare professional shortage area data from the Area Health Resource File, and the Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey. Ohio population data comes from the US Census Bureau, Ohio provider licensure data, job and income quarterly data, and the American community survey. The warehouse also contains graduate and residency data from the American Academy of Medical Colleges.
By collaborating with the project sponsors, Ohio’s health licensure boards, and DAS, the State of Ohio is implementing a minimum data set during the licensure process to standardize the way information is collected across health professions. Current efforts are underway to collect historical licensure data from Ohio’s health licensure boards that represent the various healthcare professions licensed by the State of Ohio. The MEDTAPP HPDW will provide Ohio’s state agencies, policymakers, academic medical centers, and health sciences colleges and universities with an accurate snapshot of Ohio’s current health professional workforce status.