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An Introduction to Accessing, Understanding, and Using Medicaid Data for HPSA Analysis

Panel: Scott Jones (Nevada), Ryan Kline (Ohio), Marc Overbeck (Oregon), and Eric Turner (JSI)

Moderator: Robert Martiniano (New York)

Description: Medicaid claims data are increasingly used in shortage designation analyses. The panelists will discuss their experiences in, among others, acquiring Medicaid claims data, cleaning the data, identifying provider specialty, and defining visits. The webinar will include time for PCO participants to ask questions and discuss their experiences using Medicaid claims data.

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Introduction to the Health Workforce Analysis Guide, PART 2: Secondary Data Sources for Health Workforce Research - Examples, Strengths, and Limitations

Presenter: Robert Martiniano

Description: The 2016 edition of the Health Workforce Analysis Guide was developed by the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center to provide an updated framework for health workforce planners, policymakers, and researchers interested in health workforce data and analysis. This webinar, the second in a 2-part series, will provide an overview of secondary data sources available to health workforce researchers, highlighting strengths and weaknesses and providing examples of how these data can be used.

Both webinars in this series will be archived on the HWTAC website, available for viewing at any time.

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Introduction to the Health Workforce Analysis Guide, PART 1: Data Collection, Levels of Analysis, and Special Challenges

Presenters: Jean Moore and David Armstrong

Description: The 2016 edition of the Health Workforce Analysis Guide was developed by the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center to provide an updated framework for health workforce planners, policymakers, and researchers interested in health workforce data and analysis. This webinar, the first of a 2-part series, will provide an over view of the guide, with attention to the special challenges associated with conducting health workforce research.

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RCQI from a Project Officer’s Perspective

Presenters: Amanda Norton and Nancy V. Douglas-Kersellius

Description: This webinar will focus on how HRSA Project Officers (POs) are working with grantees to implement RCQI activities. It will include a discussion with a PO to understand what is going well in working with grantees and what obstacles tend to be encountered. POs are encouraged to bring experiences and questions to this session as it is designed to be interactive.

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Strategies to Expand Access to Oral Health Services: Emerging Models and Workforce Innovations

Presenters: Jean Moore, Margaret Langelier, and Cynthia Wides

Description: There is a growing body of evidence documenting the relationship between physical and oral health, increasing interest in expanding access to basic oral health services, particularly for underserved populations. This webinar will discuss key access barriers in oral health and describe findings from research studies conducted by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center that highlight innovative oral health service delivery models and workforce strategies aimed at increasing access to oral health services.

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Policy Analysis for Project Officers

Presenter: Robert Martiniano

Description: Project officers (POs) at HRSA work with grantees who operate grant funded programs designed to support HRSA’s mission of improving health and achieving health equity. This webinar will describe the steps in the process of conducting a policy analysis as well as strategies for disseminating results of these analyses. Understanding the process of policy analysis allows POs to work more effectively with grantees in assessing their effectiveness in achieving program goals and objectives. It also provides opportunities to assess the effectiveness of HRSA policies related to grantees.

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Understanding How the Diffusion of Physicians Affects Underserved Areas

Presenter: Thomas C. Ricketts

Description: The local supply of physicians in any community, especially smaller and rural communities, depends on a flow of physicians into those communities from the places where they train or from more populous places that may have more than enough physicians to meet population needs. The factors that influence whether a physician will move from one place to another depends on their personal characteristics, the places from and to which they move, and the programs that support or inhibit those moves. In this webinar, Tom Ricketts describes his work on physician diffusion, and helps explain its effects and policy implications on underserved areas.

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An Introduction to HRSA’s Web-Based Nursing Supply and Demand Model

Presenters: Arpita Chattopadhyay, Tim Dall, and David Armstrong

Description: HRSA’s web-based nursing model is a powerful new tool for health workforce planners and researchers to better understand future nursing supply and demand. The new web-based application allows states to examine the future supply of RNs and LPNs by practice setting in relation to demand for their services, and to explore alternative scenarios by modifying key parameters such as the graduation and retirement rate. This webinar discusses HRSA’s new model and demonstrates the user interface.

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Data Visualization: Strategies, Tips, and Tools

Presenter: Matt Jansen

Description: Data visualization can be a powerful tool for detecting patterns in data and for sharing data accessibly with a wide audience. This webinar will introduce the basics of data visualization with an eye towards practice, including simple tips and tricks to help create effective visualizations. The webinar will also discuss the major tools available to create static or web-based interactive visualizations.

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Developing Medicaid-Based Primary Care Rational Service Areas

Presenter: Robert Martiniano

Description: The Center for Health Workforce Studies in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health developed a statewide set of Medicaid-based rational service areas (Medicaid RSAs), based on commuting patterns of Medicaid patients from their place of residence to their provider. Medicaid RSAs were assessed using a deprivation score based on demographic and health care indicators to identify those RSAs with the highest need. This webinar will describe the approach used to develop and assess Medicaid RSAs.

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State Health Workforce Data Collection: Findings from a National Survey of States

Presenters: Jean Moore and David Armstrong

Description: As the impacts of health reform are felt across the country, states are recognizing the importance of having timely, objective, and comprehensive data on their health workforce to inform decision-making. A growing number of states are developing or planning to develop health workforce monitoring systems to use for health workforce planning. In order to learn more about this, HWTAC is conducting a survey of states on their health workforce data collection and analysis efforts. This presentation describes findings from this survey and discusses some of the issues and challenges states face in developing and maintaining health workforce data collection systems.

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RCQI: What Do HRSA Grantees Need to Know?

Presenter: Amanda Norton 

Description: Many of HRSA’s current Funding Opportunity Announcements are asking applicants to use quality improvement techniques to ensure grant activities achieve their intended purposes as well as to promote continuous assessment and improvement of activities over the grant period. It is important for HRSA grantees to be familiar with RCQI and to understand how core components of this model relate to grantee efforts to achieve program goals. This webinar will review key elements of RCQI and provide examples of how these elements might be applied by HRSA grantees to improve program performance.

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Entry and Exit of Workers in Long-Term Care

Presenters: Bianca Frogner and Joanne Spetz

Moderator: David Armstrong

Description: This webinar presents findings from a recent study conducted by the Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care at the University of California, San Francisco, on the job transitions of long-term care workers. The study used the Current Population Survey to examine from which jobs and settings workers entered and exited long-term care. Study findings identify the demographic, socioeconomic, and health factors associated with these transitions.

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RCQI: What Do HRSA Project Officers and Staff Need to Know?

Presenter: Amanda Norton

Moderator: Jean Moore

Description: Many of HRSA’s current Funding Opportunity Announcements are asking applicants to use quality improvement techniques to ensure grant activities achieve their intended purposes as well as to promote continuous assessment and improvement of activities over the grant period. It is important for HRSA Project Officers and staff to be familiar with RCQI and to understand how core components of this model relate to grantee efforts to achieve program goals. This webinar will review key elements of RCQI, provide examples of how these elements might be applied by HRSA grantees to improve program performance and consider impacts of RCQI on Program Officers’ work with grantees.

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Experiences Using the National Provider Identifier (NPI) for Health Workforce Research

Presenters: Sue Skillman and Davis Patterson

Description: The NPI is an administrative tool of the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) used for processing claims and transferring health care information. The NPI can also be useful in studies of the health workforce. Researchers at the University of Washington WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies and Rural Health Research Center will share their experiences using NPI data for studies of the nation’s advanced practice nurse and physician workforces. They will describe the strengths, weaknesses, and their remaining questions about using NPI data.

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Understanding HRSA’s 2012-2025 Supply/Demand Nursing Projections

Presenters: George Zangaro and Tim Dall

Description: HRSA recently released a report, The Future of the Nursing Workforce: National and State-level Projections, 2012-2025, based on updated nursing supply and demand models using microsimulation to forecast workforce adequacy. This webinar describes HRSA’s new models and discusses their findings and implications. To view HRSA’s report, click the following link: HRSA_2012_2025_Nursing_Projections.

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Health Workforce Minimum Data Set: Asking the Right Questions

Presenters: Jean Moore, Elizabeth Carter,and Justin Crow

Description: Timely and reliable data about the health workforce is critical to effective health workforce planning. The Health Workforce Minimum Dataset (MDS), developed by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, provides guidance on key variables to include in health workforce surveys, including demographic, educational, and practice characteristics. This presentation provides an overview of the MDS, discusses one state’s efforts to integrate MDS questions into a health workforce monitoring system, and provides examples of analyses based on MDS data.

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Community Health Planning: Theory and Practice

Presenters: Robert Martiniano and Lottie Jameson

Description: States require community health assessments at a county or at a public health district level to identify population health needs and ultimately develop strategies to address those needs. Under the ACA, hospitals are now required to develop community health assessments to maintain their not-for-profit status. This webinar describes the steps to develop a community health assessment, including identifying data sources, and how to engage stakeholders, prioritize competing demands, and develop strategies during the process.

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Building a State Health Workforce Center: Lessons Learned in the Carolinas

Presenter: Linda M. Lacey

Description: Linda Lacey has been involved in the start-up of two different health workforce centers; one focused exclusively on the nursing workforce in North Carolina and another with a broad focus on all health workforce groups in South Carolina. Through those experiences, she has become familiar with the trials, tribulations, and rewards of developing an effective health workforce center. In this webinar, she shares some of the lessons she has learned.

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How Can We Transform the Workforce to Meet the Needs of a Transformed Health System?

Presenter: Erin Fraher

Description: Much discussion is underway about how to align payment incentives and new models of care to achieve the triple aim of improving population health, lowering cost, and enhancing patients’ experience of care. Often overlooked from this discussion is how to align the workforceparticularly the 18 million workers already in the health systemto meet the needs of a transformed health care system. This webinar discusses new and emerging roles for health workers and the challenge to reshape the education and training system to deliver new competencies to the workforce.

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Health Professions Regulation in the U.S.: What Are the Issues?

Presenters: Jean Moore and Elizabeth Carter

Description: In the U.S., the primary responsibility for health professions regulation falls to states. There is concern that this approach is not well-suited to respond to the workforce challenges faced in a health care delivery system that is undergoing rapid transformation. This webinar describes the aspects of health professions regulation that constrain effective and efficient use of the health workforce and offer recommendations to strengthen scope of practice decision-making. Also discusses an innovative approach used in Virginia to address proposed scope of practice expansions.

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Opportunity for State Health Workforce Data Collection: Motivations, Barriers and Strategies

Presenter: Katie Gaul

Description: Got data? This webinar discusses opportunities and challenges that states face in collecting health workforce data for use in understanding patterns in supply and distribution, informing policy decisions, and engaging in health workforce planning. Also discusses common barriers to developing data systems and different strategies for collecting state data. Includes a Q&A session at the conclusion of the presentation.

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