Experiences Using the National Provider Identifier (NPI)

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. In this webinar, researchers at the University of Washington WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies and Rural Health…

Which Rurality Definition?: The Relative Performance of 8 Federal Rural Definitions in Identifying Rural-urban Disparities

There are large variations in the level of agreement among areas that are identified as “rural” under various rurality definitions. Rural-urban disparities are sensitive to the specific definition and which population characteristic that is being considered. This webinar explores 8 federal rural definitions and the degree to which they identify the same areas as rural….

The Behavioral Health Workforce Need for Integration with Primary Care: Information for Health Workforce Planning

Across the US, the integration of behavioral health with primary care likely will take place under different models, at varying rates, and to varying degrees. Developing the behavioral health workforce needed for integration requires ongoing resources (including data and analysis, planning, policies, and funding) with support needed at the national, state and community levels. This…

Comparing the Socioeconomic Well-Being of Workers Across Healthcare Occupations

Researchers analyzed 2015 data from an ongoing monthly household survey called the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS). This report investigates the socioeconomic well-being, including occupation-skill match, financial situation, and reliance on state/federal assistance programs, among individuals working in healthcare.ArrayReport Arrayhttps://depts.washington.edu/fammed/chws/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/12/Socioeconomic-Well-Being-of-Workers_FR_2016_Dec_Frogner.pdfDecember 1, 2016Array, Array, Array, Array, Array December 1, 2016

Immigrants in Healthcare Occupations

The United States (US) draws a large number of immigrants in search of better economic opportunities. As skilled professionals move from less to more developed countries, this “brain drain” may put the migrants’ home countries at risk by depleting human resources for public health and healthcare. The World Health Organization calls on member nations to…

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

Difficulties in recruiting allied health professionals to rural and underserved areas are cause for concern given projections of increasing demand for numerous allied health occupations. Incentive programs are a common strategy to address health professional shortages. This report describes allied health incentive programs at the state level—their goals, policies, practices, and available data on their…

Brief Online Implicit Bias Education Increases Bias Awareness Among Clinical Teaching Faculty

Implicit bias of healthcare providers often influences patient care. Bias awareness is a key element included in implicit bias education and can help motivate behavior change. This article discusses a study that evaluated whether exposure to a brief online course on implicit bias increased bias awareness for health providers.ArrayArticle Arrayhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10872981.2021.2025307February 9, 2022Array, Array, Array, Array,…

How Actual Practice of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Aligns with the Recommended National Scope of Practice in Rural Versus Urban Areas of the U.S.

The National EMS Scope of Practice Model is a blueprint for states to develop scopes of practice for emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners. It is intended to reduce inconsistencies between states and provide a basis from which national standards of care and performance for each level of EMS practitioner can be developed. Such standards can…

COVID-19 and the Rural Health Workforce: The Impact of Federal Pandemic Funding to Address Workforce Needs

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified long-standing workforce issues and further weakened the financial position of many rural health facilities as they have attempted to mobilize their workforce while struggling to absorb the added costs of patient care and invest in the additional resources needed for pandemic response. The federal government has addressed some of these…

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