Simulating the Impact of Workforce Configurations on Quality in Community Health Centers: A Feasibility Study to Develop a Simulation Tool

Many community health centers (CHCs) have begun adjusting their payment systems to alter their workforce configurations. However, little is known about how these workforce adjustments impact the quality of patient care. This abstract discusses the development of a simulation tool that would help CHCs use data to model different workforce configuration scenarios to maximize patient…

State Health Workforce Deficit Estimator

The Health Workforce Deficit Estimator is an online tool to help state and federal planners consider different strategic approaches to ensure sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19. Built off the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation demand model, the tool currently shows deficits in supply for respiratory therapists, intensivists, hospitalists, and critical care nurses in certain…

Independent Freestanding Emergency Departments and Implications for the Rural Emergency Physician Workforce in Texas

Independent freestanding emergency departments (IFEDs) have increased rapidly over the last decade, especially in Texas. This growth calls for a closer look into the implications of these new models of health care organizations. This article examines the IFED physician workforce composition and changes in emergency physician workforce supply across states and in rural Texas.ArrayArticle Arrayhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6773.13587November…

Emergency Vaccinator Policies for COVID-19

The Emergency Vaccinator Policies for COVID-19 is an interactive tool that displays temporary, emergency state policies authorizing specific professions to provide the COVID-19 vaccine. These policies expand on the types of personnel authorized to provide the COVID-19 vaccine beyond physicians, advanced practice nurses, and other traditional clinicians. It is important to note that this tool…

COVID-19 County Workforce Deficit Estimator

The Mullan Institute estimates that between now and March 20, 2021, 7% of counties in the USwill experience hospital workforce staffing strains due to COVID-19 hospitalizations. Using new county-level projections of COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU occupancy provided, it is estimated that 209 counties will need to implement crisis workforce strategies. This involves tiered staffing strategies…

Community Health Center Residency Training: Improving Staffing, Service, and Quality

The Teaching Health Center (THC) program was established in the Affordable Care Act to support new and expanded community-based primary care residency programs. THC programs are predominantly family-medicine programs located in community health centers, rural health clinics, and tribal health centers. This article evaluates the impact of new THC residency programs on health center staffing,…

The Use of Community Health Workers in Community Health Centers

Community health centers (CHCs) are the cornerstone of primary care for 29 million people, most of whom are low-income, underserved, and live in rural populations. Until 2016, CHCs reported community health workers (CHWs) as part of their overall enabling services workforce, making it difficult to report CHW use in the annual Uniform Data System (UDS)….

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Planning and Response: A Tale of Two Health Workforce Estimator Tools

As the COVID-19 pandemic surged throughout the United States, increased demand for health workers led to the implementation of health workforce data and tools to aid planning and response at local, state, and national levels. This article describes the development of 2 estimator tools—the State Hospital Workforce Deficit Estimator and the Contract Tracing Workforce Estimator—designed…

Medicaid Workforce Tracker: Identifying the Workforce Serving Medicaid Populations

Many patients without access to private insurance rely on primary care providers who take Medicaid to receive quality, affordable care. However, the number and proportion of primary care providers who take Medicaid varies widely by geographic location. This interactive map allows users to view the number and proportion of primary care providers who take Medicaid…

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