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News by Topic: Recruitment and retention of health professionals

Indian Health Service Provider Vacancies a ‘Never-ending Cycle’
Oct 8, 2018 - Discusses a recent Government Accountability Office report examining causes of and potential solutions to high staff vacancy rates at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.
Source: High Country News
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Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community
Oct 3, 2018 - Highlights the experiences and difficulties of a rural primary care physician in Ohio. Touches on the challenges of operating a solo practice, like additional administrative duties and extra work to maintain electronic health records (EHR), issues with recruitment and retention, and more. Also explores the joys of this kind of medicine and the important role he serves in his community.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health Federal Register
Sep 18, 2018 - Announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) to be held on November 14-15, 2018. The agenda includes a discussion of patient engagement strategies, the recruitment and retention of providers, human trafficking in agriculture, and health literacy. The full agenda will be posted to the NACMH website prior to the meeting.
Source: Federal Register
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Dead Reckoning: America's System of Coroners and Medical Examiners is Facing Unprecedented Challenges
Aug 31, 2018 - Details the increased workload on coroners, medical examiners, and forensic pathologists in part due to the opioid epidemic, focusing on Kentucky to shine a light on the national issue. Coroners' offices are struggling under the increased workload and expense, in some cases risking or even losing their accreditation. But even with funding, medical examiners can be difficult to recruit or retain due to high medical school debt and the lower pay scale and there are only 500 board-certified forensic pathologists in the country, less than half of the estimated need. This increased pressure can lead to less in-depth investigations of deaths, which may also impact public health.
Source: Governing
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Wanted: Rural Doctors
Aug 22, 2018 - Discusses the great need for doctors in rural areas, focusing on Alabama to illustrate the national problem. Highlights a number of barriers to recruitment and retention for rural areas including lower salaries, high student debt, lack of opportunities in rural areas for spouses, and more.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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Patient Care Access Suffers Under IHS Clinician Shortage Problems
Aug 20, 2018 - Discusses the clinician shortage at the Indian Health Service (IHS), which extends to all provider types. Though the shortage varies between locations and provider types, it negatively impacts patient access to care when facilities have to cut services due to vacancies. Some of the shortage can be explained by the fact that most IHS facilities are located in rural areas where it can be difficult to recruit providers to work.
Source: Patient Engagement HIT
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