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The Rural Implications of Key Primary Care Provisions in the Affordable Care Act
White paper highlighting specific Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions regarding challenges in training and placement of primary care providers in communities of need. Provides recommendations for program and policy changes that would address concerns in rural communities.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Federal and State Initiatives to Recruit Physicians to Rural Areas
Describes rural physician recruitment and retention challenges and the initiatives in place to help address them.
Author(s): Daniel G. Mareck
Citation: AMA Journal of Ethics, 13(5), 304-309
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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Influence of Loan Repayment on Rural Healthcare Provider Recruitment and Retention in Colorado
Reports results of a survey of health professionals who participated in three Colorado loan repayment programs between 1992 and 2007. Examines the most important recruitment factors for participants by rural versus urban location and profession. Covers factors impacting participants' decisions to leave a community, after the end of their service obligation.
Author(s): Daniel Renner, John Westfall, Lou Ann Wilroy, Adit Ginde
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 10(4), 1605
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
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The Redesign of Primary Care with Implications of Training: Eighth Annual Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to the U.S. Congress
Discusses funding medical training including directing funding for graduate medical education specifically to training in non-hospital sites that serve underserved and rural populations. Recommends the expansion of the National Health Service Corps loan repayment programs to address the severe primary care workforce shortages in medicine and dentistry.
Date: 05/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
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Specialty and Geographic Distribution of the Physician Workforce: What Influences Medical Student & Resident Choices?
Identifies factors that influence medical student and resident choices regarding medical specialties and location of practice. Specifically examining student and resident choices surrounding primary care specialties and serving rural and underserved populations. Discusses student debt and the impact of loan repayment and scholarship programs on practice setting choice.
Date: 03/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Washington, DC, February 18-20, 2009
Reports on a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services focused on healthcare provider integration, health workforce, and home-based care for seniors.
Date: 02/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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A Critical Review of Interventions to Redress the Inequitable Distribution of Healthcare Professionals to Rural and Remote Areas
Reviews the literature on the recruitment and retention of health care providers to rural areas with a focus on physicians. Addresses geographic origin, scholarships and loan repayment programs, and policies.
Author(s): Nathan Wilson, Ian Couper, Elma De Vries, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 9(2), 1060
Date: 2009
Type: Document
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Nursing Workforce: HHS Needs Methodology to Identify Facilities with a Critical Shortage of Nurses
Reports on changes in the registered nurse (RN) shortage since 2000. Also discusses the impact of the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) and Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) on the shortage of nurses.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Access, Health, and Wealth: The Impact of the National Health Service Corps in Rural America, 1970-2000
Examines 30 years of the National Health Service Corps' (NHSC) operation and its impact on rural America. Provides a detailed breakdown of healthcare professional providers who participated in the program, and includes information on mortality rates and self-reported health status for people living in rural Health Professional Shortage Area counties that were staffed with NHSC physicians. Also provides data on the economic impact for communities with NHSC personnel for selected states.
Author(s): George Fryer, Jessica McCann, Martey Dodoo, et al.
Date: 09/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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A Targeted Look at the Rural Health Care Safety Net
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Discusses the safety net, the web of professionals and institutions that provide care to the poor and uninsured regardless of ability of pay. Also covers key safety net programs under the purview of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Its findings fall into three categories: ensuring access to hospital services, ensuring access to primary care, and maintaining an adequate workforce.
Date: 04/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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