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Resources by Topic: Health occupations

Medicare Physician Payments: Trends in Service Utilization, Spending, and Fees Prompt Consideration of Alternative Payment Approaches
Statement discussing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) system, which Medicare uses to determine annual changes to physician fees. Includes some rural-specific information.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): A. Bruce Steinwald
Date: 07/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Information Gaps on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Population: A Background Paper
Presents the relevant issues regarding the mental health information needs of deaf and hard of hearing populations, particularly in rural America.
Date: 06/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
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Foreign Physicians: Preliminary Findings on the Use of J-1 Visa Waivers to Practice in Underserved Areas
Reports preliminary findings regarding the number of J-1 visa waivers requested by states and federal agencies and states' views on the 30-waiver limit and on their willingness to have unused waiver allotments redistributed.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The Role of the Rural General Surgeon in a Statewide Trauma System: The Wyoming Experience
Examines the role of general surgeons in Wyoming to demonstrate how important general surgeons are in rural trauma care.
Author(s): Blaine J. Ruby, Thomas H. Cogbill, Ronald S. Gardner
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 91(4), 37-40
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
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Training Community Health Workers: Using Technology and Distance Education
Highlights programs and issues related to the use of technology and distance education to train community health workers (CHWs) in frontier areas. Includes examples of successful programs.
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Emergency Medical Services in Frontier Areas: Volunteer Community Organizations
Provides information on paid and volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers in frontier and rural areas. Discusses challenges facing volunteer EMS systems and provides examples of different types of programs from several states.
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Rural Dental Practice: A Tale of Four States
Reports the findings of a study investigating rural dentist issues, such as: demography, training, practice characteristics, staff, and job satisfaction in Alabama, California, Maine, and Missouri.
Additional links: Project Summary
Author(s): C. Holly A. Andrilla, Denise M. Lishner, L. Gary Hart
Date: 03/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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How Adults' Access to Outpatient Physician Services Relates to the Local Supply of Primary Care Physicians in the Rural Southeast
Examined how access to outpatient medical care varies with local primary care physician densities across primary care service areas in the rural Southeast, for adults, the elderly, and the poor.
Author(s): Donald E. Pathman, Thomas C. Ricketts III, Thomas R. Konrad
Citation: Health Services Research, 41(1), 79-102
Date: 02/2006
Type: Document
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Mental Health and Rural America: 1994-2005
A summary of the knowledge base surrounding mental health and substance abuse issues in rural and frontier areas. Provides an overview of the environment of mental health in rural areas over three decades. Includes an annotated bibliography.
Author(s): Dennis Mohatt, Scott J. Adams, Mimi M. Bradley, Chad A. Morris
Date: 2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Geographic and Demographic Dimensions of the Adoption of a Health Workforce Innovation: Physician Assistants in the United States, 1967-2000
Analyzes the evolution of the physician assistant profession. Details the changes in demographics, distribution in rural and urban locations, and training for 1967-2000.
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, Gary Hart
Date: 12/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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