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Resources by Topic: Health occupations

Results of the 2004 Health Center Expansion and Recruitment Survey for Health Centers: Analyses for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI States)
Presents a subset of the findings from the larger national study of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) staffing needs of FQHCs located in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) overall and by urban and rural geography.
Author(s): C. Holly A. Andrilla, L. Gary Hart
Date: 11/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Will Rural Family Medicine Residency Training Survive?
Examines the performance of rural residencies in the National Resident Matching Program as an indicator of their viability.
Author(s): Roger Rosenblatt, Amy Hagopian, Holly Andrilla, Gary Hart
Citation: Family Medicine, 38(10), 705-711
Date: 11/2006
Type: Document
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Foreign Physicians: Data on Use of J-1 Visa Waivers Needed to Better Address Physician Shortages
Examines the number of J-1 visa waivers requested by states and federal agencies; waiver physicians' practice specialties, settings, and locations; and the extent to which waiver physicians are accounted for in the Department of Health and Human Services efforts to address physician shortages.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Medicare Physician Payment: Impacts of Changes on Rural Physicians
Presents an overview of the effects of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 on physician payment rates in rural areas.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, A. Clinton MacKinney, Timothy D. McBride
Date: 09/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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A Primer on the Occupational Mix Adjustment to the Medicare Hospital Wage Index
Focuses on the occupational mix adjustment (OMA) to the labor-related share in the hospital inpatient prospective payment system. The Primer explains what the OMA is, why it is needed, and how it has been calculated. In addition, discusses reasons the effect of the OMA has been less than some rural advocates anticipated.
Author(s): Kristin Reiter, Rebecca Slifkin, Mark Holmes
Date: 09/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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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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