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Resources by Topic: Health occupations

Rural First Responder Access to Mental Health Care: A National Crisis
Explores mental health challenges experienced by first responders and increased risk of suicide. Describes barriers to accessing adequate mental healthcare within the scope of their employment, especially in rural areas where services remain limited and stigma may be associated with the need for assistance.
Author(s): Jeffrey Hintz, Carrie Hintz
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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Medicare Payment Basics: Physician and Other Health Professional Payment System
Overview of Medicare payments for physician services conducted in a variety of settings including physicians' offices, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, skilled nursing facilities and other post-acute care settings, hospices, outpatient dialysis facilities, clinical laboratories, and beneficiaries' homes.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Arizona Primary Care Physician Workforce Report
Features data, using Rural Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) codes, to assess the distribution of the physician workforce in Arizona, and highlights differences in the distribution by training location and physician specialty. To be used as a guide in the development of policies and programs addressing the healthcare needs of all communities within the state.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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New Mexico Health Care Workforce Committee: 2019 Annual Report
Provides detailed data at the county level, comparing New Mexico's healthcare workforce to national benchmarks. Discusses rural and frontier area shortages, health workforce migration trends, and potential solutions for solving the state's workforce issues including in rural areas; provides updates on previous recommendations. Includes a special focus on the nursing workforce and an analysis of primary care physicians and specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and psychiatry. Appendices include gap analyses of New Mexico healthcare professions by county.
Author(s): Amy W. Farnbach Pearson, Jessica Reno
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan mental health HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan mental health HPSAs on another. Data source: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 10/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Care
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan dental care HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan dental care HPSAs on another. Data source: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 10/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Oklahoma Health Care Authority Research - Data and Reports
Provides access to enrollment data by county for SoonerCare, Oklahoma's Medicaid program, and provider and service data for SoonerCare and Insure Oklahoma, the state's healthcare coverage insurance for qualifying adults and small business employees. Includes state data on the uninsured and Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) annual and strategic planning reports.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma Health Care Authority
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Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances among Office-Based Physicians, 2017
Examines rates of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), with information by type of physician practice, including rural or urban location, practice size, practice ownership, physician specialty, and technology available. EPCS is mandated for Medicare Part D providers by 2021, through the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.
Author(s): Sonal Parasrampuria, Martin Blanco, Wesley Barker
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the U.S.
Reports findings from a study of registered medical assistant (MA) apprenticeship programs in 12 states. Discusses the workforce needs these programs may help address, including workforce needs in rural communities. Describes the programs and discusses challenges with starting and maintaining MA apprenticeship programs.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Andrew D. Jopson, Susan M. Skillman, Bianca K. Frogner
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Minnesota's Dental Therapist Workforce
Provides an overview of the dental therapist workforce in Minnesota, including the history of the profession in the state, educational programs, scope of practice, and licensing requirements. Reports results of a March 2019 survey of the state's dental therapist workforce, with data on demographics, education, employment, work settings, and geographic distribution. Includes data on work location by level of rurality.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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