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Resources by Topic: Health occupations

What Is the Impact on Rural Area Residents When the Local Physician Leaves?
Results of a pilot study exploring challenges in access to care that result when rural communities lose a family physician. Based on interviews with 18 participants from 3 geographically distinct rural areas of Virginia who had experienced the loss of a family physician within the past 5 years.
Author(s): Paulius Mui , Martha M. Gonzalez, Rebecca Etz
Citation: Family Medicine, 52(5), 352-356
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Factors Associated With Perceived Job Preparedness Among RNs: Results From a National Survey
Examines perceived job preparedness by practice location, gender, and professional characteristics among practicing registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses who completed a web-based national survey. Particular focus was on the probability their nursing education adequately prepared them for job.
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd, Elizabeth L. Crouch, Janice C. Probst, Selina Hunt McKinney, Demetrius A. Abshire, et al
Citation: Journal of Nursing Administration, 50(5), 251-253
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Special Coding Advice During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Provides coding scenarios designed to apply best coding practices, to help ensure that payors are applying flexibility to physicians providing care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes key changes to Medicare and telehealth regulations.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming an NHSC approved site. Acts as a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Health Care Professional Workforce Composition Before and After Rural Hospital Closure
Policy brief examining the change in numbers of local healthcare providers before and after rural hospital closures from 2010-2018, to examine associations with eliminating inpatient services in rural areas. Features statistics with breakdowns by advanced practice providers, primary care providers, and specialists.
Author(s): Erin Mobley, Fred Ullrich, Redwan Bin Abdul Baten, Mina Shrestha, Keith Mueller
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Best Practices from 14 CAH Executives Operating in Challenging Environments
Summarizes findings from interviews with Critical Access Hospital (CAH) chief executive officers about daily operations, forecasting, and community health outcomes. Identifies best practices of leaders of CAHs with low financial risk despite operating in challenging environments.
Author(s): Shartia R. Thomas, Kristin Reiter, George H. Pink
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Rural and Urban Differences in Primary Care Pain Treatment by Clinician Type
Explores the differences in opioid prescribing patterns of nurse practitioners and primary care physicians in both rural and urban areas. Also compares physical therapy referrals by location and clinician type.
Author(s): Hannah Neprash, Laura Barrie Smith, Shailendra Prasad, Bethany Sheridan, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Implications of an Aging Primary Care Physician Workforce in Kansas
Discusses issues related to an aging population and primary care physician (PCP) workforce as well as strategies to reduce physician workforce shortages, including increasing the number of statewide training opportunities and implementing recruitment and retainment strategies. Provides data on the age and geographic distribution of PCPs in Kansas.
Author(s): Hina Shah, Sydney McClendon, Madison Hoover
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Infectious Agents Exposure Reduction Training for First Responders
Video outlining protocols and strategies for mitigating exposure to infectious agents. Content focuses specifically on COVID-19, but information can be applied to situations involving other highly infectious pathogens.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health, Western Region Public Health Learning Network
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The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the U.S.: Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand
An overview of the respiratory therapist workforce across the U.S. including their practice scope and settings, supply and distribution, education and credentialing, and work force capacity with an additional focus on the emergency related concerns of COVID-19.
Author(s): Susan M Skillman, Bianca K Frogner, Arati Dahal, Benjamin A Stubbs, Grace Guenther
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
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