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Resources by Topic: Health occupations

Teledentistry & Virtual Evaluations During COVID-19
A free, online webinar for dentists and dental students providing an overview of teledentistry and low-cost technologies for dentists who want to temporarily use virtual services during the coronavirus pandemic. Covers the privacy and billing aspects of teledentistry, and includes reference materials and links to credible information sources on HIPAA, documentation and dental coding. Requires registration.
Author(s): Paul Glassman, Nathan Suter
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Dental Association
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Virtually Perfect? Telemedicine for Covid-19
Perspective article that discusses the role telehealth could play in responding to COVID-19. Discusses telemedicine approaches related to surge control and triage, patient isolation, eICU, community paramedicine, and more.
Author(s): Judd E. Hollander, Brendan G. Carr
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 382, 1679-1681
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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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: 04/2020
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: 04/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Washington State's 2019 Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Workforce
Reports on the existing advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) workforce supply in the state of Washington. Highlights the characteristics, distribution, qualifications, and practice settings of ARNPs using data collected from a 2019 Nursys e-Notify survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and from state license renewals.
Additional links: Appendix – Unweighted Response Counts and Percentages for Each Survey Question
Author(s): Benjamin A. Stubbs, Susan M. Skillman
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
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AACOM 2019-20 Academic Year Entering Student Survey Summary Report
Results of a survey of 6,906 first year students in 36 colleges of osteopathic medicine and branch campuses. Topics include medical education debt and scholarships, graduate medical education plans, and percentages of students who plan to practice in underserved or shortage areas, with breakdowns by inner-city or rural background and other demographics.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
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ACOG Practice Advisory: Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Provides guidance for obstetricians and gynecologists related to COVID-19. Covers testing, infection prevention and control, precautions for healthcare workforce, care for pregnant women, breastfeeding, and other topics.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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Washington State's 2019 Registered Nurse Workforce
Reports on the existing registered nurse (RN) workforce supply in the state of Washington. Highlights the characteristics, distribution, qualifications, and practice settings of RNs using data collected from a 2019 Nursys e-Notify survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and from state license renewals.
Additional links: Appendix – Unweighted Response Counts and Percentages for Each Survey Question
Author(s): Benjamin A. Stubbs, Susan M. Skillman
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2020
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussion on Medicare payment policies directly affecting rural providers and beneficiaries. Addresses payment adequacy for healthcare facilities and services, improving Medicare payment for post-acute care, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and the impact of healthcare provider consolidation.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Standard Precautions Among Emergency Medical Services in Urban and Rural Areas
Study examining EMS adherence to standard precautions regarding blood and bodily fluid safety, comparing rural and urban EMS providers in West Virginia. Analyzes survey data to understand general exposure prevention practices. Discusses role of occupational health professionals in administering standard precautions training and evaluation for EMS providers.
Author(s): Riyadh Alhazmi, R. David Parker, Sijin Wen
Citation: Workplace Health and Safety, 68(2), 73-80
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
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