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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

Buprenorphine Prescribing by Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Physicians After CARA 2016
Investigates the differences in buprenorphine prescribing patterns among nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and physicians in Medicaid following implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) addressing opioid use disorder (OUD). Retail pharmacy claims from July 2017 to June 2018 were analyzed to identify prescriber type, number of patients, payer type, rural and urban differences, and Medicaid trends for FDA-approved buprenorphine drugs for the treatment of OUD.
Author(s): Rekha Varghese, Karin Johnson, Bo Feng, et al.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: IMPAQ International, LLC, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Minnesota's Physician Assistant Workforce, 2019
Provides an overview of Minnesota's physician assistant (PA) workforce using September 2019 data from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practices (BMP) and the 2018 PA survey. Presents information on demographics, education, employment, and geographic distribution.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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2019 New Hampshire Physician Assistant Workforce Data Report
An overview of the physician assistant workforce in New Hampshire based on data from the 2019 Physician Assistant Licensure Survey. Features statistics including demographics, principal specialties, distribution by rurality of location, payment assistance type and availability, and geographic disparities.
Date: 2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
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Utah's Physician Assistant Workforce, 2019: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of PAs in Utah
An overview of Utah's physician assistant (PA) workforce, based on results of a 2018 survey. Features statistics including the percentages of Utah PAs who have a rural background and who work in rural areas.
Author(s): Jerry Bounsanga
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Burnout and Job and Career Satisfaction in the Physician Assistant Profession: A Review of the Literature
Discussion paper exploring factors contributing to burnout and job satisfaction among physician assistants (PAs), by examining 37 scholarly articles, 4 of which evaluate PAs in rural areas. Features a list of high-priority research areas and an appendix showing key findings from each of the 37 articles.
Author(s): Alison C. Essary, Kari S. Bernard, Bettie Coplan, et al.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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The Workforce Trends of Physician Assistants in Iowa (1995-2015)
Examines the growth trends and attrition of the physician assistance (PA) workforce in Iowa with a focus on primary or specialty care practice settings, rural or urban locations, and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Author(s): Thomas S. Gruca, Gregory C. Nelson, Linda Thiesen, David P. Asprey, Sean G. Young
Citation: PLoS One, 13(10)
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Physician Alliance Well-Being Case Study: Avera Health
Highlights a healthcare system based in South Dakota that serves a primarily rural population. Focuses on their program LIGHT: Live, Improve, Grow, Heal and Treat, which seeks to prevent and address burnout for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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California's Physician Assistants: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care
Provides an overview of physician assistants (PAs), focusing on scope of practice regulations in California and evidence for expanding their scope of practice. Discusses how PAs increase access to care, particularly in rural areas, and summarizes studies on the quality and cost-effectiveness of the care they provide. Appendix A includes data on California's PAs, such as their distribution, demographics, and practice setting. Appendix B identifies physician assistant scope of practice elements for each state.
Author(s): Timothy Bates, Joanne Spetz, Miranda Werts
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthforce Center at UCSF
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Addressing the Nation's Primary Care Shortage: Advanced Practice Clinicians and Innovative Care Delivery Models
Highlights gaps in primary care access and ways to address primary care shortages through advanced practice clinicians and care delivery models. Provides some data on nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioner scope of practice laws.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UnitedHealth Group
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Maine's Physician, Nurse Practitioner, and Physician Assistant Workforce in 2018
Presents a report on the workforce supply of physicians, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant workforce in Maine. Compares data to a 2014 report, as well as data from rural and urban counties.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Benjamin A. Stubbs, Arati Dahal
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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