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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

Colorado's Primary Care Workforce: A Study of Regional Disparities
Analyzes the primary care workforce across Colorado in 2014, including rural and underserved urban areas. Covers solutions to address the health care workforce capacity. Provides statistics for 21 health regions in Colorado on practicing primary care physicians, population, average weekly patient care hours per physician, and more.
Author(s): Amy Downs, Rebecca Alderfer, Brian Clark, Rebecca Crepin, Deborah Goeken
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Running the Numbers: The Maldistribution of Health Care Providers in Rural and Underserved Areas in North Carolina
Discusses the maldistribution of health care professionals related to population needs in rural North Carolina. Highlights physician workforce shortages in primary care, general surgery, psychiatry, licensed nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Author(s): Julie C. Spero, Erin P. Fraher
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 75(1), 74-79
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Projecting the Supply and Demand for Primary Care Practitioners Through 2020
Examines the adequacy of the future supply of primary care providers to meet the projected demand for primary care. Includes information on physician, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant supply and demand. Discusses likely causes of growth in demand for primary care, and potential impact of increased use of NPs and PAs on alleviating the primary care physician shortage. Section 8 of the full report discusses geographic disparities.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Providers in Rural, Underserved Areas of Michigan
Examines the issues of recruiting and retaining primary care providers in rural and underserved areas of Michigan. Discusses options for medical students to enter primary care and work in underserved areas.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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Expanding Access to Primary Care: The Role of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Certified Nurse Midwives in the Health Center Workforce
Discusses the use of nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and nurse midwives (CNMs) to improve access to healthcare, patient outcomes, and reduce health disparities while promoting a more efficient and cost-effective primary care system.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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HHS Regulatory and Policy Changes Focus on Supporting Rural Health Care
Summarizes regulatory and policy actions in 2012 to assist rural hospitals, clinics, and clinicians who play a key role in ensuring access to quality healthcare services in rural America.
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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5-Year Strategic Plan for Primary Care Provider Recruitment in Oregon
Reviews recruitment best practices and existing recruitment programs for primary care provides in Oregon. Offers a plan for primary care recruitment and retention, focused on increasing primary care professionals in the state, external recruitment effectiveness, and empowering rural and underserved communities.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute
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Primary Care Physician Assistants in Nebraska
Reports on the primary care physician assistant workforce in Nebraska. Includes data on supply, specialty, employment setting, gender, age and rural/urban distribution.Discusses policy recommendations for growing the primary care physician assistant workforce.
Author(s): Soumitra S. Bhuyan, Marlene Deras, Tamara S. Ritsema, Michael J. Huckabee, Jim P. Stimpson
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center: Center for Health Policy
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Most Family Physicians Work Routinely With Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, or Certified Nurse Midwives
Reports that more than half of family physicians work with nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or certiļ¬ed nurse midwives, and doing so helps ensure access to health care services, particularly in rural areas.
Author(s): Lars E. Peterson, Robert L. Phillips, James C. Puffer, Andrew Bazemore, Stephen Petterson
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 26(3), 244-245
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Growth and Changes in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Workforce with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Studied how additional supplemental funding to the National Health Service Corps through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was focused on granting more loan repayment awards to clinicians who agreed to work in underserved areas, affected the NHSC's workforce. States that proportions of the NHSC's workforce serving in rural areas changed only modestly.
Author(s): Donald E. Pathman, Thomas R. Konrad
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 25(5), 723-733
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
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