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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

The Role of Physician Assistants in Health Care Delivery
Describes the role of physician assistants (PAs) in the U.S. healthcare system with information related to state regulations, PA education, scope of practice, and their importance in rural healthcare facilities. Also provides policy recommendations to help states attract, retain, and realize the value of PAs within their healthcare system.
Author(s): Amanda Dunker, Esther Krofah, Frederick Isasi
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Models to Estimate the Economic Impact of a Rural Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
Discusses the advantages of using nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) for the provision of primary care services to meet the workforce challenges in rural settings and how they contribute economically to the community.
Additional links: Summary
Author(s): Fred C. Eilrich, Gerald A. Doeksen, Cheryl F. St. Clair,
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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The Supply of Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Nurse Midwives in Arizona
Shares information on Arizona's non-physician provider to population ratio and compares it to other states. Reports the number of PA, NP, and CNM providers attending Arizona schools and estimates the number of providers needed to meet predetermined benchmarks. Also provides recommendations for improving access to healthcare, particularly in rural and high need areas, and improving the supply and distribution of Arizona's PA, NP, and CNM workforce.
Author(s): Joe Tabor, Nick Jennings, Lindsay Kohler, et al.
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Arizona Area Health Education Center Program, Arizona Center for Rural Health
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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 healthcare 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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