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Few Hospital Palliative Care Programs Meet National Staffing Recommendations

This study, which was published in Health Affairs, was the first major data analysis of hospital palliative care programs’ workforce. The growing field of palliative care, which affects nearly all...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Nancy Dudley, Laura Trupin, Maggie Rogers, Diane E. Meier, and Tamara Dumanovsky
Date: Sep. 07, 2016

Issue Brief: California's Teaching Health Centers

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to increase the number of primary care physicians serving people in medically...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Margaret Fix and Kristine Himmerick
Date: Aug. 17, 2016

Reducing Health Care Disparities for Minority Women in the Era of the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities within Primary Care

Despite improvements in overall health of the American population, disparities persist, particularly for minority women. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers the potential to reduce disparities...

Author(s): Leah Karliner, Angela Marks and Sunita Mutha
Date: May. 31, 2016

Survey of Nurse Employers in California, Fall 2015

This study, which summarizes findings from a survey of general acute care hospital employers, was conducted in collaboration with the Hospital Association of Southern California and HealthImpact....

Author(s): Tim Bates, Lela Chu, Joanne Spetz
Date: May. 16, 2016

California Board of Registered Nursing 2015 Simulation in Nursing Education Survey

This survey of recently-graduated California registered nurses (RNs) was intended to gather information about their experiences with simulation-based education, and how such education has or has not...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Lela Chu and Lisel Blash
Date: May. 06, 2016

Wage Growth for the Health Care Workforce: Projecting the Affordable Care Act Impact

How will the Affordable Care Act impact demand for health care workers and their wages?  The answer could mean good news for physicians and registered nurses, but bad news for health consumers:...

Author(s): Stephen T. Parente, Roger Feldman, Joanne Spetz and Bryan Dowd
Date: May. 04, 2016

Differences in Innovative Behavior Among Hospital-Based Registered Nurses

The 2010 Institute of Medicine report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change,Advancing Health," advocated for nurses to innovate in their practice, research, and education. However, little is known...

Author(s): Dy Bunpin, Jose J. III RN, PhD, Chapman, Susan RN, PhD, FAAN, Blegen, Mary RN, PhD, FAAN, Spetz, Joanne PhD
Date: Mar. 30, 2016

Improving collection and use of interprofessional health workforce data: Progress and peril

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine released a report calling for the creation of infrastructure to collect and analyze inter professional health workforce data to ensure that the US has an adequate...

Date: Mar. 25, 2016

How Could Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Be Deployed to Provide Rural Primary Care?

The Affordable Care Act is projected to result in nearly three-quarters of a million additional insured people in rural regions of the U.S. These newly insured are expected to generate 1.39 million...

Author(s): Eric H. Larson, PhD, C. Holly A. Andrilla, MS, Cynthia Coulthard, MPH, Joanne Spetz, PhD
Date: Mar. 15, 2016

Evolving Delivery Models for Dental Care Services in Long-Term Care Settings: 4 State Case Studies

As the Baby Boomer Generation ages into long-term care (LTC) facilities, the number of individuals requiring dental care will rise, but these systems are not set up to adequately meet their needs....

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Cynthia Wides 
Date: Feb. 05, 2016