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Economics of Health Care and Nursing: How Will Health Reform Affect Demand for RNs?

This is a complex question to answer, but recent work published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies tries to quantify the effect of the ACA. The report by Frogner and Spetz (2013)...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Jan. 30, 2014

Impact of the 2010 Affordable Care Act on the California Labor Force

A microsimulation model was developed to assess insurance enrollment growth in California due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, increased demand for health services resulting from...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Ken Jacobs, Bianca Frogner, Shelley Oberlin, Steve Parente, Dylan Roby, Nigel Lo, Greg Watson, Jack Needleman
Date: Jan. 26, 2014

Identifying Potential Predictors of a Safe Attending Physician Workload: A Survey of Hospitalists

Attending physician workload may be compromising patient safety and quality of care. Recent studies show hospitalists, intensivists, and surgeons report that excessive attending physician workload...

Author(s): Henry J. Michtalik, Peter J. Pronovost, Jill A. Marsteller, Joanne Spetz, Daniel J. Brotman
Date: Nov. 11, 2013

Baccalaureate Education in Nursing and Patient Outcomes

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of registered nurse (RN) education by determining whether nurse-sensitive patient outcomes were better in hospitals with a higher...

Author(s): Mary Blegen, Colleen Goode, Shin Hye Park, Thomas Vaugh, Joanne Spetz
Date: Nov. 01, 2013

Scope-of-Practice Laws for Nurse Practitioners Limit Cost Savings that can be Achieved in Retail Clinics

Retail clinics have the potential to reduce health spending by offering convenient, low-cost access to basic health care services. Retail clinics are often staffed by nurse practitioners (NPs), whose...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Stephen Parente, Robert Town, Dawn Bazarko
Date: Nov. 01, 2013

Policy Solutions to Address the Foreign-Educated and Foreign-Born Health Care Workforce in the United States

Foreign-educated and foreign-born health workers constitute a sizable and important portion of the US health care workforce. We review the distribution of these workers and their countries of origin...

Author(s): Peggy Chen, David Auerbach, Ulrike Muench, Leslie Curry, Elizabeth Bradley
Date: Nov. 01, 2013

Affordable Care Act of 2010: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations

The health care industry has been an engine of job growth, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is expected to stimulate further growth. Over the next decade, the health care sector could add 4....

Author(s): Bianca Frogner, Joanne Spetz
Date: Oct. 17, 2013

The Diversity of California’s Registered Nursing Workforce – 2013 Update

Multiple data sources were analyzed to provide detailed information about the diversity of California’s registered nurse workforce and to develop projections of future diversity.

Author(s): Renae Waneka, Joanne Spetz
Date: Oct. 09, 2013

California Board of Registered Nursing 2012 Survey of Registered Nurses

The biennial California Survey of Registered Nurses provides information about the demographics, education, and employment of registered nurses in the state.

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Dennis Keane, Lela Chu, Lisel Blash
Date: Oct. 06, 2013

Medical Assistants in California: Legal Scope of Practice

This summary covers current (as of Sept 2013) scope of practice for medical assistants (MAs) in the state of California. In California, MAs are unlicensed personnel who work in physician (MD),...

Author(s): Catherine Dower
Source: Healthforce Center at UCSF
Date: Sep. 23, 2013