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Physician Workforce and Medical Education in California

This report presents an overview of California’s allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians. Allopathic medical schools grant the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, while osteopathic medical...

Author(s): Margaret Fix and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Oral Health Workforce and Education in California

Dentists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat problems related to oral health. Common tasks include repairing or removing damaged teeth, filling cavities, performing root canals,...

Author(s): Connie Kwong and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workforce and Education in California

Registered nurses (RNs) are the largest group of health care professionals in the United States. They work in a wide range of health care settings and provide a variety of services including acute...

Author(s): Connie Kwong and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Optometry Workforce and Education in California

Optometrists are health care professionals who have earned a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Common tasks performed by optometrists include conducting eye examinations, diagnosing vision problems (...

Author(s): Connie Kwong and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Nurse Practitioner Role and Practice Environment in Primary and in Nonprimary Care in California

The nurse practitioner (NP) role has evolved substantially from its origins in primary care, with NPs increasingly being employed in the medical and surgical specialties. Between 2008 and 2016, there...

Author(s): Shira Winters, Susan A. Chapman, Garrett K. Chan, Karen Duderstadt, and Joanne Spetz
Date: July 23, 2020

Nurse Staffing and Coronavirus Infections in California Nursing Homes

In the US, nursing home residents and staff have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This study compares nursing homes in California with and without COVID-19 positive residents. They...

Author(s): Charlene Harrington, Leslie Ross, Susan Chapman, Elizabeth Halifax, Bruce Spurlock, and Debra Bakerjian
Date: July 7, 2020

Measurement of Nonbillable Service Value Activities by Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, and Clinical Nurse Specialists in Ambulatory Specialty Care

Revenue-generating health care activities, generally accepted as a measure of productivity, do not account for the full range of health care activities that enhance patient care. We analyzed the...

Author(s): Shira Winter, Garrett K Chan, Clair Kuriakose, Karen Duderstadt, Joanne Spetz, Debbie Hsieh, Charlene Platon, and Susan A Chapman
Date: June 30, 2020

Scope-of-Practice for Nurse Practitioners and Adherence to Medications for Chronic Illness in Primary Care

Nonadherence to medications is costly and improving adherence is difficult, requiring multifactorial solutions, including policy solutions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of one...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Christopher Whaley, Janet Coffman, and Joanne Spetz
Date: June 24, 2020

Financial Vulnerability and Worker Well-Being: A Comparison of Long-Term Services and Supports Workers With Other Health Workers

Over 1.5 million new jobs need to be filled by 2026 for medical assistants, nursing aides, and home care aides, many of which will work in the long-term services and supports (LTSS) sector. Using 16...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Matthew Jura, Joanne Spetz, Rachel Mathison, and Charlene Herrington
Date: June 20, 2020

How Collaborative Practice Agreements Impede the Provision of Vital Behavioral Health Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed issues relating to Scope of Practice (SOP) regulations and restrictions on Nurse Practitioner (NP) practice to the forefront. Many Governors issued Executive Orders...

Author(s): Brendan Martin, Bethany J. Phoenix, and Susan A. Chapman
Date: June 19, 2020