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The Increasing Role of Medical Assistants in Small Primary Care Physician Practice: Key Issues and Policy Implications

The purpose of this project was to understand the role of medical assistants in solo and small primary care physician practices. The study team described the background, training, and certification...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Angela Marks, Melanie Chan
Date: Feb 2010

Achieving Quality in Health Care Through Language Access Services: Lessons from a California Public Hospital

Provision of language services is central to the delivery of equitable, safe, high-quality health care for patients with limited English proficiency. However, there are many barriers to ensuring...

Author(s): Leah S. Karliner, Sunita Mutha
Date: Jan 2010

Improving Access to Health Care in California: Testing New Roles for Providers

This issue brief examines the State of California’s Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program, which promotes demonstrations to test new practice models for improved care delivery by: 1) granting...

Author(s): Sharon Christian, Catherine Dower
Date: Dec 2009

Comparative Snapshot of Four Allied Health Occupations in California: Community Health Workers, Medical Assistants, Certified Nurse Assistants and Home Health Aides

Community health workers (CHWs), medical assistants (MAs), certified nurse assistants (CNAs), and home health aides (HHAs) are among California’s most highly demanded and largest allied health groups...

Author(s): Sharon Christian, Catherine Dower
Date: Nov 2009

Enhancing Faculty Mentoring of Medical Students

Background: Mentors are important in the personal and professional development of medical students. Little is known about how the structure of a mentoring program impacts on student‐faculty...

Author(s): Karen Seal, Sunita Mutha
Date: Nov. 03, 2009

Addressing Children's Oral Health in the New Millennium: Trends in the Dental Workforce

Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (SGROH) and National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health outlined the need to increase the diversity, capacity, and flexibility of the dental...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Wendy Mouradian
Date: Nov. 01, 2009

Evaluating Success: Strategies and Challenges for Understanding IT Implementations in a Rural Hospital

In 2004, a small rural hospital in California received a grant for the implementation of an integrated IT system. As part of the grant, the hospital worked with a university team to evaluate the...

Author(s): Dennis Keane, Joanne Spetz
Date: Oct 2009

How Have Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios Impacted Hospitals? Perspectives from California Hospital Leaders

In 2004, California became the first state to implement minimum-nurse-staffing ratios in acute care hospitals. We examined the wages of registered nurses (RNs) before and after the legislation was...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Joanne Spetz, Jean Ann Seago, Jennifer Kaiser, Catherine Dower, Carolina Herrera
Date: Oct 2009

Forecasts of the Registered Nurse Workforce in California 2009

This report presents supply and demand forecasts for the Registered Nurse (RN) workforce in California from 2009 through 2030. These forecasts are based on data from the 2008 California Board of...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Sep. 29, 2009

IT Implementation in a Rural Hospital: A Cautionary Tale

An increasing number of hospitals are implementing electronic medical records and other information technology (IT), and national policy is focused on fostering expansion of these systems. In...

Author(s): Dennis Keane, Joanne Spetz
Date: Sep 2009