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Medical Assistants in Community Clinics: Perspectives on Innovation in Role Development

There has been growing interest in expansion of the role of medical assistants (MAs) in community clinics, where their utilization has increased in recent years. Ten clinics identified as using MAs...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Melanie Chan, Tim Bates
Date: Jun 2010

A Review of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program 1973-2007

California’s Health Workforce Pilot Projects (HWPP) program was established in 1972 and is administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The HWPP program offers an...

Author(s): Cynthia Wides, Catherine Dower
Date: May 2010

Implications of the California Nurse Staffing Mandate for Other States

Objectives To determine whether nurse staffing in California hospitals, where state-mandated minimum nurse-to-patient ratios are in effect, differs from two states without legislation and whether...

Author(s): Linda Aiken, Douglas Sloane, Jeannie Cimiotti, Sean Clarke, Linda Flynn, Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz, Herbert Smith
Date: May. 01, 2010

Payment Regulations for Advanced Practice Nurses: Implications for Primary Care

The shortage of primary care providers (PCPs) in the United States may be worsened with health reform if more individuals receive health insurance coverage. Previous research suggests that Advanced...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Cynthia Wides, Joanne Spetz
Date: May. 01, 2010

2008-2009 Annual School Report: Data Summary and Historical Trend Analysis

Each year, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires all pre-licensure registered nursing programs in California to complete a survey detailing statistics of their programs, students...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Renae Waneka
Date: Mar. 24, 2010

Recent Findings about California’s RN Workforce

The 2008 Survey of Registered Nurses gathered data on the licensed nursing workforce in California, including race/ethnicity, education, hours worked, and job satisfaction. This presentation shares...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Feb. 10, 2010

Staffing Patterns in California’s Licensed Community Clinics: Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Medical Assistants

This issue brief describes utilization of Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), and medical assistants (MA) over the period 2005-2008. We found that the proportion of clinic sites...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Susan A. Chapman
Date: Feb 2010

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