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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

Scarcity of Primary Care Positions May Divert Physician Assistants Into Specialty Practice

Despite state and federal efforts to encourage physician assistants (PAs) to help fill primary care gaps, the proportion of PAs practicing in primary care continues to decline. Using job posting data...

Author(s): Perri Morgan, Kristine A. Himmerick, Brandi Leach, Patricia Dieter, and Christine Everett
Date: Feb. 04, 2016

Nurse Practitioner Autonomy and Satisfaction in Rural Settings

As the population ages and the Affordable Care Act increases demand for primary care, nurse practitioners (NPs) could help fill the gap, especially in rural areas. This analysis of nationally...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Susan M. Skillman, C. Holly A. Andrilla
Date: Jan. 29, 2016

Provider Attitudes Toward the Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Tools in Dental Practice

This is the first study to examine dental provider attitudes toward the implementation of CDS tools incorporated within an electronic health record. Provider attitudes toward CDS tools can shape the...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Olumide Bolarinwa, Cynthia Wides, Steven Gregorich, Kristen Simmons, Ram Vaderhobli, Joel White
Date: Dec. 10, 2015

Future of Nursing Campaign for Action Dashboard Indicators

These are graphic representations of measurable goals that the Campaign for Action has selected to evaluate its efforts in support of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) landmark report, The Future of...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Dec. 01, 2015

Impact of State Scope of Practice Laws and Other Factors on the Practice and Supply of Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

This project explored the effects of nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice (SOP) legislation on the distribution and practice patterns of NPs as well as their billing practices. The goal was to...

Source: ASPE
Date: Nov. 16, 2015

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

As health care shifts away from a fee-for-service model as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care workers in California will be called upon to develop new skills and fill new roles. ...

Author(s): Shelley Oberlin, Susan Chapman, Renae Waneka, Joanne Spetz
Date: Nov. 16, 2015

Forces for Change – Alumni Stories Showcase the Impact of Healthforce Center’s Leadership Programs

This leadership report highlights the impact of Healthforce Center’s leadership programs across a diverse group of six leaders.  All six individuals graduated from their respective programs having...

Source: Healthforce Center at UCSF
Date: Nov. 01, 2015

The National Landscape of Personal Care Aide Training Standards

This report presents research findings on the national landscape of personal care aide (PCA) training requirements across state Medicaid-funded programs. These programs enable older adults and...

Author(s): Abby Marquand, Susan A. Chapman
Source: Healthforce Center at UCSF
Date: Oct. 31, 2015