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CIN Connections, Fall 2018: Integrating Primary Care and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Ensuring that Californians have timely access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment that is appropriately linked to their physical health care represents a huge challenge and opportunity for...

Author(s): Sandra Newman, LSN Health Strategy
Date: October 18, 2018

Medication Adherence, Costs, and ER Visits of Nurse Practitioner and Primary Care Physician Patients

Objective To compare medication adherence, cost, and utilization in Medicare beneficiaries attributed to nurse practitioners (NP) and primary care physicians (PCP). Data Medicare Part A, B, and D...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Chaoran Guo, Cindy Thomas and Jennifer Perloff
Date: October 3, 2018

California’s Physician Assistants: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

Physician assistants (PAs) — state-licensed health professionals who practice medicine in collaboration with physicians and other providers — provide high-quality care, and are more likely to work in...

Author(s): Timothy Bates, Joanne Spetz and Miranda Werts
Date: September 25, 2018

Evaluation of the San Francisco Support at Home Program: Year One Report

The purpose of this project is to conduct a two-year formative and summative evaluation of the San Francisco Support at Home program. The Support at Home program provides financial support for the...

Author(s): Laura Wagner, Jacqueline Miller, Susan Chapman, Timothy Bates & Joanne Spetz
Date: September 12, 2018

California’s Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed additional education to prepare them to deliver a broad range of services including the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: September 7, 2018

Expanding Registered Apprenticeships in Health Care

Registered apprenticeships (RA) – programs that have formal standards and are regulated by both federal and state agencies – have a long history in the United States. Health care-related RA programs...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Susan Chapman and Joanne Spetz.
Date: September 4, 2018

California Nurse Practitioners Are Positioned To Fill The Primary Care Gap, But They Face Barriers To Practice

Nurse practitioners are well prepared to help fill care gaps arising from shortages of primary care physicians in California. This article reports findings from a survey of California nurse...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz and Ulrike Muench
Date: September 3, 2018

Breaking Barriers for Underrepresented Minorities in the Health Professions

In spite of the United States’ racial and ethnic diversity, the health care workforce remains predominately white, particularly in professions that require doctoral degrees. This has a real and...

Author(s): Christopher Toretsky, Sunita Mutha and Janet Coffman
Date: July 30, 2018

California’s Physicians: Headed for a Drought?

The people in California’s communities rely on physicians — primary care providers and specialists alike — to keep them healthy. This report, compiled using data from surveys completed by doctors...

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Margaret Fix and Michelle Ko
Date: June 25, 2018

Solutions to Reduce Imminent Primary Care Shortage in California

California needs a comprehensive strategy for primary care workforce development to alleviate a statewide shortfall of primary care providers that is projected to occur within the next 15 years....

Author(s): Janet Coffman and Kris Himmerick
Date: June 12, 2018