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Medicare Support for Dental and Podiatry Graduate Medical Education Programs

Oral health care faces ongoing workforce challenges that affect patient access and outcomes. While the Medicare program provides an estimated $14.6 billion annually in graduate medical education (GME...

Author(s): Candice Chen, YoonKyung Chung, Geoffrey Broadbent, and Elizabeth Mertz 
Source: JAMA
Date: May 27, 2021

Time to Ensure Sufficient Nursing Home Staffing and Eliminate Inequities in Care

The overwhelming nursing home resident infection and death rates from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the question: What policies can best protect nursing home residents now and in the future? In...

Author(s): Charlene Harrington, Susan Chapman, Elizabeth Halifax, Mary Ellen Dellefield, and Anne Montgomery
Date: May 26, 2021

Adolescents' Substance Use and Physical Activity Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stay-at-home policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic could disrupt adolescents’ substance use and physical activity. This study aimed to compare adolescents’ substance use and physical activity...

Author(s): Benjamin Chaffee, Jing Cheng, Elizabeth Couch, Kristin Hoeft, and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher
Date: May 3, 2021

Implementation of Care Coordination and Technology in the Dental Setting to Address High-Risk Patient Needs

Poor oral health, and biological impact of oral disease, affects a person's general health and well-being. Using electronic dental health record data to identify high-risk dental caries patients...

Author(s): Kristen Simmons, Alfa Yansane, Ryan Brandon, Laura Dimmler, Joel White, and Elizabeth Mertz
Date: May 2021

2019-2020 Annual School Report: Data Summary for Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs

The 2019-2020 Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) School Survey was designed to provide comparable data to prior surveys and was updated based on recommendations from the Board's Nursing Education and...

Author(s): Lisel Blash and Joanne Spetz
Date: April 14, 2021

Envisioning a More Expansive Future for Multidisciplinary Nursing Scholarship and Education

There are indeed many pressing questions and issues facing the discipline of Nursing including significant numbers of faculty retirements, concerns about the rigor of nursing PhD programs, declines...

Author(s): Wendy Bostwick, Julienne Rutherford, Crystal Patil, Robert Ploutz-Snyder, Joanne Spetz, Rob Stephenson, and Olga Yakusheva
Date: April 12, 2021

Implementing Care Coordination in a Large Dental Care Organization in the United States by Upskilling Front Office Personnel

Care coordination is a key strategy used to improve health outcomes and efficiency, yet there are limited examples in dentistry. A large dental accountable care organization piloted care coordination...

Author(s): Aubri Kottek, Kristin Hoeft, JOel White, Kristen Simmons, and Elizabeth Mertz. 
Date: April 7, 2021

The Association Between Scope of Practice Regulations and Nurse Practitioner Prescribing of Buprenorphine After the 2016 Opioid Bill

This article examines the relationship between federal regulations, state scope-of-practice regulations on nurse practitioners (NPs), and buprenorphine prescribing patterns using pharmacy claims data...

Author(s): Thuy Nguyen, Ulrike Muench, Barbara Andraka-Christou, Kosali Simon, W. David Bradford, and Joanne Spetz
Date: April 1, 2021

California Healthcare Almanac: Physicians

Although the number of active physicians increased by 21% between 2006 and 2018, and exceeded the 10% population growth, many areas in California face substantial shortages of primary care providers...

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Emmie Calimlim, and Margaret Fix
Date: March 5, 2021

California Healthcare Almanac: Nurses

Nursing is the single largest health profession in the state. These quick reference guides look at supply, demographics, education, distribution, and pay for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed...

Author(s): Timothy Bates and Amber R. Rose
Date: March 4, 2021