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Investing in a 21st Century Health Workforce: A Call for Accountability

The nation requires a workforce adequately sized and educated in the specialty areas needed to address the health needs of all people that practices in the places, settings, and specialties where...

Author(s): Angela Beck, Joanne Spetz, Patricia Pittman, Biance Frogner, Erin Fraher, Jean Moore, David Armstrong, and Peter Buerhaus
Date: September 15, 2021

Development of the California Oral Health Literacy Toolkit

Although many factors contribute to the high prevalence of oral health problems and widening disparities in the U.S., limited oral health literacy has emerged as a major contributor. Oral health...

Author(s): Linda Neuhauser, Anthony Eleftherion, Rebecca Freed, Rosanna Jackson, Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Jessica Liu, Susan Ivey, Kristin Hoeft, Alice Horowitz, and Jayanth Kumar
Date: Sep 2021

Optimal Staffing Models to Care for Frail Older Adults in Primary Care And Geriatrics Practices in the U.S.

Different staffing configurations in primary and geriatric care practices could have implications for how best to deliver services that are essential for a growing population of older adults. Using...

Author(s): David Auerbach, Douglas Levy, Peter Maramaldi, Robert Dittus, Joanne Spetz, Peter Buerhaus, and Karen Donelan
Date: Sep 2021

Advancing Health Worker Well-Being: Trends and Opportunities

Health systems are uniquely positioned to advance health equity in communities by ensuring that workers are well, resilient, and equipped to deliver high-quality care. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown...

Author(s): Sunita Mutha, Emily Shen, and Diane Schweitzer
Date: Sep 2021

Assessing the Job Satisfaction of Registered Nurses Using Sentiment Analysis and Clustering Analysis

Job satisfaction is a critical component of the professional work environment and is often ascertained through surveys that include structured or open-ended questions. Differences between the job...

Author(s): Matthew Jura, Joanne Spetz, and Der-Ming Liou
Date: August 12, 2021

The CMS State Innovation Model Initiative and Improved Health Information Technology and Care Management Capabilities of Physician Practices

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) State Innovation Models (SIMs) initiative funded 17 states to implement health care payment and delivery system reforms to improve health system...

Author(s): Zosha Kandel, Diane Rittenhouse, Salma Bibi, Taressa Fraze, Stephen Shortell, and Hector Rodríguez
Date: Aug 2021

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on California’s Registered Nurse Workforce: Preliminary Data

During the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous concerns about the nursing workforce have been reported. This study used data from two surveys conducted in California to assess the current and future supply...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Lela Chu, and Lisel Blash
Date: Aug 2021

Patient Perspectives on the Quality of Professional Interpretation: Results from LASI Study

The use of professional interpretation is associated with improvements in overall healthcare of patients with limited English proficiency. For these patients, it is important to understand whether...

Author(s): Sarita Pathak, Steven Gregorich, Lisa Diamond, Sunita Mutha, Esme Seto, Jennifer Livaudais-Toman, and Leah Karliner
Date: Aug 2021

The Role of Schedule Volatility in Home Health Nursing Turnover

Despite considerable research on nursing turnover, few studies have considered turnover among nurses working in home health care. Using novel administrative data from one of the largest home health...

Author(s): Alon Bergman, Hummy Song, Guy David, Joanne Spetz, and Molly Candon
Date: July 26, 2021

Personal Care Assistance in Rural America

PCAs provide essential services for people with self-care disabilities (eg, difficulty dressing, bathing, and running errands) and yet are not sufficiently available where there are higher numbers of...

Author(s): Rayna Sage, Lillie Greiman, Susan Chapman, Laura Wagner, Timothy Bates, and Ari Lissau
Date: July 26, 2021