Dreaming The American Dream: Once More Around On Physician Workforce Policy

For more than half a century the devotees of public health planning in the United States have dreamed of planning the size, composition, and spatial distribution of the nation’s physician work-force so that it can meet the projected “need” for health services in an efficient and equitable manner. Undaunted by a century of failure in this regard, Kevin Grumbach’s paper, “Fighting Hand to Hand over Physician Workforce Policy,” is one more installment of this perpetual American dream. His paper leads one to wonder whether the planning he advocates could ever work—anywhere.

Bridging the Gaps (Healthcare IT)

Ryan Champlin, vice president of operations for the physician network at the Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, isn’t prone to hyperbole. But when it comes to practical implications of the athenahealth-Microsoft partnership that was announced at HIMSS11 in February, he can’t help it.

“People get mad at me for being so excited about this,” said Champlin, “but, honestly, this is the holy grail of health data.”

Building a High-Reliability Culture

Changing the culture in a hospital is not for the weak of heart, but we should also realize that we are not blazing new territory. We can look to industries such as naval aviation, nuclear power, commercial airlines and nuclear submarines for examples of culture change and the development of safety as a core value.

Securing Healthcare Jobs for Mature Workers

White Paper Summary The graying of America will be reflected in its workforce: between 2010 and 2016, the number of workers 55 and over is projected to increase by 36%, a significant jump when compared to younger populations. Current workforce development efforts

CFO insights: Employee benefits considerations

White Paper Summary A special CFO Insights series addressing health care reform lays out three considerations for CFOs with regard to employee benefits and human resource planning. These considerations include: a) workforce transformation and planning; b) managing uncertainty and avoiding unintended consequences

Where Are Organizations in the Decision-Making Process?

Survey Summary Are organizations waiting on regulatory guidance to make some health care decisions? In this third poll in the health care series, nearly one-half of organizations (48%) indicated that they are waiting on regulatory guidance or information on specific provisions in

An Integrated Workforce Planning Strategy for the Health Services

White Paper Summary Workforce planning must take into account the availability of the health workforce. It is necessary that health sector employers work closely with the education institutions to produce graduates that meet the competency requirements for employment. The proper skill mix

Changes Ahead: Health Care Reform in a Challenging Economy

Article Summary In the wake of passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), health care costs continue to mount for employers, according to Towers Watson surveys of U.S. employers conducted in May and August of this year: The anticipated

Experts Name 9 ways to Fix Healthcare Workforce Shortage

Article Summary The United States needs to invest more in primary care providers – one of nine ways to increase the healthcare workforce, according to the Center for American Progress. In a new report released Thursday, Ellen-Marie Whelan and Daniel Derksen of

Health Reform and the Healthcare Workforce

Joanne Spetz from the UCSF Center for the Health Professions examines how health reform will impact the healthcare workforce. Series: “Health Policy Studies”, UCTelevision. Watch video on YouTube