California’s shortage of health care workers is severe. Statewide, more than 22% of Californians live in an area without enough primary care providers. There, patients often face a health care system lacking enough nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and others. California needs to add 500,000 new allied health care professionals such as medical assistants, imaging specialists, and more. Closing the gap will require partnership among employers, workers, policymakers, colleges, licensing entities, and others.
What’s Happening: New graduate medical education (GME) residency slots have been allotted to teaching hospitals serving geographic areas and underserved populations.
What Else to Know: Applications for the third round of residency positions will open in January and close March 31.
HQI and CHPSO will host a webinar on the impact of drug shortages on patients and health care operations on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. (PT).
CHA has created a two-page resource on the new requirements, including revisions to the definition of “employee” and “qualifying employer,” that will enable California’s nonprofit hospitals to certify physician employment under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
CHA — along with the California Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and Texas Hospital Association — has submitted a letter to U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Miguel Cardona about the Application and Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched a new Pediatric Specialty Loan Repayment Program to recruit and retain clinicians who provide health care to children and adolescents.