The Supply and Distribution of Physicians in New York
The Center recently completed its annual profile of the supply and distribution of physicians licensed in New York. The study found that while New York experienced an overall increase in the supply of physicians between 2003 and 2007, several upstate regions saw little growth in their physician supply over that time period. The report also found that underrepresented minorities (Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians) made up about 10 percent of the physician supply in 2007, but approximately 35% of New York’s population. This report is posted to the Center’s Web site at: http://www.chwsny.org/r-2008-16/.
Preliminary Findings from the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Re-registration Surveys
In September of 2007, the Center initiated surveys of dentists and dental hygienists at the time of New York license renewal. Re-registration for these professions occurs over a three-year period. The Center analyzed the first 16 months of survey data, which represents 24% of all licensed dentists and 29% of all licensed dental hygienists in New York and prepared research briefs that describe the basic characteristics of active dentists and dental hygienists. The Center plans to use the survey results to more closely monitor the supply and distribution of these oral health professionals and to identify areas that qualify for designation as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas. Download the dentist research brief and dental hygienist research brief.
Trends in Demand for New Physicians, 2002-2008
The Center conducts an annual survey of all physicians completing residency training or fellowship programs in New York. Based on analysis of these data, the Center’s report profiles trends in demand for new physicians in 35 specialties from 2002-2008. The study found that the overall marketplace appears good for new physicians, but there exist important differences in the relative demand for each specialty. Specialties experiencing the strongest demand were dermatology, urology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, neurology, adult psychiatry, and orthopedics, while the specialties experiencing the weakest demand were plastic surgery, allergy and immunology, rheumatology, nephrology, thoracic surgery, pathology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. View the report on the Center’s Web site: http://www.chwsny.org/archive/uploads/2012/07/extrends2009.pdf.
Preliminary Findings from the Registered Nurse (RN) Re-registration Survey
Beginning in January of 2008, the Center launched a re-registration survey for all licensed RNs in the state. Data from this survey will be used to monitor the nursing workforce in New York with the expectation that timely data on the supply and distribution of RNs can inform programs and policies designed to increase the number of active RNs. The Center analyzed the first year of survey data, which represents 12% of all licensed RNs in New York, and prepared a research brief on their basic characteristics. This research brief can be downloaded here.
Works in Progress…
Study of Health Information Technology Adoption in New York
The Center, a member of the Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative, is conducting a study to assess the health information technology (HIT) adoption rates for all of New York’s hospitals and a sample of the state’s physicians working in ambulatory settings. The surveys are modeled after ones used in a national study of HIT adoption to allow for comparisons between New York and other states. The hospital survey is currently in the field and the Center is collaborating with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York to promote the survey to their members and to conduct aggressive outreach in order to assure a high response rate.
Workforce Study of Certified Diabetes Educators in New York
The Center, with support from the New York State Health Foundation, is conducting a market assessment of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) in the state. The study examines the supply, distribution, and demographic and practice characteristics of CDEs as well as demand for their services. The study also assesses career pathways for CDEs and the adequacy of the educational pipeline for CDEs. A census survey of all CDEs in the state is being conducted in order to develop a comprehensive profile of the profession. A sample survey of CDE employers will also be conducted in order to identify supply/demand gaps, to better understand variations in demand by region and by practice setting and to identify models of service delivery using CDEs.
Gaetano Forte, director of information management at the Center, gave a presentation, In-State Retention of New York Medical Residents and Fellows in 2008 at the 2009 Annual AAMC Physician Workforce Research Conference held April 29–May 1 in Washington, D.C.
Jean Moore, director of the Center, attended the International Health Economics Association 7th World Congress, which was held this month in Beijing, China. She presented a paper, An Analysis of Racial/Ethnic Pay Disparities Among Registered Nurses in New York City Hospitals, that was based on data from a survey of RNs working in New York hospitals conducted by the Center in 2006.
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