Many projects conducted at CHWS are designed to support ongoing monitoring of New York’s health workforce. With support from key stakeholders, CHWS uses both primary and secondary data sources to provide critical information on the supply of and demand for health workers in New York.
THE PRIMARY GOAL IS TO PROVIDE STATE POLICY MAKERS, PLANNERS, AND OTHER INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS WITH THE BEST AVAILABLE, UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT NEW YORK’S HEALTH WORKFORCE TO INFORM DECISION MAKING THAT SUPPORTS A HEALTHIER POPULATION.
Nursing Education Survey
Annually, CHWS conducts a survey of deans and directors of New York State-based registered nursing (RN) programs to understand trends in applications, acceptances, and graduations, and the RN job market. For the 2020 survey, CHWS staff is conducting key informant interviews to identify questions that assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on RN education. Staff are responsible for reviewing survey responses and conducting follow up and technical assistance as necessary.
Recent Nursing Education Reports:
Nurse Practitioner Data Collection
CHWS collects information from New York’s NP workforce as part of their triennial license renewal, as well as, from secondary data sources, including Medicaid claims data. CHWS develops and disseminates reports and research briefs summarizing these data. CHWS also maintains an online interactive tool on NPs in the state.
Recent publications on NPs:
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Graduate Medical Education
In conjunction with graduate medical education (GME) programs across the state, CHWS conducts an annual survey of all physicians completing a residency or fellowship training program in New York. The survey collects information about residents’ and fellows’ demographic and educational characteristics, post-graduation plans, and job market experiences. CHWS produces an annual report of findings based on analyses of survey responses. The goal of this research is to provide stakeholders with information about the outcomes of GME training and demand for new physicians. CHWS also maintains an online interactive tool on GME outcomes in the state.
Recent GME reports:
2018 New York Residency Training Outcomes: A Summary of Responses to the 2018 New York Resident Survey
2017 New York Residency Training Outcomes: A Summary of Responses to the 2017 New York Resident Exit Survey
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Primary Care Needs Assessment
As part of a contract with the New York State Department of Health, CHWS is developing a statewide primary care needs assessment. The project includes a number of components: collecting and analyzing secondary data; conducting stakeholder interviews on recruitment, retention, access to care, and other health workforce related issues; and identifying potential areas of high needs for shortage area designation or redesignation.
Opioid Prescribing Practices of Dentists in NY
CHWS is currently analyzing Medicaid data to understand how oral health prescribing practices influence the abuse of opioids. This study describes dentists’ prescribing patterns prior to the implementation of prescribing guidelines in New York for dentists, and prior to national guidance from the American Dental Association. This study examines the number of follow-up visits after receiving an opioid prescription at a dental visit.
Recruitment and Retention Surveys
CHWS collaborates with key stakeholders around New York State to build partnerships and information gathering regarding the current state of New York’s health workforce. As part of this collaboration, CHWS conducts annual surveys of human resource directors and administrators of health care settings to collect information on current recruitment and retention issues. Additionally, this year CHWS is researching the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recruitment and retention of the health workforce. Summaries of previous recruitment and retention surveys can be found in our annual workforce reports.
The Health Care Workforce in New York State: Trends in the Supply of and Demand for Health Care Workers, 2020
The Health Care Workforce in New York State: Trends in the Supply of and Demand for Health Care Workers, 2018
Effects of COVID-19 on Medicaid Service Delivery
CHWS is analyzing the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of health care services in 2 related studies: 1) the effects of the COVID-19 telehealth services for New York’s Medicaid beneficiaries, and 2) the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on behavioral health services for individuals receiving NY Medicaid benefits. Both studies will assess the utilization of services by setting, by provider type, by geography, by patient demographics, and by diagnosis.
These studies seek to understand telehealth and behavioral health care utilization trends before the pandemic and at different points in time during the 2020 pandemic.
Health Workforce Projections
Annually, the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics develops 10-year projections on the national workforce by occupation and by industry. CHWS pulls out data on the health care industry to describe these projections by health care setting, occupation, and region in New York.
Recent Projections Report:
Regents Physician Shortage Areas
CHWS works with the NYS Department of Health and Education Department to identify shortage areas and shortage facilities annually by analyzing hospitalization data and identifying existing shortage areas. These shortage areas and facilities are used to place physicians through the Regents physician loan repayment program.
Medicaid Participation of Dentists in NY
CHWS is analyzing dental office Medicaid claims to determine the characteristics and utilization trends among dentists serving individuals receiving Medicaid benefits. The research examines both dentists’ participation in Medicaid as well as the volume of Medicaid services they provide. Dentists’ characteristics included in the analysis are age, race/ethnicity, specialty, setting, and dental school attended, among others. A report summarizing the findings is anticipated in 2021.
CHWS collaborates with a number of states, facility and occupational associations, and other stakeholders to understand health care workforce issues. CHWS provides technical assistance on a variety of topics, including but not limited to, conducting program evaluations, developing shortage designations, creating workforce surveys, understanding service obligated program requirements, analyzing Medicaid data, and conducting community needs assessments.
CURRENTLY, CHWS IS PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:
Rational Service Area Development and Monitoring
Based on its experience in New York, CHWS provides technical assistance to primary care offices (PCOs) in other states and other interested researchers on developing rational service areas (RSAs). The technical assistance involves identifying potential data sources and the use of GIS and mapping techniques in creating RSAs.
Small Area Analysis
CHWS is developing resources to assist health workforce researchers in conducting research at various levels of geography. This project is focused on resources to help researchers who are interested in conducting small area analysis.
Community Needs Assessment
CHWS provides technical assistance on developing community needs assessments. The assistance includes discussions with national experts on community engagement and data collection and analysis. Click here to visit the community needs assessment web page.
Service Obligated Programs
As part of its work with the New York State Department of Health on shortage designations, CHWS staff provide technical assistance to providers and health facilities on state and federal service obligated programs available to New Yorkers. Click here to visit the service obligated programs web page.