Reports & Briefs

This report reviews the use of teledentistry following the COVID-19 pandemic in 4 states—California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—and the supports needed to enhance dental care in a post-COVID-19 world. States were selected for case studies based on the following parameters: existence of teledentistry regulation, Medicaid reimbursement of telehealth (including teledentistry), payment parity, state Medicaid expansion, Medicaid dental benefits for adults, and direct access for dental hygienists and/or dental assistants.

Citation: Werts M, Patel P, Mertz E. Teledentistry Trends in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rensselaer, NY: Oral Health Workforce Research Center, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; October 2022.

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This report presents profiles for 31 specialties. Each specialty profile summarizes trends in 5 key areas related to physician supply and demand: starting income, job offers, having to change plans due to limited practice opportunities, relative demand, and numbers of graduates. Data on starting income, job offers, having to change plans, and relative demand are based on responses to the Resident Exit Survey in New York (for the years 2016–2019, 2021). The survey was not conducted in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic disruptions to GME programs in the state. Data on GME graduates are from the annual medical education issues of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and summarize the number of residents (or fellows) completing GME training programs in the specialty in the US from 2011 to 2020.

Citation: Pang J, Armstrong DP. Trends in Demand for New Physicians, 2016-2019, 2021: A Summary of Demand Indicators for 31 Physician Specialties. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; September 2022.

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New York State (NYS) offers extensive dental benefits to both its Medicaid base population and its Medicaid expansion population. Despite extensive dental benefits, there are many barriers to accessing dental care for Medicaid patients in NYS. This study explores the demographic, educational, and practice characteristics of actively practicing dentists in NYS to better understand which factors are associated with dentists’ participation and their level of participation in the Medicaid program. 

Citation: Wang S, Martiniano R, Stiegler K. Assessing the Characteristics of New York State Dentists Serving Medicaid Beneficiaries. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; August 2022. 

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Registered nursing is one of the largest licensed health care professions in the US, and the registered nurse (RN) workforce continues to grow. However, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on the RN workforce as well as the RN educational pipeline. In 2020 a series of questions about COVID-19 was added to annual RN education program surveys conducted in both New York and Utah.

This report assesses the impact of COVID-19 on registered nursing education programs in New York and Utah, helping stakeholders better understand pandemic-related challenges faced by RN education programs and the strategies used to address them.

Citation: Armstrong D, Ruttinger C, Cleaves M. The Impact of COVID-19 on Registered Nurse Education Programs in New York and Utah. Rensselaer, NY: Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; August 2022.

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This report summarizes the results of the Survey of Residents Completing Training in New York in 2021 (2021 Exit Survey) conducted by the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) in the spring and summer of 2021. This survey, administered annually with the cooperation and assistance of residency program directors and hospitals’ graduate medical education (GME) administrators across the state, consists of questions covering the following general topical areas: residents’ demographic and background characteristics, residents’ post-graduation plans, characteristics of post-graduation employment (for residents with confirmed practice plans), residents’ experiences in searching for a job, and their impressions of the physician job market (for residents who had searched for a job).

The primary goal of the Exit Survey is to assist the medical education community in New York in its efforts to train physicians consistent with the needs of the state and the nation.

Citation: Pang J, Armstrong D. 2021 New York Residency Training Outcomes: A Summary of Responses to the 2021 New York Resident Exit Survey. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; June 2022.

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Dental therapy is a workforce model that introduces mid-level practitioners—dental therapists—with both preventive and restorative skills. The introduction of dental therapists appears to improve access to and equity in dental service delivery in the US. The Oral Health Workforce Research Center conducted a study that evaluated the satisfaction of clinical providers, organizational administrators, and patients with the dental therapy workforce at Apple Tree Dental in Minnesota, the first US state to authorize dental therapy practice statewide.

This report describes the results from 2 surveys on the dental therapy workforce at Apple Tree Dental’s centers and programs: 1) clinician and administration satisfaction and 2) patient satisfaction with their clinical providers, making comparisons across provider type.

Citation: Langelier M, Surdu S, O’Malley E. Provider and Patient Satisfaction With the Dental Therapy Workforce at Apple Tree Dental. Rensselaer, NY: Oral Health Workforce Research Center, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; May 2022.

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Cleaves M, Stiegler K, Martiniano R, Moore J. The Health Care Workforce in New York State: Trends in the Supply of and Demand for Health Workers. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; March 2022.

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Pang J, Armstrong DP. Trends in Demand for New Physicians, 2015-2019: A Summary of Demand Indicators for 34 Physician Specialties. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, SUNY Albany; December 2021.

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