Spring Webinar Series Focusing on the Workforce Serving Frail Older Adults

elderly handsFebruary 20, 2018 - Join our first webinar in the series, Inter-professional Models of Care to Support Frail Older Adults Living in the Community,on February 21st at 2pm EST.

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Join Us in Bozeman for "Healthcare at a Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?" April 5-6, 2018

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Understanding challenges within the U.S. healthcare system and the potential effects of policies and regulations designed to address them...

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Health Affairs Blog: The Integrity Of MACRA May Be Undermined By “Incident To Billing” Coding

numbers and sumsJanuary 8, 2018 - The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula that for years had resulted in an eleventh-hour intervention by Congress to avoid drastic reductions in Medicare physician payments. MACRA also established incentives...

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Nursing Outlook: The quality of primary care provided by nurse practitioners to vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries

poverty pic resizeJanuary 4, 2018 - A new study out in Nursing Outlook compared care to three groups provided to Medicare beneficiaries by PCNPs and physicians to evaluate cost and quality measures. The study found that quality of care provided by PCNPs was overall consistent with the care provided by physicians and resulted in less costly health interventions...

Nursing Economic$: Improving Nursing Workforce Forecasts: Comparative Analysis of the Cohort Supply Model and the Health Workforce Simulation Model

nurse and patientDecember 20, 2017 - A new article out in the November/December edition of Nursing Economic$ details key work to improve forecasting models from a meeting in Big Sky, Montana last summer organized by Center researchers and Health Resources Service Administration representatives...

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Breaking Down Silos: An Interview with the Health Workforce Forecasting Team

thought bubble and micDecember 20, 2017 - In addition to “Improving Nursing Workforce Forecasts: Comparative Analysis of the Cohort Supply Model and the Health Workforce Simulation Model” out in the November/December issue of Nursing Economic$, Center researchers and Health Services Resources Administration representatives sat down with Donna Nickitas to discuss the genesis and the journey of working together to improve forecasting models for the registered nursing workforce...

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Nursing Economic$: State of the Registered Nurse Workforce as a New Era of Health Reform Emerges

nurse and patientNovember 3, 2017 - Published in the October/November 2017 edition of Nursing Economic$, Center researchers examine the state of the nursing workforce in light of previous shortage forecasts, public and private...

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 2017 Denver Report

Female Nurse At Nurses StationJuly 18, 2017 - Last month the Center partnered with the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers to conduct a 3-day national conference “The Nursing Workforce & Health Reform: Trends and Opportunities in a New Political Era” in Denver, Colorado.

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 Make Plans To Be In Denver This Summer!

Female Nurse At Nurses StationMarch 28, 2017 - Save the date and make plans to attend the 2017 National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers' Conference, "The Nursing Workforce & Health Reform: Trends and Opportunities in a New Political Era," This conference is being co-organized by our Center. This conference will be held June 7-9th, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado. More details, including sponsorship and registration information are available on the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers’ website – nursingworkforcecenters.org...

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 Join Our Spring Webinar Series Focusing on Behavioral Health Workforce

Female Nurse At Nurses StationFebruary 7, 2017 - To learn about and help address these and other challenges, the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Montana State University and the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health are pleased to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series in February, March, April, and May 2017. To... 
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Webinar Series Announcement: Making the Case for State-level Nursing Data Collection

December 6th, 2016 – By Jean Moore, DrPH, and Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D, RN, FAAN Upcoming webinars on state level nursing data collection, analysis and dissemination will help stakeholders better understand the major challenges facing the nursing profession and the strategies used to support nursing workforce data collection, analysis and dissemination.   Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, The...
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Wall Street Journal: Nurses Are Again in Demand

Female Nurse At Nurses StationJob market heats up amid retirement wave, regional shortages Center researchers and director Peter Buerhaus are mentioned in the article. Full link to story HERE
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Hospitals & Health Networks: The 4 Forces that Will Reshape Nursing

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Social and health care changes put pressure on the profession September 8, 2016 Laurie Larson Peter Buerhaus, R.N., a health care economist and a professor of nursing at Montana State University, maintains a multifaceted research program analyzing nursing workforce economics, forecasting nurse and physician supply, and determining public and provider opinion on care delivery issues,...
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New Research Shows Recent Changes of Nurses Graduating from Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

February 24, 2016 – Center researchers Peter Buerhaus, David Auerbach and Douglas Staiger have just published a new Data Watch article in the journal Nursing Economic$ titled, “Recent Changes in the Number of Nurses Graduating from Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.” Summary: Since the 1970s, a number of initiatives have attempted to increase the proportion of...
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MSU study finds nurse practitioners more likely than medical doctors to work in rural areas


January 14, 2016 — MSU News Service New research by Montana State University professor Peter Buerhaus and others has found that nurse practitioners are more likely than medical doctors to practice in rural areas. The study is published in the January issue of Medical Care, the Journal of the American Public Health Association. As part of the study,...
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Nurse practitioner patients less costly to Medicare than physician patients


January 6, 2016 – With Medicare enrollment and cost concerns growing, a new study finds that patients with a nurse practitioner as a primary care provider are less costly to Medicare than patients with a physician primary care provider. The study—the first to examine national data—contradicts previous research suggesting that both types of providers generate...
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Reflections on Recent Trends in the Physician Assistant Workforce, A Guest Commentary by Jennifer Coombs

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December 9, 2015 – Guest Commentary by Jennifer Coombs, Ph.D, PA-C Related to our just published “Recent Trends and Characteristics of the Physician Assistant Workforce” data brief, we have invited Jennifer Coombs, Ph.D, PA-C, to provide insight into the trends and data we have shared. Physician Assistants (PAs) are expected to play an increased role in health care...
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National Academy of Medicine Inducts Dartmouth Economist Douglas Staiger

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Congratulations to Dartmouth Economist and Center faculty member Douglas Staiger on his induction into the National Academy of Medicine! Read the full Dartmouth Release Here
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The Washington Examiner: Obamacare regs give nurses a headache

By SEAN HIGGINS • 10/26/15 12:01 AM - Add registered nurses to the list of people getting headaches from Obamacare. The new law is accelerating a push toward requiring them to have higher-level education. Many nurses find that it isn’t easy to get a job without a four-year degree, which traditionally they haven’t needed. “You do have hospitals...
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Modern Healthcare: Got enough nurses? Nurse groups cite Kentucky case to support push for staffing ratio laws

By Sabriya Rice | October 24, 2015 – Last March, a nursing assistant noticed a large pressure ulcer on the backside of a patient needing intensive care at the Hazard (Ky.) ARH Regional Medical Center. It was about 10 days after the patient had been admitted for leg ulcers and complications related to diabetes and renal disease. Those...
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Wall Street Journal: Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees

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Growing demand for bachelor’s degrees comes partly in response to increasingly complex health-care system By ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN: Updated Oct. 14, 2015 4:02 p.m. ET Megan Goodman was a dean’s list student at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences who served on two student nursing boards before she earned her associate degree in nursing in May. Center Director...
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Rules Governing Nurse Practitioners Too Strict, Experts Testify


October 6, 2015 - BY KATIE LANNAN, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE As patients struggle to access medical care at a time and place that fits into their lives, Massachusetts laws laying out tasks that can be performed by nurse practitioners are among the country’s most restrictive, health experts said Monday during an annual health care cost trends...
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Are we really facing a doctor shortage? D.C. university launches new institute to answer that question

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Congratulations to our colleagues at George Washington University on the announcement of their new workforce center. We look forward to the excellent research to come and opportunities to collaborate in the future! Full Article
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Shortage of nurses not as dire as predicted, but challenges remain to meet nation’s needs

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September 21, 2015: News for the nation’s nursing workforce isn’t as dire as had been predicted a decade ago, but the nation is still expected to be short of nurses in coming years, according to new research by Montana State University nursing economist Peter Buerhaus and other researchers. Ten and more years ago, economists had...
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Value Based Care Delivery: Just Another Fad?


September 21, 2015: Two years ago, during a discussion that followed a presentation I had given to a meeting of nurse educators, clinicians and administrators, a nurse manager took the microphone and proclaimed, “All this talk about value – value based purchasing, value based payment, value-based care delivery, value-based this, value-based that – I wonder...
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The Denver Report: Highlights, Photos and Future Event Announcements!


July 22, 2015: Last month the Center partnered with the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers to conduct a 3-day national conference titled “State of the Nursing Workforce in an Era of Healthcare Reform: Data, Trends and New Collaborations” in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado. The conference brought together workforce researchers, state policy makers and...
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Save the Date – Webinar on Medical Assistants Rescheduled for May 27th


Just an announcement that our previously scheduled webinar about medical assistants on May 6th has been rescheduled for May 27th! Head over to our events calendar for more information.
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Nursing Symposium at Shenandoah University on Job Outlook Draws Hundreds

VIDEO – WINCHESTER, Va. - A daylong event on Friday for nurses, researchers, and students at Shenandoah University in Winchester examined the changing trends in healthcare, particularly in nursing. “We are seeing more change, more challenge, but more opportunity than any other decade that we’ve experienced in this country,” said Dr. Peter Buerhaus, healthcare economist and professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University.
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NY Times: Stubborn Pay Gap Is Found in Nursing

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS -Male nurses make $5,100 more on average per year than female colleagues in similar positions, researchers reported on Tuesday. The new analysis, which included data on more than 290,000 registered nurses, also found that the pay gap had not narrowed within workplace settings and specialties from 1988 to 2013. The new study is...
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LA Times: Is a male nurse worth $5,148 more than a female nurse?

By ERYN BROWN AND KAREN KAPLAN - When Linda Hippolyte first got into nursing, she thought everyone at her hospital was paid based on their experience and education. But when she got a peek at other nurses’ salaries at Parkview Community Hospital in Riverside, she was in for a surprise. “You could really see the difference,” she said, noting that...
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Employment Opportunities for Associate Degree Prepared Nurses Shifting Away From Hospitals

Approximately 40% of the nation’s three million registered nurses (RNs) completed their nursing education through 2-year associate’s degree programs. Even before the release of the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s report on The Future of Nursing that set goals for 80% of RNs to attain a baccalaureate degree by 2020, some hospitals were beginning to exhibit...
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Nurse Practitioner Practice Characteristics and Career Recommendations

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by Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, January 12, 2015 – Due to a familiar set of forces – fears of physician shortages, an aging population, implementation of health reform delivery and payment systems, expansion of insurance coverage – interest in increasing the supply and the roles of nurse practitioners has grown rapidly. Policy makers, clinicians,...
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Putting It All Together: A Summary of the Center’s Fall Webinar Series on Challenges and Issues Facing the Rural Health Workforce

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December 30, 2014 – Throughout fall 2014, the Vanderbilt University Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies (The Center) presented monthly webinars focused on challenges and issues facing the rural health care workforce. This focus grew out of a personal experience in which I spent the month of May in Wyoming learning about rural health issues. ...
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Faces Behind the Numbers: A Look at the Rural Healthcare Workforce and Webinar Series Annoucement


Sept. 17, 2014 – By Peter I. Buerhaus, Ph.D, RN, FAAN Not long ago, I was working with a colleague on a project aimed at determining the areas in the U.S. that are likely to be most impacted by the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance expansions and to assess the capacity of the primary care workforce...
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Registered Nurses are Delaying Retirement, Boosting U.S. Supply

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Older registered nurses are working longer than in the past, one reason that the nation’s supply of RNs has grown substantially in recent years, according to a new study. Researchers found that from 1991 to 2012, among registered nurses working at age 50, 24 percent remained working as late as age 69. This compared to...
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Register Today For Our 2015 Annual Nursing State Workforce Center Conference


Please join us, as we partner with The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, to host their 2015 Annual Conference at The Grand Hyatt in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado. We anticipate this conference will be a powerful three-day event, bringing together state level nursing workforce center efforts and leading researchers in the field of nursing...
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