HORIZON 2030: Meeting California’s Primary Care Workforce Needs


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Date: 01/31/16
Author: California Health Workforce Alliance-Jeff Oxendine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health & Kevin Barnett, Public Health Institute
Publisher: California Primary Care Association
Type: Policy brief
Level: State

Description:
This study was undertaken for the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) to examine emerging issues, challenges, and opportunities to build primary care workforce capacity in the state of California. A priority focus was on innovations and opportunities to strengthen the primary care workforce for community clinics and health centers (CCHCs). CPCA commissioned this inquiry to inform proactive solutions to the growing shortages of primary care providers and the corresponding impact on health access, quality, and cost. Millions of newly covered Californians are seeking primary care services. The increased need for greater capacity, simultaneous with an aging workforce and growing competition among health systems for primary care providers (PCPs), suggests that CCHCs will face increasing challenges in the coming years. While the shift in financing incentives under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) plays to the strengths of CCHCs in terms of their emphasis on prevention and a comprehensive approach to care, increased competition for a limited number of primary care graduates with considerable financial debt suggests that current shortages will become more acute. At current utilization, California will need an estimated 8,243 additional primary care physicians by 2030, a 32% increase compared to its current workforce of 25,153 workforce (as of 2010) (Petterson, Cai, Moore, & Bazemore, 2013). For the executive summary and more information, follow the link: http://www.cpca.org/index.cfm/about-us/publications/newsletters/announcements/cpca-releases-new-health-workforce-report-details-key-opportunities-for-california/

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