Friday, September 30, 2011

NHSC Corps Community Day to be held on October 13, 2011 as part of the 13th annual National Primary Care Week

Join the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for the first Corps Community Day on October 13, 2011, during the 13th annual National Primary Care Week. NHSC is conducting a variety of events and activities nationwide on this day in an effort to recruit additional committed health professionals to serve communities in need and to strengthen the public’s understanding of the importance of access to primary care.  For more information about the NHSC and Corps Community Day, please visit their website.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Top Ten Current Practice Locations of Graduates from all Oklahoma Medical Schools

Currently, there are 8,165 active physicians in the United States that graduated from a medical school located in Oklahoma. While Oklahoma has managed to retain 3,869 (~47%) of those graduates, the remaining 4,296 (~53%) are practicing in another state or territory. These data include all physicians regardless of their current nature of practice (office-based, hospital staff, research, etc.) or current training status (residency, fellowship, etc.).

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Efficacy of Telemedicine in the Provision of Mental Health Services to Rural Areas: A Systematic Review of Literature

Although the prevalence rates of mental illness are similar in rural and urban areas, rural residents often underutilize mental health services and/or delay treatment. The lack of access to mental health services faced by many rural families has led both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association to identify mental health as a top rural health concern and to further identify telemedicine as a potentially effective way to deliver services. The research on telemedicine applications is growing rapidly and there are now a number of recently published clinical trials that compare the outcomes of face-to-face treatment with tele-therapy. The purpose of this session is to present the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that will shed light on the question; Is telemedicine as effective as face-to-face interventions for the delivery of mental health services to rural Oklahomans?

View the presentation given Denna L. Wheeler, Ph.D., at the 2011 Rural Health Association of Oklahoma Annual Meeting in Norman, Oklahoma that begins to answer this important and timely question.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oklahoma House and Senate Joint Health Care Committee Launches Website

The Oklahoma House and Senate Joint Health Care Committee recently launched a new website that allows citizens to follow the proceeding of the committee. Included on the website are video archives of the committee's various meetings and a schedule of future meetings. The committee was established to explore the mandates of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the level of flexibility Oklahoma has a state. The goal of the committee is to preserve the private health care system in Oklahoma and to protect the rights of Oklahoma citizens, while exploring all of the state's options concerning federal law. Visit the website.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Practice Locations of Active Dentists in Oklahoma, September 2011

The map below shows the practice locations of active dentists in Oklahoma as of September 2011. The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry supplied the data. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

National Health Service Corps Adds CAHs as Eligible Sites

The National Health Service Corps recently expanded eligibility for the National Health Service Corps loan repayment program so that Critical Access Hospitals can use these loans to recruit new physicians. This program will help more than 1,300 CAHs across the country recruit needed staff.  To be approved, CAH sites must:
  • Meet all NHSC site eligibility requirements;
  • Demonstrate affiliation (either through direct ownership or affiliation agreements) with an outpatient, ambulatory care clinic; and
  • Demonstrate that it provides comprehensive primary care and related inpatient services.
The NHSC will hosting a webinar to provide CAHs with detailed information about its change in policy, the NHSC, and the site application process.  The webinar will also provide CAH staff with an opportunity to ask questions about the program. The webinar will be hosted on two dates, so please plan to attend one of the following sessions:

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Time: 10 am-11 am ET
Phone Number: 1-888-790-2045
Passcode: 22277


Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Time: 2 pm-3 pm ET
Phone Number: 1-888-396-9931
Passcode: 44466

For more information on the physician loan repayment program for CAHs, please see this handout from the National Health Service Corps.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FTEs Needed to Remove Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area Designation, August 2011

The map below shows the primary care health professional shortage areas in Oklahoma shaded according to FTEs needed to remove their primary care shortage designation (also known as the de-designation threshold). These values are calculated by HRSA. This map is for illustrative purposes only. For more information about HPSAs, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration website.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas by Priority Score, August 2011

The map below shows the primary care health professional shortage areas in Oklahoma shaded according to their priority score.  HPSA Priority Scores are developed for use by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in determining priorities for assignment of clinicians. Scores range from 1 to 25 for primary care and mental health, 1 to 26 for dental.  The higher the score, the greater the priority. All Federally Qualified Health Centers and those Rural Health Clinics that provide access to care regardless of ability to pay receive automatic facility HPSA  designation. These facilities may have a HPSA score of 0. This map is for illustrative purposes only. For more information about HPSAs and priority scores, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration website.