CHCs Use Diverse Staffing and Can Provide Lessons for Other Medical Practices

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Numerous areas of the United States have an inadequate supply of primary care physicians and the shortfall is expected to grow and spread. To address these concerns, as well as to improve the quality of the care delivered, health policy experts have recommended that medical practices transform and embrace “team-based” care, encouraging a broader range of medical staff working together.

This paper examines different medical staffing patterns in community health centers, the impact of staffing on productivity, staff roles and the factors affecting staffing patterns. The experiences of health centers are relevant not only for safety net providers, but also for the broader array of group medical practices in the United States as they implement team-based care approaches.


Abstract and policy brief available for download.

Final published article can be found in: Ku L, Frogner B, Steinmetz E, Pittman P. 2015. Community Health Centers Employ Diverse Staffing Patterns, Which Can Provide Productivity Lessons for Medical Practices. Health Affairs, 34(1): 95-103. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0098

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