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GAO issues report on health care workforce

At the request of Congress, the General Accounting Office released on Aug. 15, a report focused on federal training programs that promote the health care workforce. The theory behind the report is that a well-trained and diverse health care workforce is essential for providing Americans with access to quality health care services. The report reviewed all 91 currently funded programs that provide any instruction, training, financial assistance or patient care related continuing education to members of the broadly defined health care workforce. The report did not make any recommendations, but rather cataloged the current programs, their targeted health professional, and the federal cost for each program. The listed programs include the grants for Geriatric Education Centers, and Geriatric Academic Career Awards, in addition to the programs supporting psychology and advance practice registered nurse education. For a copy of the full report, go to: www.gao.gov/assets/660/656960.pdf. In the past 18 months, AAGP leadership has met with the leadership at HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), who administers this program, to discuss the need to further expand their capacity to geriatric psychiatry programs. more


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