Fundamentals Briefing

Health Policy Essentials: The Health Care Workforce
February 20, 2015


Sally Coberly, PhD


This briefing, the third in a series of Health Policy Essentials briefings for new congressional staff, focused on the health care workforce. It included overviews of the various types of health care professionals, including their numbers, education, licensing and certification; Medicare graduate medical education (GME) financing; federal programs, such as training and loan forgiveness, for physicians and non-physician professionals; federal policies to address geographic shortages; and the level of uncertainty about the types and numbers of health care professionals needed in the future.


Erin P. Fraher, PhD, MPP (bio)
Director, Health Workforce Research and Policy, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Slides: "A Primer on the Health Workforce in the United States"

Mark Miller, PhD (bio)
Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Slides: "Graduate Medical Education Payments"

Kathleen M. King, MA (bio)
Director, Health Care, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Slides: "Federal Health Care Workforce Education and Training Programs"

Dr. Fraher's second presentation

Slides: "The Workforce Needed to Staff Value-Based Models of Care"

Related Materials

See the briefing book compiled for this series of Health Policy Essentials briefings, which includes the recordings of presentations (when permission has been given), speakers' slides, reading materials provided, and additional resources.

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