Health care workforce report released
makes recommendations for more health care providers to meet demand
due to Affordable Care Act
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[January 27, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation
Council Workforce Workgroup recently released its report with
recommendations on how to increase the number of providers available
in Illinois to provide health care to more consumers generated by
the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
"Illinois is already experiencing workforce shortages, with many
safety net and rural health providers being challenged to deliver
adequate care for those in their communities," said Illinois
Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck. "If not
adequately addressed, workforce shortages ranging from primary care
physicians to dental hygienists to nurses could undermine the
ability of these newly insured residents, and even the currently
insured, to access services and quality care. This report from the
workforce workgroup will help us navigate these challenges and help
ensure the health of all Illinoisans."
The reporting group, led by Dr. Hasbrouck, includes eight
additional state agencies along with participation from external
stakeholders. The workgroup was charged with:
Assessing the current health care workforce landscape.
Developing gap analysis to identify both current needs and
impending workforce needs.
Developing strategies to address workforce gaps.
Coordinating broader statewide engagement on career pathways
analysis, health care workforce training investments, and
recruitment and retention.
Developing a report and recommendations for the Health Care
Reform Implementation Council.
Leading development of draft legislation that may be needed to
implement recommendations to successfully implement health care
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In its report, the group offers 23 recommendations, which address
areas such as scopes of practice for health care providers;
expanding opportunities for health professionals to provide care
across state lines; streamlining the licensing and credentialing
process for veterans; developing course curriculum that can bridge
the gap between military training and requirements to practice in
Illinois; establishing the definition and use of community health
workers; increasing funding for medical school scholarships and loan
repayment; and standardizing and expanding health care curriculum
development, training, recruitment and retention.
The report and recommendations will serve as a foundational
document for directing longer term comprehensive strategies for
creating health care jobs needed to care for the growing, diverse
and aging population. Members of the reporting group will continue
to work with the Health Care Reform Implementation Council and the
Illinois Workforce Investment Board Health Care Task Force in
following through on these recommendations. The report and
recommendations are available at
Just as the report is a guide to aid in full implementation of
the Affordable Care Act by addressing the need for health care
providers, the Illinois Department of Public Health Five Year
Strategy 2014-2018 is a road map to better serve the citizens of
Illinois by addressing the priorities of building partnerships;
improving data quality, use and dissemination; reducing health
disparities; speaking as Illinois’ public health authority; and
increasing regulatory compliance. For a copy of the strategic plan,
Illinois Department of Public
Health file received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]