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Report critical of HRSA.

The Health Resources and Services Administration needs to do a better job of making health workforce projections, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. "Although HRSA is responsible for providing health professions workforce information to policymakers, HRSA has in the past decade published national supply and demand projections for the nurse and pharmacist workforces but no national projections for the physician and dentist workforces," the GAO said in its report. HRSA should "develop a strategy and time frames to regularly update and publish national health professions workforce projections." In response, HRSA noted that the GAO mainly focused its criticisms on publications from the agency's National Center for Workforce Information and Analysis and did not include "the considerable body of work produced by the regional workforce centers that receive ... funding from HRSA." The agency stated "that the legislated goal of providing 'health workforce information and analysis,... such as shortages of registered nurses, shortages of pharmacists, and the distribution of health care workers in underserved areas,' is broader than what GAO's exclusive focus on supply and demand projections for physicians, nurses, and dentists would allow."
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Title Annotation:Health Resources and Services Administration
Author:Frieden, Joyce
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2006
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