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Providers and Facilities

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SCOPE OF PRACTICE

It is estimated that up to thirty four million Americans will join the ranks of the insured once the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is fully implemented, while the number of health care providers, including primary care providers, is not anticipated to drastically increase.
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STATE C.O.N. LAWS

Certificate of Need (C.O.N.) programs are aimed at restraining health care facility costs and allowing coordinated planning of new services and construction.  Laws authorizing such programs are one mechanism by which state governments seek to reduce overall health and medical costs. 

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OVERVIEW | PROVIDERS AND FACILITIES

State policymakers play key roles in health care workforce issues, such as addressing shortages in geographic areas and ensuring that health facilities and centers operate safely. States develop and maintain medical schools and residency programs, provide incentives to practice in underserved areas, creating financing mechanisms to fund facilities, and addressing health professionals’ scopes of practice.

The field of health is a significant part of the nation’s economy, providing roughly 13.4 million jobs, or about 19 percent of all wage and salary jobs created between 2004 and 2014. The nation’s 5,725 hospitals provided care to more than 26 million people in 2011.

STANDING COMMITTEE

HHS releases new guidance and FAQs for state policymakers on a number of health reform implementation issues.

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