Health Care Workforce: Federal Investments in Training and the Availability of Data for Workforce Projections

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "GAO found that there is substantial federal funding for health care workforce training programs but that obtaining comprehensive information about the scope of such programs is challenging. In GAO's August 2013 report on the federal role in health care workforce training, GAO found that four federal departments—the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Education (Education)—administered 91 programs that supported postsecondary training or education specifically for direct care health professionals in fiscal year ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. April 9, 2014.

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "GAO found that there is substantial federal funding for health care workforce training programs but that obtaining comprehensive information about the scope of such programs is challenging. In GAO's August 2013 report on the federal role in health care workforce training, GAO found that four federal departments—the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Education (Education)—administered 91 programs that supported postsecondary training or education specifically for direct care health professionals in fiscal year 2012. All together, the four departments reported obligating about $14.2 billion for health care workforce training programs in fiscal year 2012, with HHS funding the most programs (69) and having the largest percentage of total reported funding (82 percent). The majority of funding for health care workforce training in fiscal year 2012—about $11.1 billion, or 78 percent—was invested in seven programs that supported postgraduate residency training for physicians, dentists, and certain other health professionals, called Graduate Medical Education. The remaining 84 programs administered by HHS, VA, DOD, and Education accounted for obligations of about $3.2 billion and provided varying levels of assistance, ranging from participation in short-term continuing education courses to full support for tuition and books and a stipend for living expenses. Compiling comprehensive information about the scope of federal support for health care workforce training is challenging because multiple federal departments administer such programs, and GAO found that the departments did not always have comparable program information."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Health Care Workforce: Federal Investments in Training and the Availability of Data for Workforce Projections, text, April 9, 2014; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302402/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.