Home care driving growth of LPN employment in long-term care

New data indicating that employment of licensed practical nurses is shifting have implications for the field, according to the authors of a new report. “LPN education programs need to ensure that students obtain sufficient clinical training, and have the critical thinking and communications skills necessary to practice effectively in [long-term care] settings,” according to researchers at UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care. The survey found that the number of LPNs in the United states fell 6 percent over the six years ending in 2013. The number employed by hospitals fell by 20 percent, but grew by 13 percent in long-term care, most of which was driven by home health agency employment.

Doc employment by hospitals continues higher

The percentage of physicians working for a practice at least partly owned by a hospital climbed to 25.6 percent in 2014, up from 23.4 percent two years earlier, according to a survey conducted by the American Medical Association. The percentage of doctors working directly for a hospital rose to 7.2 percent in 2014, an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the 5.6 percent figure for 2012, according to the survey. Multispecialty practices also grew, employing 24.7 percent of doctors in 2014 and 22.1 percent in 2012. That growth came partly at the expense of solo and single-specialty practices, which together employed 59.3 percent of physicians in 2014, down from 63.9 percent two years earlier.

HRSA to provide $35.7 million for geriatrics

The Health Resources and Services Administration will award more than $35 million to 44 organizations in 29 states to help adapt their local geriatric education and training to the needs of their particular communities. Among the goals of the program, administered through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, is to integrate geriatric and primary care delivery systsms and train providers to assess and tend to the needs of seniors, according to a news release from HRSA.