HHS grants $12 million for primary care provider training

Health & Human Services awarded $12 million to 32 teaching health centers to train primary care providers. The funding was created by the Affordable Care Act and will help to train more than 300 residents in family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and general and pediatric dentistry, according to HHS. "Teaching health centers help to attract students who are committed to serving communities of need and prepare them to practice in these communities," Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says. "Students exposed to training opportunities in health center settings are more likely to stay in these communities and continue to contribute to the care of their residents."

HR's role in patient engagement

As hospital executives continue to push better engagement of patients as a means to improve quality, a survey puts into question the role that human resource departments play. While 43 percent of HR directors and 47 percent of executives believe HR has an active role in ensuring that employees provide person-centered care, only about 20 percent of directors of nursing and 21 percent of RNs agree, according to the survey, which was backed by health care talent management company HealthcareSource and health care improvement company Planetree. "These results show a potential disconnect between what we believe, as individual HR professionals, as administrators, as CEOs and recruiters, and what is actually occurring within our own organizations at the direct care level," says Jim Kinsey, director of Plane-tree member experience.

Population health: That's the ticket

If you're not sick of hearing about population health, perhaps you should make it your career, particularly if you work in information management. An article in August's Journal of AHIMA suggests that all the interest in improving a population's health creates a number of career opportunities. "While most health care providers see the critical importance of population health management, they do not have the information technology, the required understanding, or the data management skills and resources that are required to successfully utilize population health management," the authors write.