Wednesday, September 21, 2016

GAO Releases Report on Long-Term Care Workforce

Lindsay B. Schwartz, Ph.D.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on long-term care workforce, examining the available federal and state data about direct care workforce and actions the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has taken to overcome data limitations. The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, part of HRSA, is responsible for conducting projections of the supply and demand for the U.S. health workforce. HRSA reports the agency has not been able to develop projections of the supply of direct care workers due to the insufficient data. These projections are vital to enabling policymakers and stakeholders to address workforce challenges through policies and planning.

The GAO had two recommendations in the report: 1) that HRSA work on producing projections of direct care workforce supply and demand and 2) that HRSA address the data limitations in order to produce the projections. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concurred with both recommendations. HRSA is currently developing demand projections for certain direct care workforce occupations.

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