doctor shortage http://kvpr.org en Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin http://kvpr.org/post/three-year-california-medical-school-pilot-program-set-begin <p>Students in a pilot accelerated medical school program at UC Davis will begin classes this summer. A bill in the California legislature would allow them to obtain licenses in less than four years.&nbsp;Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p><p>The program was set up to address a growing problem in California.</p><p><em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Bonilla</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: “We have far more patients than we have doctors.”</span></em></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:23:48 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 33911 at http://kvpr.org Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin Medi-Cal Expansion In Fresno County Is Steady, But Stressful http://kvpr.org/post/medi-cal-expansion-fresno-county-steady-stressful <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a cramped cubicle in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Fresno County, </span>Neng<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Yang is playing a small role in the country’s healthcare overhaul. On this afternoon, she’s helping a Hmong woman enroll in </span>Medi-Cal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“She prefers English, so her kids can read to her, because she doesn’t read and write in Hmong, and sometimes the translation gets lost when it’s sent to her in Hmong,” says Yang, a certified enrollment counselor at Fresno Center for New Americans.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:51:07 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 28645 at http://kvpr.org Medi-Cal Expansion In Fresno County Is Steady, But Stressful Kern County Residency Program To Transition to Clinica Sierra Vista http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-residency-program-transition-clinica-sierra-vista <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kern Medical Center has welcomed new classes of physician residents specializing in family medicine for more than 30 years. But last week, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted to close the family medicine residency program at the financially struggling medical center, and transition it to </span>Clinica<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sierra Vista.</span></p><p>For the county, this arrangement could mean financial savings. The struggling hospital was reportedly losing more than $3 million per year on the family medicine program.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:13:42 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 24416 at http://kvpr.org Kern County Residency Program To Transition to Clinica Sierra Vista Nurse Practitioner Measure Stalls in California Assembly http://kvpr.org/post/nurse-practitioner-measure-stalls-california-assembly <div><p>The push to change California law to allow nurse practitioners more independence from doctors suffered a major setback today in an Assembly committee. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more.</p><p>The Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection voted down the measure, but the bill’s author says he wants it reconsidered.&nbsp; Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez says lifting restrictions on nurses would help meet a new demand for primary care under the Affordable Care Act, especially in areas without enough doctors.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 01:04:04 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 19598 at http://kvpr.org Nurse Practitioner Measure Stalls in California Assembly California Considers Expanded Roles for Nurses in Primary Care http://kvpr.org/post/california-considers-expanded-roles-nurses-primary-care <div><p>Most counties in California have a shortage of primary care doctors. And with millions more people in the state expected to get health coverage next year, lawmakers are proposing ways to make sure basic care is available in areas that need it. One bill would allow nurse practitioners to treat patients without consulting a physician. Health care reporter Pauline Bartolone reports on what it might mean for patients.</p></div><p>Some nurse practitioners in California already see patients without a doctor in the room. Patients like Anastacia Casperson.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:54:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13971 at http://kvpr.org California Considers Expanded Roles for Nurses in Primary Care California Builds Clinics Under Federal Health Law, But Hiring Doctors May Be A Challenge http://kvpr.org/post/california-builds-clinics-under-federal-health-law-hiring-doctors-may-be-challenge <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting next year, millions of people will gain new health coverage under the federal health law.&nbsp; In California, dozens of clinics are gearing up for the expansion, with new funding to build clinics and expand old ones. &nbsp;But as Pauline </span>Bartolone<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports from Sacramento, it may be a challenge to find the physicians to staff the new centers.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:53:18 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13970 at http://kvpr.org California Builds Clinics Under Federal Health Law, But Hiring Doctors May Be A Challenge Doctors, Lawmakers Propose Ways to Increase Number of Doctors http://kvpr.org/post/doctors-lawmakers-propose-ways-increase-number-doctors <p></p><p class="p1">California physicians and lawmakers are trying to draw attention to a shortage of doctors in the state. They made the point jointly in Sacramento Tuesday. As Pauline Bartolone reports from Sacramento, they agree more doctors will be needed to see millions of people who will start enrolling in coverage next year. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:17:31 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13725 at http://kvpr.org Doctors, Lawmakers Propose Ways to Increase Number of Doctors State Loan Repayment Help Not Enough to Solve Doctor Shortage http://kvpr.org/post/state-loan-repayment-help-not-enough-solve-doctor-shortage <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><div><p>California’s health care system is expected to face an influx of millions more patients as new insurance requirements start next year. But experts are worried that a limited number of doctors in the state will mean health care consumers will have an insurance card but no doctor to see them. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone&nbsp;has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Glen </span>Villanueva<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has known he wanted to be a doctor since he was five years old.</span></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:18:52 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 13262 at http://kvpr.org State Loan Repayment Help Not Enough to Solve Doctor Shortage California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmaker-seeks-expand-roles-non-physicians <p></p><div><p>A California lawmaker proposes to allow some healthcare workers to expand their range of services in order to meet the new demand for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:54:50 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 12158 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians Are Teaching Health Centers the Cure to the Valley's Doctor Shortage? http://kvpr.org/post/are-teaching-health-centers-cure-valleys-doctor-shortage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new type of residency program may provide some relief to the Central Valley’s physician shortage, and change the way we grow and retain primary care doctors in the Valley.</span></p><p>The model is called a “teaching health center,” and it’s funded by the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The idea behind this new approach to graduate medical education is to train medical residents in community health centers, and encourage them to pursue careers in primary care in underserved areas, like the Valley.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:25:14 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 11083 at http://kvpr.org Are Teaching Health Centers the Cure to the Valley's Doctor Shortage? On Valley Edition: Immigration; Doctor Shortage; Camp to Campus Documentary http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-immigration-doctor-shortage-camp-campus-documentary <p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:27:57 +0000 Juanita Stevenson, Rebecca Plevin & Ezra David Romero 10370 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Immigration; Doctor Shortage; Camp to Campus Documentary Bill Would Extend Medi-Cal to a Million More Californians http://kvpr.org/post/bill-would-extend-medi-cal-million-more-californians <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers will consider new legislation designed to keep the state in sync with the federal health law. As Pauline Bartolone reports from Sacramento, the legislation is part of a special session on health care that began Monday.</span></p><p>Lawmakers in both houses propose bills that would add more than a million people to the state’s Medicaid program.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:08:53 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 10081 at http://kvpr.org Bill Would Extend Medi-Cal to a Million More Californians Doctor Shortage Hits Rural California http://kvpr.org/post/doctor-shortage-hits-rural-california <p>Children and parents crowd the waiting room in the United Health Centers clinic for low-income patients in Parlier. It&#39;s a busy morning, and Dr. Rogelio Fernandez is seeing patients one right after the other. At this moment, he&#39;s treating 35 year old Yesenia Campuzano of Reedley. The birth control implant in her arm caused acne, so Dr. Fernandez is surgically removing the tiny, tube-like device. She&#39;s feeling the incision, so she needs more of the local anesthetic.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 02:18:19 +0000 Shellie Branco 712 at http://kvpr.org Doctor Shortage Hits Rural California