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Health Resources and Services Administration Forms New Bureau of Health Workforce

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a Federal Register notice yesterday announcing a new bureau — the Bureau of Health Workforce — to integrate the programs previously administered by the Bureau of Health Professions and the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service. According to HRSA, the new bureau will help to better achieve the HRSA mission of improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. 

Specific activities of the Bureau of Health Workforce will include:

  • Training the next generation of diverse health care providers to serve underserved populations through its grants to health professions schools and training programs;
  • Examining a broad range of issues that impact the supply, demand, distribution and education of the nation’s health workforce and providing policymakers with the information necessary to make informed decisions about the health professions workforce and providing care;
  • Supporting graduate medical education;
  • Recruiting and retaining providers and students to underserved areas through both the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs;
  • Protecting the public from health care practitioners, providers and suppliers with a history of malpractice, adverse actions, fraud and abuse through the National Practitioner Data Bank.