Workforce expert: Healthcare jobs will change but the field remains 'hands on'

RALEIGH, N.C. — Healthcare workers are hardly immune from the threat of a jobless future as being explored in this week's Emerging Issues Forum "Future Work" conference. But as one of the speakers explains opportunities will remain available for humans in healthcare.

Ahead of the Institute for Emerging Issues event, WRAL TechWire sought analysis about how technology continues to disrupt the healthcare industry and what workers today and tomorrow can do to better prepare themselves for future jobs.

Reg Javier is associate manager of Boston-based Public Consulting Group. He will be speaking on Tuesday.

"Automated records have made file clerk jobs all but disappear," Javier explained. "All across the professional continuum, healthcare now requires tech competency. [More]

GAO Addresses Federal Response to Working with Tribes

On February 25, 2015, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released a report outlining several tribes’ efforts to develop an independent child welfare system. When Fostering Successful Connections and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Fostering Connections) was passed, the legislation included significant changes to how Native American Tribes could address child abuse/neglect and foster care within the Tribe. Fostering Connections authorized tribes to actually implement and operate a comprehensive system of care for the continuum of child welfare services. Part of the legislation provided an appropriation of $3 million per year for up to ten grants to tribes interested in pursuing their own program. Since the grants became available in October 2009, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has awarded development grants to 27 tribes. Each of the tribes are at different stages of development within the 24-month grant period. [More]

CMS Offers Case Studies on State-Based Innovations to Improve Care and Contain Costs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a bulletin on July 24, 2013 that includes six excellent case studies on innovative care delivery and payment models pioneered in North Carolina, Maine, Vermont, Oregon, Michigan, and Minnesota for Medicaid beneficiaries with complex health needs and a history of costly, episodic care. CMS indicates that five percent of Medicaid beneficiaries currently account for 54 percent of total Medicaid expenditures and one percent of Medicaid beneficiaries account for 25 percent of total Medicaid expenditures. Among that top one percent, 83 percent have at least three chronic conditions and more than 60 percent have five or more chronic conditions. [More]

North Carolina Office of Early Learning Awards Contract to PCG Human Services

Boston, MA, September, 2012 – The North Carolina Office of Early Learning has awarded a contract to PCG Human Services’ Early Childhood team to provide a comprehensive service delivery assessment for services delivered to children with sensory loss ages 0-5 in North Carolina. The project will include a staffing review, service analysis, and revenue feasibility study. [More]

ED Announces Approval of Eight New NCLB Waivers

In a May 29, 2012 press release, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced its approval of No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) waivers for eight additional states: Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. ED previously granted NCLB waivers for 11 states; 18 additional waiver applications are still under review. The approved states must agree to “prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.”

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11 States Launch Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs

Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas launched their Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentives Programs on January 3. The HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) authorized an estimated $20 billion in Medicare/Medicaid payment incentives to promote the adoption and meaningful use of certified, interoperable health information technology to help improve coordination, efficiency, and quality of care. [More]