Allied Health Workforce and Services - Workshop Summary
||December 8, 2011
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The demand for health care is growing as the nation ages and seeks to provide coverage for the millions of Americans who lack health insurance. At the same time, escalating costs have led to a variety of initiatives to make the delivery of health care more effective and efficient. The allied health workforce is critical to the success of these efforts. The allied health workforce includes thousands of professionals employed in many different professions with different job duties and different amounts of education and training, but there is no single definition for allied health or list of allied health occupations.
Given the importance of allied health, particularly in light of health care reform, the IOM held a workshop May 9-10, 2011, to examine the current allied health care workforce and consider how it can contribute to improving health care access, quality, and effectiveness. Among other topics, speakers at the workshop examined the following questions:
- What is allied health, and who is part of that workforce?
- What workforce strategies could improve access to select allied health services?
- How can policy makers, state and federal government, and allied health care providers improve the regulations and structure?
This document summarizes the workshop.