Healthcare Workforce

Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce

(2008/2013 Update) This AAHC report focuses attention on the critical need for a new, collaborative, coordinated, national health workforce planning initiative. The report’s seven chapters include more than 40 findings that document what is “out of order” with respect to the nation’s health workforce, as well as the looming social and economic forces that leave no time for further delay before the problems get dramatically worse.


From Education to Regulation: Dynamic Challenges for the Health Workforce

(2008) This book includes a set of papers commissioned by the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) to elucidate some of the thorny issues related to producing and retaining a 21st century U.S. health workforce. Authors include national experts who delineate some difficult yet unresolved challenges, including workforce regulations, professional and educational standards, and workplace practices and offer possible responses on multiple fronts.


For the Health-Care Work Force, a Critical Prognosis

(2007) The Chronicle of Higher Education, By Daniel W. Rahn and Steven A. Hartman
In this article, the authors present findings showing that the healthcare shortage in the United States is serious. Some experts may argue that there is no cause for alarm because workforce shortages are cyclical, market-driven, and easily ameliorated. But that perspective is not valid today, and the workforce shortfall in healthcare cannot be resolved in the marketplace alone.


A Call to Action: Out of Order, Out of Time; The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce

(2013) AAHC issued this update to its landmark 2008 report on the health workforce, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce, noting that much had changed and that much still needs to be done. This report focuses on other factors at play in the current health workforce environment beyond the numbers, including misaligned incentives, long-standing barriers to interprofessional collaboration, and rapidly evolving technology.


A Policy Framework: Out of Order, Out of Time; the State of the Nation’s Health Workforce

(2013) This update to AAHC’s milestone report on the health workforce, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce, addresses important developments that changed the environment in which health workforce reform policies must be formulated and implemented, and provides recommendations for the work that still must be done to address the strains on the nation’s health workforce.