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Bianca K. Frogner
Associate Professor
Research
bfrogner@uw.edu

Biography

Bianca Kiyoe Frogner, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at University of Washington (UW). She is the Director of the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) and Deputy Director of the Primary Care Innovation Lab (PCI-Lab), which are housed in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Frogner is a health economist (NIH T32 trainee) with expertise in health services delivery, health workforce, labor economics, health spending, health insurance coverage and reimbursement, and international health systems.

She is the Principal Investigator of two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) grants, one focused on allied health and another focused on the training and education of health professionals to address health equity. In 2016, Dr. Frogner served on an Institute of Medicine (IOM) Consensus Study Committee on Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health. She serves on the editorial boards of Medical Care Research and Review and Health Systems. She received the 2019 John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award as lead author of a study investigating physical therapy as the first point of care for low back pain treatment published in Health Services Research. Dr. Frogner recently provided testimony on health care careers to the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee of the US House Ways and Means Committee. Dr. Frogner’s has produced 115 publications including peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reports. Her research has been shared in over 200 scholarly presentations and has appeared in popular media outlets including CNN, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Vox, and Politico.

Dr. Frogner completed a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Dr. Frogner received her PhD in health economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and BA at University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology.

 

Publications

Prusynski RA, Frogner BK, Dahal AD, Skillman SM, Mroz TM Skilled nursing facility characteristics associated with financially motivated therapy and relation to quality. J Am Med Dir Assoc. Dec 2020

Armstrong D, Moore J, Fraher EP, Frogner BK, Pittman P, Spetz J Covid-19 and the health workforce. Med Care Res Rev. Oct 2020

Mroz TM, Dahal A, Prusynski R, Skillman SM, Frogner BK Variation in employment of therapy assistants in skilled nursing facilities based on organizational factors. Med Care Res Rev. Aug 2020

Mroz TM, Patterson DG, Frogner BK The impact of medicare's rural add-on payments on supply of home health agencies serving rural counties. Health Aff (Millwood). Jun 2020

Skillman SM, Dahal A, Frogner BK, Andrilla CHA Frontline workers' career pathways: A detailed look at washington state's medical assistant workforce. Med Care Res Rev. Jun 2020

Fraher EP, Pittman P, Frogner BK, Spetz J, Moore J, Beck AJ, Armstrong D, Buerhaus PI Ensuring and sustaining a pandemic workforce. N Engl J Med. Jun 2020

LeRouge C, Sangameswaran S, Frogner B, Snyder C, Rubenstein L, Kirsh S, Sayre G The group practice manager in the vha: A view from the field. Fed Pract. Feb 2020

Frogner BK, Fraher EP, Spetz J, Pittman P, Moore J, Beck AJ, Armstrong D, Buerhaus PI Modernizing scope-of-practice regulations - time to prioritize patients. N Engl J Med. Feb 2020

Ide N, Frogner B, LeRouge CM, Vigil P, Thompson M What's on your keyboard? A systematic review of the contamination of peripheral computer devices in healthcare settings. . BMJ Open. Mar 2019

Luo R, Sickler J, Vahidnia F, Lee YC, Frogner B, Thompson M Diagnosis and Management of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis in the United States, 2011-2015. . BMC Infect Dis. Feb 2019

Frogner BK, Harwood K, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M, Pines JM Physical Therapy as the First Point of Care to Treat Low Back Pain: An Instrumental Variables Approach to Estimate Impact on Opioid Prescription, Health Care Utilization, and Costs. Health Serv Res. Dec 2018

Snyder CR, Frogner BK, Skillman SM. Facilitating Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Health Workforce.. J Allied Health. 47(1):58-65.. April 2018


 

CHWS Publications

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Frogner BK. How Do You Create a “Zero-Burnout” Primary Care Practice? Tradeoffs.org Newsletter 07-02-2021

Beck AJ, Spetz J, Pittman P, Frogner BK, Fraher EP, Moore J, Armstrong D, Buerhaus PI. Investing In A 21st Century Health Workforce: A Call For Accountability Health Affairs Blog 09-15-2021

Armstrong D, Moore J, Fraher EP, Frogner BK, Pittman P, Spetz J. COVID-19 and the Health Workforce Medical Care Research and Review 10-30-2020

Frogner BK, Schwartz M. Examining Wage Disparities by Race and Ethnicity of Health Care Workers Medical Care Volume 59 - Issue - p S471-S478 10-01-2021

Dahal A, Frogner BK, Skillman SM, Patterson DG. Accelerating Health Professions Pathways for Immigrants Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington 07-26-2021

 

CHWS Presentations

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Frogner BK. Which Health Care Workers Were at Greatest Employment Risk During the COVID Crisis? Graduate Seminar, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

Batra S, Frogner BK. Social Mission Metrics: Measuring the Social Mission of Dental, Medical, and Nursing Schools Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center Webinar Series

Frogner BK, Skillman SM. Health Workforce Development: Aligning Interprofessional Education, Team-based Models of Care, Organizational Cultural, DEI Strategies and Workforce Development Nexus Summit 2021

Oster NV, Skillman SM, Frogner BK, Dahal A, Stubbs BA, Pollack SW, Guenther G. Characterizing the Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist and Pharmacist Workforce Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic AAMC 2021 Group on Diversity and Inclusion & Health Workforce Research Joint Virtual Conference

Sabin, J (Presenter), Frogner BK (Moderator). Evaluating a Course on Implicit Bias in Clinical and Learning Environments: Provider Bias-awareness, Patient-centeredness, and Reflections Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center

 

RHRC Publications

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Mroz TM, Frogner BK, Patterson DG. The impact of Medicare’s rural add-on payments on supply of home health agencies serving rural counties Health Affairs 39:6, 949-957 06-01-2020

 

RHRC Presentations

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Mroz TM, Patterson DG, & Frogner B. The impact of Medicare’s rural add-on payments on access to home health care Poster presented at the AcademyHealth –Long Term Services and Support Interest Group Meeting, Seattle, WA

Mroz TM, Patterson DG, & Frogner B. The impact of Medicare’s rural add-on payments on access to home health care Poster presented at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA