Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
PRL-IHPS contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service.
Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law
Learn more about the new on-line Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law Degree Program at UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law.
Hal Luft Award Winner 2017
In recognition of UCSF faculty who are engaged in health services and/or health policy research in their mentoring roles which demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Dr. Harold Luft.

 

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Funding Innovation in a Learning Health Care System

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Throughout the United States, health systems are attempting to change decades of operational systems designed to deliver health care as a reimbursable service into systems that deliver health as a population goal. Alongside those transformative activities are quality improvement efforts, such as those that aim to reduce hospital-acquired infections, readmissions for heart failure, scheduling delays to see a physician, or long waiting times after arriving for an appointment. Toward both transformation and incremental improvement are calls for the learning health system, ie, clinicians who see every patient encounter as a way to make the next one better. Although the federal government is a major investor in health-related research and could accelerate the development of learning health systems, the current efforts toward that goal may need a redesign of their own. Authors: Andrew B. Bindman, MDPeter J. Pronovost, MD, PhDDavid A. Asch, MD

Read more: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2667095


How neighborhoods shape life with diabetes

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Dr. Rita Hamad, faculty member at IHPS and assistant professor at UCSF, comments on a study of individuals with pre-existing disease or are at risk by living in poorer communities. These communities with lower employment, income and education have scant resources to support exercise and healthy eating and have long been linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes. For the current study, however, researchers focused on 15,308 patients who already had diabetes to see if their neighborhoods might impact how well they lived with the disease.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-diabetes-neighborhoods/how-neighborhoods-shape-life-with-diabetes-idUSKBN1F631X


How much will that hospital procedure cost you? Depends where you go​

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How much will a knee replacement cost you? The unsatisfying answer is that it depends on where you go. In Minnesota, some patients were charged $6,186 for a knee replacement, while the same procedure cost others nearly eight times more — or $46,974. A report from the Minnesota Department of Health found a wide range in the prices that Minnesota hospitals charge for a variety of common procedures. Minnesota is not the only state where hospital prices for the same procedure vary, but it is ranked as one of the most expensive. MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with three guests about the varying cost of healthcare in Minnesota and across the nation: Stefan Gildemeister, state health economist for Minnesota; Dr. Renee Hsia, the director of health policy studies in the department of emergency medicine at UCSF; and Julie Sonier, president of MN Community Measurement.

Read more: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/10/healthcare-costs-vary