Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Current COVID-19 Related Research and Initiatives
IHPS faculty are responding to policy challenges raised by the COVID-19
 pandemic with rapid-cycle research and technical assistance.
Harold S. Luft Mentoring Award
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.
New IHPS Fellow
Sarah B. Garrett, PhD, is a new Fellow at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. As a Fellow, Sarah will focus on the implementation and effects of interventions intended to reduce maternal mortality in the U.S., particularly among communities disproportionately affected by it.


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Coronavirus May Change Patient Appointments to Videoconference Permanently

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The coronavirus has prompted many medical centers to switch from in-person appointments to video visits. A new study from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals suggests that for some hospitals, video visits may become a permanent feature of the patient-provider landscape.

Prior to March 2020, all patients at the UCSF Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic received medical care through in-person visits. By the end of March, 97 percent of visits – approximately 80 appointments per week – were done via videoconferencing with physicians or nurse practitioners, according to the study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

“This has been a complex transition because we have had to navigate the uncertain waters of parent and adolescent/young adult involvement and confidentiality,” said senior author Marissa Raymond-Flesch, MD, of the UCSF Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. “However, after the current coronavirus crisis, we expect to maintain telehealth in many areas.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rapid Implementation of Adolescent and Young Adult
Telemedicine: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation

Angela Barney, Sara Buckelew, Veronika Mesheriakova, Marissa Raymond-Flesch

Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020 May 14

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Cigarette Pack Prices and Sales Following Policy Changes
in California, 2011–2018

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David C. Boettiger and Justin S. White
American Journal of Public Health
Published Online: May 21, 2020

This research analyses the impact of the combined effect of California’s Tobacco 21 law (enacted June 2016) and $2-per-pack cigarette excise tax increase (enacted April 2017) on cigarette prices and sales, compared with matched comparator states.

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ED Visits and Readmissions After Follow-up for Mental Health Hospitalization

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Naomi S. Bardach,
Stephanie K. Doupnik, Jonathan Rodean, Bonnie T. Zima, James C. Gay, Carol Nash, Yasas Tanguturi and Tumaini R. Coker
Pediatrics May 2020, e20192872; DOI:

A national quality measure in the Child Core Set is used to assess whether pediatric patients hospitalized for a mental illness receive timely follow-up care. In this study, we examine the relationship between adherence to the quality measure and repeat use of the emergency department (ED) or repeat hospitalization for a primary mental health condition.

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