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.
Harold S. Luft Mentoring Award Winner 2019
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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More nurses will needed to be freed to move into intensive care units

Hospital WorkersPatient numbers would far outstrip hospital staff capacity in the coming months, as coronavirus cases continue to rise. New estimates of healthcare workers needed to meet demand were given to the New York Times in an interview with Joanne Spetz, PhD, a professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy and Associate Director for the Healthforce Center at UCSF. 

The United States is facing a nursing shortfall, and California will be especially hard hit; the state’s vacancy rate for registered nurses is now above 4 percent. The coronavirus will place a tremendous strain on already understaffed hospitals. Yet a growing number of hospitals are discontinuing clinical rotations for the state’s nursing students. The California Board of Registered Nursing requires that 75 percent of a nursing student’s clinical education be completed with patient contact during hospital rotations.

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California Calls On Medical Students and Retirees to Fight Coronavirus Pandemic

Nursing Students Call for Emergency Licenses

California needs nurses, doctors for coronavirus surge. Here’s what the state is doing to get them.

California needs nurses. So why is the state about to give up 10,000 prospects?

There Are Not Nearly Enough Nurses To Handle The Surge Of Coronavirus Patients:
Here’s How To Close the Gap Quickly
by Joanne Spetz, PhD, in Health Affairs

In California’s Battle Against the Coronavirus, We Have a New Class of Superheroes

Harold S. Luft Award for Mentoring
in Health Services and Health Policy Research

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New Deadline: April 13, 2020


The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Finally Make Telemedicine Mainstream in the U.S.

Health Care ChartAs of March 3, more than 92,000 people worldwide have been sickened by the virus that causes COVID-19, including more than 100 in the U.S. As both numbers trend upward, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that increased person-to-person spread in U.S. communities is likely, and that containment measures may become increasingly disruptive to daily life.

Julia Adler-Milstein, MD, director of the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research, larger health systems that have invested heavily in telehealth, like Kaiser Permanente, have seen benefits from it, but providers with a less built-out infrastructure will have to grapple in real-time with questions like, “How do we know which patients are well-suited to telehealth?” and “How do we get their information into the doctor’s hands?” 

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