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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Jack Resneck Named Chair-Elect of American Medical Association Board

Jack Resneck Jr., MD, a UC San Francisco dermatologist, has been named chair-elect of the 2017-2018 American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Resneck’s selection for the Board position was announced by the AMA on June 14 during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The AMA is the premier national organization providing timely, essential resources that empower physicians, residents and medical students to succeed at every phase of their medical lives. Resneck is professor and vice-chair of the UCSF Department of Dermatology. He holds a joint appointment as a core faculty member at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and also directs UCSF’s dermatology faculty practice. Read More

Why have ER visit rates increased in California, despite the ACA?

Kathryn PhilipsMore than five million Californians have gained coverage under Obamacare, either through the expansion of Medi-Cal, California’s version of the Medicaid program for low-income people, or by purchasing health plans from Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange. Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the last quarter of 2016. Renee Hsia, professor of emergency medicine and health policy at UCSF; director of the policy lab for acute care & emergencies at UCSF, joins Lanhee Chen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign in this radio interview hosted by KPCC's Larry Mantle. Read More

Harold S. Luft Mentoring Award 2017

We are delighted to announce that Mary-Margaret (Meg) Chren, MD, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Harold S. Luft Award for Mentoring in Health Services and Health Policy Research. 

Meg Chren is a Professor in the Department of Dermatology at UCSF where much of her academic work has focused on understanding, measuring, and improving comprehensive health outcomes of patients with chronic diseases.  In addition to being internationally recognized for her expertise in dermatology, including dermato-epidemiology, Meg directs the Program for Clinical Research. Read More