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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Reducing health disparities in unintended pregnancies among Hispanic adolescents

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Authors: Kathleen P. Tebb, Felicia Rodriguez, Lance M. Pollack, Sang Leng Trieu, Loris Hwang, Maryjane Puffer, Sally Adams, Elizabeth M. Ozer, Claire D. Brindis

Teen pregnancy rates in the USA remain higher than any other industrialised nation, and pregnancies among Hispanic adolescents are disproportionately high. Computer-based interventions represent a promising approach to address sexual health and contraceptive use disparities. Preliminary findings have demonstrated that the Health-E You/Salud iTu,computer application (app) is feasible to implement, acceptable to Latina adolescents and improves sexual health knowledge and interest in selecting an effective contraceptive method when used in conjunction with a healthcare visit. The app is now ready for efficacy testing.

Read more: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/1/e018201.full


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


Are all certified EHRs created equal? Assessing the relationship between
EHR vendor and hospital meaningful use performance

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Authors: A. Jay Holmgren, Julia Adler-Milstein, and Jeffrey McCullough. The federal electronic health record (EHR) certification process was intended to ensure a baseline level of system quality and the ability to support meaningful use criteria. We sought to assess whether there was variation across EHR vendors in the degree to which hospitals using products from those vendors were able to achieve high levels of performance on meaningful use criteria.

Read more: https://academic.oup.com/jamia/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/jamia/ocx135/4658771