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Medical Laboratory Technicians in California: Expanding Hospital Lab Capacity

UCSF researchers find that medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) are being integrated into laboratory staff at California hospitals with good results. This one-page document provides a summary of the...

Author(s): Catherine Dower, Lisel Blash, Susan A. Chapman
Source: Healthforce Center at UCSF
Date: Apr. 22, 2014

The Effect of Health Information Technology Implementation in Veterans Health Administration Hospitals on Patient Outcomes

The impact of health information technology (HIT) in hospitals is dependent in large part on how it is used by nurses. This study examines the impact of HIT on the quality of care in hospitals in the...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, James F. Burgess, Ciaran S. Phibbs
Source: Healthcare
Date: Mar. 01, 2014

California Board of Registered Nursing 2012-2013 Annual School Report: Data Summary for Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs

Development of the 2012-2013 Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) School Survey was the work of the Board's Education Issues Workgroup, which consists of nursing education stakeholders from across...

Author(s): Renae Waneka, Timothy Bates, Joanne Spetz
Date: Feb. 18, 2014

Shaking Up the Dental Safety-Net: Elimination of Optional Adult Dental Medicaid Benefits in California

Center Researchers Beth Mertz and Cynthia Wides published this article in the February 2014 Supplemental Issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. This issue celebrates the...

Author(s): Cynthia Wides, Sonia Rab Alam, Elizabeth Mertz
Source: Project MUSE
Date: Feb. 01, 2014

Building Leadership among Laboratory-based and Clinical and Translational Researchers: the University of California, San Francisco Experience

In 2005 the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) implemented the Scientific Leadership and Management (SLM) course, a 2-day leadership training program to assist laboratory-based...

Author(s): Cynthia Wides, Elizabeth Mertz, Bill Lindstaedt, Jeanette Brown
Date: Feb. 01, 2014

Economics of Health Care and Nursing: How Will Health Reform Affect Demand for RNs?

This is a complex question to answer, but recent work published by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies tries to quantify the effect of the ACA. The report by Frogner and Spetz (2013)...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Jan. 30, 2014

Impact of the 2010 Affordable Care Act on the California Labor Force

A microsimulation model was developed to assess insurance enrollment growth in California due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, increased demand for health services resulting from...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Ken Jacobs, Bianca Frogner, Shelley Oberlin, Steve Parente, Dylan Roby, Nigel Lo, Greg Watson, Jack Needleman
Date: Jan. 26, 2014

Identifying Potential Predictors of a Safe Attending Physician Workload: A Survey of Hospitalists

Attending physician workload may be compromising patient safety and quality of care. Recent studies show hospitalists, intensivists, and surgeons report that excessive attending physician workload...

Author(s): Henry J. Michtalik, Peter J. Pronovost, Jill A. Marsteller, Joanne Spetz, Daniel J. Brotman
Date: Nov. 11, 2013

Scope-of-Practice Laws for Nurse Practitioners Limit Cost Savings that can be Achieved in Retail Clinics

Retail clinics have the potential to reduce health spending by offering convenient, low-cost access to basic health care services. Retail clinics are often staffed by nurse practitioners (NPs), whose...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Stephen Parente, Robert Town, Dawn Bazarko
Date: Nov. 01, 2013

Policy Solutions to Address the Foreign-Educated and Foreign-Born Health Care Workforce in the United States

Foreign-educated and foreign-born health workers constitute a sizable and important portion of the US health care workforce. We review the distribution of these workers and their countries of origin...

Author(s): Peggy Chen, David Auerbach, Ulrike Muench, Leslie Curry, Elizabeth Bradley
Date: Nov. 01, 2013