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The Center's FREE health policy seminar series: 2014

March 25, 2014

    The Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our lunchtime seminar series.

    Upcoming April 23 seminar: "Patients without patience" 

    ElisaLong.jpgMore than 5 million patients are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) annually, accounting for 14 percent ($107 billion) of total hospital expenditures. As demand for ICU care increases, patients often endure excessive wait times for bed assignment due to capacity shortages, further straining emergency departments.

    In this April 23 seminarElisa Long, assistant professor in Decisions, Operations & Technology 
    Management at the Anderson School of Management, examines a way to more efficiently use intensive care unit (ICU) resources.

    Specifically, Long developed a model that estimates whether the amount of time a patient waits for a bed has an impact on their health. Long also examined whether rapid discharge from the ICU (in order to free up beds) has an adverse effect on whether that patient is readmitted later.

    Join us in person or via live-streaming webinar here:

    What: "Patients without Patience: An Empirical Model of Waiting in the ICU"

    When: Wednesday, April 23 

    Time:  Noon to 1 p.m.

    Where: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research [Map]

    10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    See all Center videos and webinars here.
    Sign up for our e-newsletter, "Health Policy News," for updates on upcoming seminars. 


    Recent seminars:

    March 19: "Promise or Peril? How Low-Income Older Californians Are Faring in the Face of Major Health Care Delivery Changes"

    About 400,000 California seniors insured through both Medicare and Medi-Cal are currently being enrolled in a Medi-Cal managed care program called Cal MediConnect -- unless they actively opt out of the program. The new program, designed to improve care coordination, increase efficiency, and result in better health outcomes, has also created concern and confusion among seniors eligible for the program.

    In this webinar, Center researchers Kathryn Kietzman and Jacqueline Torres presented recent data that show how this physically, socially and financially vulnerable group may be affected by the transition into Cal MediConnect,and how it will affect their ability to live at home.

    January 22: "
    Patient centered care: meaning, evidence and future"

    If quality and safety improvement are all about the patient, why is there a growing and influential "patient-centered care movement"? Is it because 20 years of quality and safety improvements have been successful, or is there another reason? Is it only about health care or is there a public health and health policy aspect? In the first Center seminar of 2014, Dr. John Øvretveit, director of research and professor of health care innovation implementation and evaluation at the Medical Management Centre at The Karolinska Institute, considers the meaning of "patient-centered care" and the international movement, and provides examples of some of the ideas and evidence of impact. His presentation also outlines the future implications for patients, researchers and health care workers.
    Watch this seminar here.

    13: "''Redefining the Safety Net: The Changing Roles of Counties in Providing Health Care" 

    Dylan Roby, director of the Center's Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, discussed how policy change, county resources, the "Bridge to Reform" waiver, and new access to insurance coverage will alter county roles and expectations in California. Watch the video here.

    16: "Implementing Obamacare: Is California Still Leading the Nation?"

    Center Director
    Gerald Kominski discussed the rollout of Covered California, the health care exchange that opened for enrollment on Oct. 1. Covered California estimates that nearly 1.4 million residents in the state will sign up in 2014. Kominski described the plans offered by the exchange and presented the latest estimates on likely take-up and enrollment.  Watch the video here.

    More seminars and webinars can be viewed on our Center Videos page.

    The Center's Health Policy Seminars are held once a month. Please check back with us here to view upcoming speakers or receive announcements by subscribing to our e-newsletter.


    Past speakers include:

    • Gerald Kominski, Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
    • Michael Goldstein, a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Faculty Associate and professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
    • John Ovreteit, director of research and professor of health innovation and evaluation at the Karolinska Institute
    • Steven P. Wallace, Center associate director and professor in the UCLA School of Public Health
    • Dani Filc and Nadav Dividovitch, senior lecturers, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
    • Sheila Kuehl, former chair of the California Senate Health Committee
    • Mark Litwin, professor of health services, UCLA School of Public Health, and urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
    • Dylan H. Roby, research scientist, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; assistant professor, UCLA School of Public Health.
    • Jean Balgrosky,  a UCLA lecturer on information technology and former SVP and chief information officer for Scripps Health and chief information officer for Holy Cross Health System; and Paul C. Fu Jr., an associate clinical professor in the UCLA Department of Pediatrics and Health Services (where he also serves as director of clinical informatics) and the former chief medical information officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Watch the seminar.
    • Allison K. Hoffman, faculty associate, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; acting professor, UCLA School of Law.  Watch the seminar.
    • Robert M. Kaplan, incoming director of the National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research. Watch the seminar.

    ...and many more!​