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The Case for medicare for All: Congress passes an inflation bill but is it enough?

The ACA “did close a lot of gaps” says Gerald Kominski, PhD, senior fellow at UCLA CHPR and research professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Luskin School of Public Affairs. “But we still have upward of roughly 25 million Americans without health insurance, and no other industrial, high-income nation can say that such a large portion of the population remains outside’’ the system.

Health Insurance Program
Gerald F. Kominski
Health Leaders Media

Medi-Cal's long-term care services reach only a small portion of seniors, disabled adults

Two Medi-Cal long-term care programs designed to keep seniors and disabled adults out of nursing homes are serving only a fraction of the eligible population, a UCLA Center for Health Policy

Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)
Kathryn G. Kietzman
Capital & Main

In the Middle of a Mental Health Crisis Among Youth, Words Matter

The first step is the definition. The next step is utilization," said D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, PhD, MPH, a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, who helped craft the definition. "Research and evidence-based practices, or EBP, are primarily developed for English-speaking children and don't capture children speaking other languages and other cultures," explains Padilla-Frausto. "If that's how EBP are decided, are we capturing the needs of other groups?

Mental Health Program
D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto

Want to fix systemic gun violence? Treat it as a public health issue, experts say

Dr. Michael Rodriguez and Dr. Ninez Ponce of the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk about gun violence as a public health issue. Rodriguez has a good quote "there are more safety policies and regulations around teddy bears than there are for guns and keeping them safe in the home." "We need to look at guns as a consumer product that is dangerous, and when there's access to guns then there's a risk that someone will be injured, if not killed by that gun."

Gun Violence and Gun Safety
Ninez A. Ponce
Associated Press

California health program successfully cut hospital visits

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research said that for every 1,000 people enrolled in California's Whole Person Care pilot program, there were 45 fewer hospitalizations and 130 fewer ER visits when compared with a similar group of patients who were not in the program.

Whole Person Care (WPC) Program Evaluation, Health Economics and Evaluation Research (HEER) Program
Nadereh Pourat
UCLA Health

New research presented in tackling gun violence as a public health epidemic

These statistics were among those presented at "Addressing Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic," a symposium held Feb. 13 by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The half-day virtual symposium featured emerging research on various aspects of gun violence and discussions with leaders from national and local organizations advocating for policy change and public safety.

Gun Violence and Gun Safety, E.R. Brown Symposium
Ninez A. Ponce
The Modesto Bee

Meet Dr. G, a doctor who stayed in Modesto and made it her mission to help desperate diabetics

The California Health Interview Survey has revealed an elevated prevalence of diabetes at 11.5% in the country, above the 10% in the state. Physical inactivity, a contributor of diabetes, is a health issue for almost a third of residents.

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)
Associated Press

Hospital COVID payments tied to patient treatment, not deaths

“This is a stupid lie that apparently, like a zombie, refuses to die,” Gerald Kominski, a senior fellow and former director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, wrote in an email. “The most common lie about this fact is that every COVID hospitalization (i.e., including on-Medicare) meant more payment (FALSE) and hospitals only got paid more if the patient died (FALSE)."

Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) Program Evaluation
Gerald F. Kominski

Fact-Check Michigan incentive program for children's vaccines paid far less than $40,000 to individual providers

Nadereh Pourat, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles' Fielding School of Public Health, noted that insurance companies use financial incentives or penalties to promote important preventive care. Examples she has seen included promoting chlamydia screening or checking for cavities in young children, she said in an email. "The hope is to get providers used to routinely providing evidence-based care," but not to continue providing the incentive forever," Pourat said.

Nadereh Pourat
UCLA Newsroom

UCLA researchers receive grants to study needs of California's Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Ninez Ponce and colleagues at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research received $161,000 for a study to address the gap in data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through the construction of a new measure to better indicate the needs of the state's NHPI population.

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) Data Policy Lab
Ninez A. Ponce