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UCSF Doctors Awarded Fellowships to Improve Health Quality

December 20, 2011
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Three UCSF faculty members have been awarded fellowships from the University of California's Center for Health Quality and Innovation to support projects aimed at improving the quality and value of health care. The awardees, all doctors at the UCSF Medical Center, are among 13 recipients from six UC campuses and were evaluated on four components: applicant strength, application quality, consistency with the Center's mission and the projects' potential return on investment.

The University of California launched the Center last year as part of its commitment to improve the quality of care to medically vulnerable Californians while also developing strategies to improve the delivery of care to help contain costs.

The UCSF fellows and their projects are:

  • Wendy Anderson, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine, clinician-investigator with the UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine and Palliative Care Program, for "Nurse-Initiated Multidisciplinary Patient- and Family-Centered Communications in the ICU."
  • Kevin Bozic, MD, MBA, associate professor and vice chair, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, for "Episode of Care 'Bundled' Payments."
  • Ning Tang, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, and medical director for Ambulatory Quality and Safety at UCSF Medical Center, for "Building a Primary Care Program to Reduce 30-Day Hospital Readmissions at UCSF."

The Center is governed by a board composed of the six UC medical school deans, five UC medical center CEOs and chaired by the UC senior vice president for health sciences and services. The Center, which in July awarded its first round of grants, received initial funding of $5 million — $1 million each from medical centers at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego and UCSF.

The Center's board selected the fellows from 34 applications by UC faculty and staff.

Fellows will receive mentorship from their campuses and will meet with the other fellows and leadership from all five UC medical center campuses. In addition, the fellows' institutions will receive a $50,000 award to support a portion of the salary and benefits associated with time the fellows spend on their projects.

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