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Jack Needleman,
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Professor, Health Policy and Management
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Phone: (310) 267-2706
Fax: (310) 825-3317
E-mail: needlema@ucla.edu

Dr. Needleman, PhD, FAAN, is currently Professor of Health Policy and Management, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where he is director of the departmentís PhD and research masters programs. Prior to coming to UCLA, he was on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, and before that, Vice President and Co-Director of the Public Policy practice at Lewin-ICF, a well-respected health policy research and consulting firm. Dr. Needleman has a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. He has taught health policy, research methods, evaluation, and health care financial management.

Dr. Needlemanís research addresses a wide range of health policy issues. For the past decade, nursing and quality have been a central focus of Dr. Needlemanís research. His research on hospital nurse staffing and patient outcomes won the first AcademyHealth Health Service Research Impact Award, and his work on nursing performance measurement has been used by the National Quality Forum, Joint Commission and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. His paper examining the economics of hospital nursing and business case for nursing was Health Affairsí most downloaded article in 2006. He has continued his research on quality and nurse staffing in hospitals, examining the impact of shift-to-shift variations in nurse staffing on patient outcomes and updating and strengthening the NQF and AHRQ-adopted failure to rescue measure. He is leading the evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundationís initiative Transforming Care at the Bedside, providing insight on how front-line staff led quality improvement efforts influence patient care and the organization of work on nursing units, and helped design the evaluationís strategy for measuring impacts on safety and reliability, workflow, work environment and patient centeredness of care. He is also Co-Principal Investigator on the evaluation of the Veterans Administration Nursing Academy, studying its impact on faculty recruitment, nursing class sizes, and nursing education. In recognition of his scholarship, Dr. Needleman was made an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2007.

Dr. Needlemanís research outside of nursing has included studies of the costs and quality of care and access to health services. His research comparing for-profit and nonprofit hospital performance and studying nonprofit and public hospital conversions to for-profit status has been widely cited. That work included extensive analysis of hospital costs and pricing. He has conducted research on the performance and quality of care of community health centers and changes in access to inpatient care for psychiatric conditions and substance abuse. He has participated in research on physician work hours and the impact of resident work limits. Dr. Needleman was a consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance and a member of its subcommittee on Societal Impacts of Uninsurance. While at Lewin/ICF, he conducted studies and served as a consultant to numerous state and federal task forces considering initiatives for health care cost control and expanding access to care. He has evaluated or helped design payment systems for hospitals, physicians and nursing homes.

Dr. Needlemanís expertise on quality measurement and nursing issues has been tapped by many organizations, including the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission (where he is one of the few non-nurses on the Nursing Advisory Council), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AHRQ and CMS.