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December
2015

Affordable Care Act Will Spur California Health Care Workforce to Develop New Leadership, Flexibility and People Skills, UCSF-led Study Finds

ACA California Health Care Workforce

Affordable Care Act Will Spur California Health Care Workforce to Develop New Leadership, Flexibility and People Skills, UCSF-led Study Finds ACA’s largest effects will be seen in workplace culture, delivery systems, technologies and education, not job growth As health care shifts away from a fee-for-service model as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care workers in California will be called upon to develop new skills and fill new roles, according to a study led by UC San Francisco researchers. 

“Ultimately, the ACA will have a greater effect on workplace culture, health care delivery systems, health care technologies and education than on absolute numbers of workers,” said author Joanne Spetz, PhD, professor at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies and associate director for research at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions. “The reality is that most growth in health care jobs in California will be driven by the aging of the state’s population, ACA or no ACA. The more interesting and profound changes will be qualitative, not quantitative.” The study’s authors analyzed state and national health care data and conducted in-depth interviews with health care leaders from across California. The leaders agreed that ACA implementation in California has increased the demand for services and is driving the need for new models of care. The leaders also see the ACA as driving change from a clinic- and hospital-based fee-for-service model of care to a model that emphasizes preventive care and positive patient outcomes.

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