What can you choose when life restricts you to the narrow width of a hospital bed and your view is one of life's final horizon, ask Steven M. Asch, Karl Lorenz, and Diane Meier.
Sep 11, 2009 | CNN.com
Steven M. Asch is an adjunct health policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, deputy associate chief of staff for health services research at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Asch's research applies quality measurement systems to ensure that patients get needed medical care, particularly in the areas of communicable disease and public health. Asch has led several national projects developing broad-based quality measurement tools for veterans, Medicare beneficiaries, and communities at large. He also directs a multisite center for quality improvement in HIV and hepatitis positive as part of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative. His educational efforts are focused on training physician fellows in health services research, and he serves as the director of the VA Los Angeles Health Services Research Fellowship and associate director of the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Asch is a practicing internist and palliative care physician and the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles.
Asch received his M.D. from the UCSD School of Medicine, and his M.P.H. from the UCLA School of Public Health.
S. M. Asch et al., "Who Is at Greatest Risk for Receiving Poor Quality Health Care?" New England Journal of Medicine, 2006
S. M. Asch et al., "Does the Collaborative Model Improve Care for Chronic Heart Failure?" Medical Care, 43(7), 2005
S. M. Asch et al., "Quality of Care for Hypertension in the United States," BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 5(1), 2005
S. M. Asch et al., "Comparison of Quality of Care for Patients in the Veterans Health Administration and Patients in a National Sample," Annals of Internal Medicine, 141(12), 2004
S. M. Asch et al., "Measuring Underuse of Necessary Care Among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries Using Inpatient and Outpatient Claims," Journal of the American Medical Association, 284(18), 2000