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Laurence C. Baker, PhD

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February 12th, 2008

Large variations found among Calif. hospitals


The report led by CHP/PCOR faculty fellow Laurence Baker and colleagues found large variations among California hospitals the intensity with which the facilities treat seriously ill patients. Variations were found among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries, as well as among nonelderly patients with private insurance and Medicare HMO beneficiaries. +HTML+
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May 24th, 2007

Premature newborns fare better in large hospitals

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A recent study, conducted in part by CHP/PCOR researchers, found that premature newborns face a higher risk of death when treated in smaller intensive care units at community hospitals. +HTML+
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February 23rd, 2007

Health care costs to double by 2016

CHP/PCOR in the news: San Francisco Chronicle on February 23, 2007

CHP/PCOR fellow Laurence Baker provided comments in a piece that discusses the rapidly rising health care costs cited in several reports. The reports suggest that health care costs will nearly double in 2016. Baker attributes the increase in medical costs to the growing demand for new technologies that are often expensive. The improved bargaining power of doctors and hospitals is also cited as a reason for increased costs.

February 8th, 2007

The Biotech Bubble: Why Stem-Cell Research Won't Make States Rich

CHP/PCOR in the news: Slate Magazine on February 6, 2007

CHP/PCOR fellow Laurence Baker, a co-author of a recent study on stem cell research, was quoted in a Slate article on conflicting studies on the amount of revenue that stem cell research might generate for the states. Baker's research suggests that stem cell research would "generate state revenues and health care savings of $6.4 to $12.6 billion over 30 years," turning a $1 billion profit for California after accounting for state bonds used to fund research and bond interest payments. The analysis, entitled "Economic Impact Analysis: Proposition 71 - California Stem Cell Research and Cures" is a report commission by Californians for Stem Cell Research and Cures.

September 8th, 2006

In SF Chronicle, Baker discusses rising rate of uninsured, lack of consensus on solutions

CHP/PCOR in the news

CHP/PCOR fellow Laurence Baker comments in an Aug. 30 San Francisco Chronicle article on new U.S. census figures which found that a record 46.6 million Americans had no health insurance in 2005 and that fewer people received coverage through their employers. Baker said the number of recent legislative efforts to reduce the number of uninsured show rising concern over the issue, but that there is little consensus on how best to solve the problem. Read more »

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Local patients more likely to get invasive heart procedures
A recent study by Stanford professor Laurence Baker shows Bakersfield residents are 2.5 times more likely than the rest of the state to get an elective angiography. They're also about twice as likely to get an elective PCI, also called angioplasty, ...
September 5, 2011 in Bakersfield Californian

Is valley heart treatment too aggressive?
The study of medical procedures and geographical variation was conducted by Dr. Laurence Baker of Stanford University and was also funded by the California HealthCare Foundation. The work was commissioned by the Campaign for Effective Patient Care, ...
September 5, 2011 in Bakersfield Californian

Valley heart procedure rates among highest in Calif.
The variations -- part of a new analysis of statewide hospital discharge data by Stanford health research and policy professor Laurence Baker -- demand scrutiny, medical experts say. Doctors must examine how they practice because there are health-care ...
September 4, 2011 in Fresno Bee

New class of physician-scientists showcase research
"What we really love is seeing people doing things that make a difference," said Laurence Baker, PhD, director of medical student scholarship and professor of health research and policy, speaking of the projects being presented at the event earlier ...
May 23, 2011 in Scope (blog)

From frostbite to stem cells, research projects display medical students’ talents at symposium
Laurence Baker, PhD, director of medical student scholarship and professor of health research and policy, noted that the students’ work was much more than a school assignment. “What we really love is seeing people doing things that make a difference,” he said before the awards were presented.
May 20, 2011 in Stanford Medical Center Report

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