CHA News Article

Study Finds ACA Will Spur California Health Care Workforce Toward Leadership, Flexibility

The University of California, San Francisco, has released findings from a study of the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the health workforce. The study, funded by CHA, Kaiser Permanente, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the California Workforce Development Board, 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 key take-away from the study is that, 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. According to Joanne Spetz, associate director for research at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions, “Leaders will have to adapt to this changing world, and health care workers at all levels will have to learn new leadership skills, including critical thinking, decision-making and providing constructive feedback.” A press release is attached; the study can be viewed in its entirety at