Save the Date: Symposium and Launching of the New Food Industry Documents Archive

September 10, 2018
The UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the UCSF Industry Documents Library are excited to announce the public launching of the New Food Industry Documents Archive with a stellar lineup of speakers for our First Annual Symposium on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at the UCSF...

California: A Health Care Laboratory With Mixed Results

September 08, 2018
Despite its successes, California still has significant health disparities and an uneven distribution of health care providers to help reduce them. A Health Affairs study about nurse practitioners underscores the challenge of getting these medical professionals to the populations that need them the...

Costs for Infliximab and Its Biosimilar for Rheumatoid Arthritis Under Medicare Part D

September 07, 2018
Biologic specialty drugs are effective for treating rheumatic diseases, cancer, and other conditions. They represent approximately 2% of prescriptions but accounted for 38% of US drug spending in 2015 and 70% of drug spending growth between 2010 and 2015.1 For rheumatoid arthritis (RA), biologics...

Beyond The ACA: Paths To Universal Coverage In California

September 06, 2018
California’s single-payer legislation is stalled, but the state will establish a task force to pursue unified public financing to achieve universal health insurance. California’s 2018 gubernatorial and legislative elections will provide a forum for further health policy debate and, depending on...

The Mueller Investigation: The Ins, The Outs, and Future Directions

September 05, 2018
You've heard about it in the news, but what exactly is the Mueller Investigation? What is the role of the Russian government in the 2016 US elections? Can the President pardon himself? Find out the answers to this and more with UC Hastings faculty members Joel Paul and Hadar Aviram as they lead an...

Breast Cancer Follow-Up Imaging Varies Widely, Study Finds

September 03, 2018
Follow-up imaging for women with non-metastatic breast cancer varies widely across the country, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Some patients go without the annual mammograms that experts recommend, while others with the same cancer diagnosis receive full-body scans...

New Southern California Medical School To Tackle Doctor Shortages

August 09, 2018
Janet Coffman, Associate Professor, at The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, comments on the new Southern California Medical School addressing the shortage of doctors and the need for more local opportunities for recent graduates to complete their residencies.

Anthem rescinds evaluation and management reimbursement policy to cut payments

June 09, 2018
Anthem has dropped its plan to reduce by 25 percent payments for certain evaluation and management codes. The insurer made the policy change in response to strong opposition from the American Medical Association and other physician groups. 

Rita Hamad, recipient of the 2018 Irene Perstein Award

April 24, 2018
Since 2007, the School of Medicine has recognized outstanding junior women clinician scientists with the Irene Perstein Award. Dr. Hamad’s research fills a unique and important niche at UCSF. She is one of the few researchers—and the only junior physician investigator—who examines the effects of...

Claire Brindis honored at UC Berkeley's Public Health 75 Celebration

April 23, 2018
Claire Brindis, DrPH, director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies was honored by @UCBerkeley #PublicHealth75. UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health (SPH) was the first school of its kind west of the Mississippi.