Closing the Looming Health Care Talent Gap

October 31, 2017
The U.S. may not be producing enough qualified doctors, nurses, and specialists, creating a shortage which, according to Joanne Spetz,  professor of health policy studies at UCSF, could cause problems in the years ahead. “There are enough new graduate nurses to fill those posts, but if the skills...

How much would CVS’s 7-day limit on painkiller prescriptions help solve the opioid crisis?

October 30, 2017
The opioid crisis has reached epidemic status. And today, the country’s largest pharmacy chain has pledged its support to help. CVS Pharmacy has announced it will limit opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain conditions for new patients seeking drugs for pain relief. The pharmacy will also...

CalViva-Kaiser Split Highlights Health Care Complexities, Patient Confusion

October 23, 2017
Earlier this summer, a contract between CalViva health and Kaiser Permanente left 9,000 Medi-Cal patients in the San Joaquin Valley to find all new doctors. We were curious how that transition happened, so we set out to find out how significant this change was in the healthcare world and how...

Study shows Flame retardants linked to lower child IQ

October 11, 2017
A hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals commonly found in furniture and household products damages children’s intelligence, resulting in loss of IQ points, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. “Despite a series of bans and phase-outs, nearly everyone is still exposed to...

Trumpcare: Is it the Right Treatment for what Ails the American Health Care System?

October 11, 2017
All health care systems must strike a delicate balance between cost, quality and access. While Obamacare focused largely on increasing access to coverage and spreading the cost of illness across the entire population, Trumpcare tips the balance largely in favor of reducing federal spending, at the...