More mothers breastfeeding after California passed paid leave law, study finds

October 29, 2018
California saw an increase in breastfeeding mothers after passing a 2004 law to provide partially paid leave to new parents, according to a new study from UC San Francisco. The study by Dr. Rita Hamad, professor of health policy at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF, and...

Julia Adler-Milstein receives award for for Health Policy Contribution in Informatics.

October 29, 2018
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is proud to announce the 2018 Signature Award and Leadership Award recipients. The leaders will receive their awards at the AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium, taking place Nov. 3 – 7, in San Francisco. Julia Adler-Milstein will be awarded the Don Eugene...

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...