Health Policy and Law Blog
Are you available on Tuesday, February 13, at noon (PST)? If so, book your calendar to attend Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Chancellor Robert Califf’s free lecture on the role of health policy in the era of ubiquitous information.
The digital era has made information about health universally available. At the same time, a major shift in computing has enabled deep measurement and analysis across the spectrum of human biology and clinical information.
When an M.P.H. Won’t Cut It
Graduate Katie Gudiksen focuses on policy for social good
When Katie Gudiksen’s children had grown enough so that she could re-enter the workforce, the Ph.D. in Chemistry-holder wanted a bridge from her previous professional life—working in diagnostics—to a new career path that centered on policy and big-picture thinking.
Katie started her search by looking at various M.P.H. programs, but she soon found that an M.P.H. wouldn’t provide her with the in-depth learning on policy to fuel her career aspirations.
Did you miss the Soaring Drug Prices: Consumer and Clinical Perspectives and Policy Options event?
We’ve got you covered. Watch a video from the event so that you stay informed on discussions around drug pricing—which could become an integral part of your Capstone Project!
On October 9, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 17, which requires pharmaceutical companies to notify the state and health insurers each time they plan to raise the price of a medication by 16 percent or more over two years. And, interestingly, each pharma company will need to provide justification for the price hike.
“Californians have a right to know why their medical costs are out of control, especially when pharmaceutical profits are soaring,” Brown told NPR. “This measure is a step at bringing transparency, truth, exposure to a very important part of our lives, that is the cost of prescription drugs.”
Our own academic advisory member Sarah Hooper recently spoke on a GeriPal podcast about her work creating the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic (MLPS) in which law students and faculty provide free legal assistance to low-income older patients at the UCSF Medical Center and at the San Francisco VA.
Hooper, J.D., is also the Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, an interprofessional partnership in education, research, and clinical training and service.
Our very own Dan Dohan, Ph.D., has recently co-authored and published the scholarly article “The Promises of Computational Ethnography: Improving Transparency, Replicability and Validity for Realist Approaches to Ethnographic Analysis.”
This article argues that the advance of computational methods for analyzing, visualizing and disseminating social scientific data can provide substantial tools for ethnographers operating within the broadly realist “normal-scientific tradition” (NST). While computation does not remove the fundamental challenges of method and measurement that are central to social research, new technologies provide resources for leveraging what NST researchers see as ethnography’s strengths (e.g., the production of in-situ observations of people over time) while addressing what NST researchers see as ethnography’s weaknesses (e.g., questions of sample size, generalizability and analytical transparency).
Every day, there’s news coming out of the White House and the Senate floor surrounding healthcare reform, it’s enough to make one’s head spin! News article upon news article fills your inbox with updates, commentary and opinions. Instead of sifting through those emails, head over to the new Health Reform Tracker website.
Born out of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy—the same collaboration that created the Health Policy and Law degree—this website provides the latest information on efforts to modify, repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. Its mission is to delivery in-depth, evidence-based analyses of various proposals, as well as provide a diverse array of stakeholder perspectives on the issues associated with healthcare reform.
Join us on Thursday, August 3 to hear from a diverse group of speakers discussing the proposed Trumpcare.
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 risk of destabilizing insurance markets and increasing costs for older and sicker individuals.
Current HPL student and Health Policy Specialist at Elation Health Leona Rajaee talks about why she chose this master’s degree, her experience with fellow students so far and her Capstone Project: If Direct Primary Care has an affect on the cost, quality and access to primary care.
Our first graduating class came together on June 7 to celebrate with each other before the full pomp and circumstance was held later that evening at UCSF.
To say that we’re proud of and excited for our graduates is an understatement. We can’t wait to see the amazing positive change that they’ll bring to our health care system. Look out world, here they come!
Current HPL student and Clinical Technician at UCSF Nauvanie Xavier talks about why she chose this master’s degree, her experience with fellow students so far and her Capstone Project: Regulation of the health care workforce and patient safety.
With a working knowledge of health policy and health law, you are prime for a slew of career options to improve health equity and access. Here is a sample of positions to inspire and inform.… continue reading Infographic: Career Outcomes Post-HPL
Join us on Thursday, May 25 to hear from our own Jaime King on the topic of Medicaid. She’ll be presenting alongside Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., the Harold and Jane Hirsch Professor of Health Law and Policy and founding chair of the Department of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.
WONDERING WHAT THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE?
With the fully online Masters of Health Policy and Law, you can study whenever, wherever to fit your busy schedule. Peek inside the online learning interface and see how this degree can prepare you for numerous healthcare positions.
Promoting Health at the Root Level
Eugenia Bowman, Class of 2018, is defining a model that starts at the community and works its way up
Access to health care.
Access to affordable health care.
Access to affordable health care at the community level.
Social determinants of health.
Who can make that happen?
Eugenia Bowman is on a mission to create a working model that brings together key stakeholders to raise the level of health at the community level. Harnessing her 30 years of volunteering, fundraising and philanthropy experience, Bowman is on the path to realizing that model, thanks to the Health Policy and Law degree. I recently sat down with the enthusiastic 2018 graduate to understand more about this complicated model that serves as her capstone project.
WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?
Enrollment advisers Mariam Rahimi and Ashley Clemens break down the application process and provide tips on how to ask for letters of recommendation, craft your statement of purpose and come up with ideas for your capstone project.
Current students, prospective students, faculty and staff came together for our second-annual mixer on Monday evening, April 24.
Inside the cozy UCSF Faculty Alumni House, current students joyfully met each other for the first time. Prospective students got caught up in their excitement, asking questions about their experiences and what they’re learning. Faculty and staff happily answered students’ questions while partaking in a wide selection of appetizers and beverages.
Addressing the rapt crowd, Dan Dohan offered up remarks on the origins of the degree and how it has evolved since inception—thanks in no small part to our current cohort! Jaime King spoke next, illuminating three extremely fascinating capstone project topics—from changing legislation to bringing health access to the smallest community. Check back in the coming days for video footage of these remarks. But for now, peruse our photo gallery from the night’s festivities!
… continue reading Photo Gallery: The HPL 2017 Mixer!
Meet current students in the program and faculty and staff to learn first-hand how this degree can help you achieve your goals. Dan Dohan, professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF, will provide opening remarks about the origins and inspirations of this degree, as well as the experience thus far. Other faculty members will be on hand to illuminate career paths and opportunities in this field.
UCSF Faculty Alumni House
745 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure you register for this Wednesday, April 26, free event from Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF.
WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A STUDENT IN HPL?
In this recent Q&A with HPL associate director and professor Greggory Cochran, he illuminates the academic experience current HPL students are enjoying. This includes taking courses in the online environment, working on their capstones, creating a healthy work/life/study balance and much more!
Your statement of purpose demonstrates to the admissions committee who you are as a person, your achievements thus far and the promise you hold for your future. To help you think about what you should include in your statement of purpose, here are a list of questions you can address in your statement:
The latest healthcare news from The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition
Your inbox and newsfeed are quite possibly teeming with articles on last night’s Oscars wins, snubs and flubs. And that’s on top of the news alerts about the latest changes in healthcare policy.
Your time is valuable—so here’s a breakdown of what made health news in the past month, courtesy The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition, a nonprofit website run by one of HPL’s founders.
Looking forward to practicing psychiatry and advocating for mental health reform
- Medical relief in Tanzania in 2007 = commitment to a healthy population
- Involvement with Teach for America and AmeriCorps, while teaching science courses to underserved high school students in South Central L.A. = interest piqued in policy
It was these two defining life experiences that spurred Marielle Reataza to complete her medical degree from UC Irvine. But when a chronic-illness diagnosis forced her to rethink pursuing a demanding medical career, Reataza turned inward to discover her calling: “I wanted to go back to health policy, but I didn’t know how to go about it,” she recalls. “There wasn’t really anyone I could turn to to talk about health policy.”
Learn more about the legal and medical implications from this legislation
Watch the video above from a recent lecture with HPL’s own Sarah Hooper, as well as Lael Duncan, M.D., who talked about some common myths about the act’s implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience.
Sarah Hooper, J.D., is the executive director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and adjunct professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.
Lael Duncan, M.D., is the medical director of consulting services for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a statewide collaborative effort dedicated to promoting high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life.
Wondering what the first cohort of students looks like?
Our inaugural class is a healthy mix of working professionals who aspire to make a positive impact on healthcare and policy. Scroll on to see the general makeup, where they come from, what they want to study and where they want to go.… continue reading Meet the First Incoming Class
The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy is a dynamic collaboration designed to serve tomorrow’s interdisciplinary professionals
In 2009, the United States was embroiled in a national effort to reform healthcare sparked by President Obama’s campaign to pass the Affordable Care Act. For months on end, news reports and public debates were dominated by passionate advocates trying to overhaul patient care. In this hot climate of health policy discussion, UC Hastings and UCSF launched a joint venture to facilitate and foster interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare.
Election day is rapidly approaching!
If you are still trying to wade through many of the issues facing California voters this November, here are some resources from UC Hastings and the Source on Healthcare Price and Competition:
Changes in cognitive functioning often raise thorny legal issues, which are the subject of both study and service at the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium.
Recent discoveries in neuroscience and advances in technology for monitoring the brain’s activity are having an immense impact on fields like education, psychology and medicine. Even in the law, insights from new brain studies are reshaping how we address mental capacity in the process of aging, the rights of neuro-diverse individuals and translating scientific findings in courtrooms. At the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, research and clinical practice related to brain health has become a core focus.
“There’s a recognition that we don’t know as much as we should about arguably the most important organ in our body, so there is a concerted push for research in this area that you can see in the Obama administration’s BRAIN Initiative and other programs,” said Consortium Executive Director Sarah Hooper. “Our work in this field asks: How do we translate these findings into law, clinical care and policy? How do we ensure that healthcare and social systems meet the needs of cognitively impaired individuals? What is the right balance between autonomy and protection for these groups?”
A one-of-a-kind website demystifies the shadowy realm of healthcare pricing and competition.
In 2015, healthcare expenditures in the United States exceeded $3 trillion, a whopping 17 percent of gross domestic product and the highest price tag in the world by 50 percent or more, according to a recent Commonwealth Fund report. There’s no easy fix. But UC Hastings’ Jaime S. King and Anne Marie Helm aim to make a difference by documenting the complex forces driving healthcare costs on the independent, nonprofit website The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition.
“We want The Source to be a catalyst for change—a one-stop shop for information that can help people see the bigger picture, whether they’re doing research, drafting policy, working on litigation, or are just curious about our incredibly complicated and dysfunctional healthcare system,” said King, co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and the site’s executive editor.
In its efforts to demystify the space created by the intersection of health and law, UC Hastings has established itself as a thought leader in the field.
Editor’s note: This post is penned by our very own Professor Jaime S. King, who is co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy; the executive editor of “The Source for Competitive Healthcare” blog; and the co-director of the Concentration on Law and Health Sciences.
During the course of our lives, we all need the healthcare system. Most of us were born in a hospital, and most of us will die under medical supervision. Accidents happen, children get sick and our parents grow older. Yet providing quality healthcare at affordable prices has become one of the most elusive political, economic and legal issues of our time. … continue reading Health, Science and the Law—Transforming Healthcare
In late July, recently admitted HPL students joined faculty and staff, as well as practicing attorneys from sponsoring firm Nossaman, LLP (San Francisco). The first cohort in the new HPL degree mixed and mingled—some swapping information to create study groups! Faculty members Dan Dohan, professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF, Jaime King (professor and co-director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Science, Law and Health Policy) and Gregg Cochran—associate director of the degree and Of Counsel at Nossaman—led the festivities, answering the incoming class’ questions and sharing in the overall buzz and excitement about the new opportunities this degree will afford.
Check out some great pics from the event! … continue reading HPL Mixer Hosts First Cohort of Students
HOW CAN I DRIVE HEALTHCARE FORWARD?
In this recent Q&A with Greggory Cochran, he breaks down the numerous job opportunities available after graduation, the state of the healthcare in the U.S. and much more. Having served as an E.R. physician and now a lawyer at Nossaman LLP, Cochran brings valuable cross-disciplinary insights and real-world examples to the classroom. He’s fully entrenched in the legal aspects of healthcare policy, and can see changes to healthcare through the lens as a clinician. Have a look to find out where this degree can take you:
WHY IS THIS DEGREE SO NEEDED IN OUR CURRENT HEALTHCARE CLIMATE?
Learn about the UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law new online degree, Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law. This new degree connects medical practitioners with legal professionals to create a dynamic learning environment. Learn to critically assess legal, policy and social challenges affecting the U.S. health care system. Have a look:
WHAT WILL MY ONLINE COURSE LOOK LIKE?
Here’s a sneak-peak into one of the many online formats used in the HPL. In this video, Professor Gregg Cochran gives an overview of the nation’s healthcare system and the laws that underly how healthcare is provided. This 10-minute video is just one of many learning segments as you progress through your course. And because the videos are short yet chock-full of knowledge, you can squeeze these assignments into your busy working schedule. Have a look:
UC HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW’ DEAN FAIGMAN POINTS TO NUMEROUS CAREER PATHS
Advances in health policy and law do not happen in a vacuum. Professionals from the medical and legal fields must interact with each other, but more often than not, they don’t speak each other’s languages. To understand the complexities of health law and policy, you must have this “multilingual” skillset.
David Faigman knows the importance of speaking the language of health, health policy and health law. Originally working toward a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Virginia, Faigman took his M.A. in Psychology and switched gears to earn a J.D. “I decided to be “primarily a lawyer-psychologist rather than a psychologist-lawyer,” Faigman says, “but I learned the language of science and of statistics.” Understanding the language of health and the language of law is a crucial skill that Faigman believes is necessary for tomorrow’s professional.… continue reading HPL Offers Endless Career Opportunities
BRINGING MEDICAL, LEGAL BACKGROUNDS TO INFORM HIS STUDENTS
“I decided this is the thing I want to do next in my career in health care and health care law: Teaching about the issues that I am interested in and know quite a bit about, having worked in both the provider and legal sides of the health care industry.”
That’s putting it quite mildly. Professor R. Gregory “Gregg” Cochran, originally of Atlanta, brings his extensive experience as an E.R. doctor and law-firm partner to the classroom, providing valuable cross-disciplinary insights and real-world examples to illuminate the curriculum. … continue reading Meet Associate Director R. Gregory “Gregg” Cochran
We know that balancing a full time job while pursuing a Master’s degree can be hard work. Yet rather than taking time away from your job, online degrees provide a unique opportunity to continue your career path, apply classroom learning directly to your job and earn an income—all from anywhere in the world. It’ll take some effort, so to help you along we’ve put together a list to help you navigate the program and succeed in online learning.… continue reading 9 Tips to Succeed in Online Learning
As part of your application, you will need to identify a topic for your capstone project. The courses you take will inform and help you refine your project so you’re ready to present it as part of your final examination. If you already have a topic in mind, great! If you’re not sure where to start, rely on your professional experiences and career aspirations to guide you.
Here are some tips to kick-start your thought process:… continue reading Developing Your Capstone Project