A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:
2 leading Bay Area children’s hospitals unite for efficiency, San Francisco Chronicle
Improved health care for Bay Area children is the promise of the latest alliance in the hospital industry. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Oakland announced Wednesday a joining of forces that “brings together two leading Bay Area children’s hospitals, strengthening their abilities to meet marketplace expectations, including the Affordable Care Act.”
UCSF’s School of Medicine dean named interim chancellor, San Francisco Chronicle
The UC regents on Thursday appointed an interim chancellor for UC San Francisco. Dr. Sam Hawgood, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, will take over from outgoing Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann on April 1. Desmond-Hellmann announced last month that she was leaving the campus to become chief executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
When doctors had to remove Aaron Loy’s lower legs in November after he contracted meningococcal disease, his parents hoped students at his university would receive protection against it. So far, they’re still waiting. Loy, a promising lacrosse and soccer player at UC Santa Barbara, was the victim of an outbreak of meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection that causes bloodstream infections and meningitis. Meanwhile, across the country at Princeton, eight cases of meningitis B were reported last year. Princeton was given special permission to use a new vaccine. Four meningococcal disease cases were reported at UCSB, but the vaccine is not being used there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a team of scientists to study the outbreak in California in December. It recently amended a letter it wrote to the FDA to get special permission to use the unlicensed vaccine to include UCSB students, but permission has not yet been granted.
Big University of California union plans strike vote next month, San Francisco Business Times
AFSCME 3299, which represents nearly 21,000 workers at the University of California, plans a strike vote in mid-February. The union, led by Kathryn Lybarger, will ask 8,300 people in service units to vote on a strike, and will also ask 13,000 other employees it represents to vote on a sympathy strike. The votes will be taken Feb. 11 to 13.
See additional coverage: Los Angeles Times
University of Texas names Clay Johnston as first dean of Dell Medical School (video), Austin American-Statesman
The University of Texas announced Tuesday that a senior official of the University of California, San Francisco, one of the nation’s leading health science centers, has been appointed the first dean of the Dell Medical School. Clay Johnston, 49, associate vice chancellor of research at UCSF, starts in Austin on March 1. His duties include overseeing construction, hiring, curriculum development, admissions and myriad other matters that must be addressed if the school is to enroll its first students in fall 2016 as planned.
See additional coverage: San Francisco Business Times
Patients’ costs skyrocket; specialists’ incomes soar, The New York Times
The incomes of specialists in dermatology, gastroenterology and oncology increased by at least 50 percent between 1995 and 2012. Observers say that some practices, such as performing more services that are particularly lucrative, have led to increases in patients’ medical bills. Dr. Steven Schroeder, a professor at UC San Francisco and the chairman of the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform, is quoted.
Brown highlights ACA, medical research in State of State speech, California Healthline
In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown discussed California’s future health care costs and the state’s booming medical research industry. Brown noted that four of the world’s leading academic bioscience centers are located in California at: UCSF and Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, and UC San Diego.
This program was bigger than Covered California. Why did we ignore it?, California Healthline
More than 625,000 people have enrolled in Covered California, state officials announced on Tuesday. “Milestone enrollment numbers,” blared a press release for the insurance exchange. No other state comes close. So it’s all the more puzzling that nearly no one fussed over another huge figure: the 680,000-plus residents who signed up for the state’s Low Income Health Plan — perhaps the biggest element of Obamacare that got the smallest share of attention. UCLA’s Gerald Kominski and Dylan Roby are quoted.
Dylan Roby, assistant professor of health policy and management at the UCLA School of Public Health, discusses “narrow networks”—the trend by insurance companies to only offer a few health care providers to people enrolling in the Affordable Care Act.
This story about patient-centered medical homes mentions that a study from UCLA and the University of Southern California in 2013 showed success of PCMHs even in an urban, safety-net setting.
UC Berkeley hires Tang Eye Center boss to lead optometry school clinic, San Francisco Business Times
The School of Optometry at UC Berkely chose Christine Wilmer, who runs the Tang Eye Center on campus, to become clinic director and associate dean for clinical affairs starting July 1. To help her get up to speed while current boss Edward Revelli is still on the job, Wilmer will become assistant clinic director March 10 and will step into the top job when Revelli retires at the end of the fiscal year.
Study takes new look at gun access and risk of homicide, suicide, Los Angeles Times
A UC San Francisco analysis of previous studies finds that those with a firearm at hand are almost twice as likely to be killed and three times as likely to kill themselves.
Because of Obamacare, some medical providers are soliciting donations, switching to concierge practices or imposing annual fees, writes columnist David Lazarus. UCLA is mentioned. Read letters to the editor in response to this column.
Feel a little guilty after that doctor’s visit? You’re not alone, The Huffington Post
Half of people feel some level of shame or guilt after visiting the doctor, according to a new study. The most common subjects people feel shame about? Weight and sex, noted researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
Mayer: The voice is delicate, People Magazine
John Mayer acknowledged his throat surgeons while accepting a UCLA Luminary Award on Wednesday night.
Dr. Alex Ortega, a professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and director of the UCLA–USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, is featured in this report about the high rates of diabetes in the Latino population, and the center’s efforts to convert local markets in Latino neighborhoods to offer healthy food choices.
This piece reports on a discovery by Dr. Steve Horvath, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, of a “biological clock” embedded in our genomes that allows scientists to accurately gauge the age of diverse organs, tissues and cell types.
This story reports on the FDA limiting acetaminophen dosages in prescription drugs. Dr. Ronald Busuttil, executive chair of the surgery department and chief of UCLA’s division of liver and pancreas transplantation, is interviewed.
Dr. Donald Morton dies at 79; melanoma expert pioneered a cancer technique, The New York Times
An obituary remembering the life of Dr. Donald Morton, a renowned cancer surgeon and researcher who in the 1970s, while working as chief of surgical oncology and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, helped develop the sentinel lymph node evaluation, which saves the U.S. health care system more than $3.8 billion per year in the treatment of melanoma and breast cancer, as well as preventing countless unnecessary surgeries. Morton completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and received his medical degree from UC San Francisco.
Inside Medicine: Accuracy is elusive when it comes to providing a prognosis, The Sacramento Bee
Michael Wilkes, a professor of medicine at UC Davis, writes in his column that despite medical advancements in understanding the mechanisms of many diseases and in understanding disease patterns, doctors still do poorly when providing patients with an accurate prognosis.