2017-2018 Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship
Harvard Law School

Deadline: August 11, 2017

The deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship is now closed.  The Center and Student Fellowship. The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary… Read More

In Monumental Policy Shift, Administration Paves Way For States To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements

Kaiser Health News, January 11, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Adding a work requirement to Medicaid would mark one of the biggest changes to the program since its inception… Read More

An ‘unsustainable’ model

STAT, January 11, 2018
by Helen Branswell

Every few years an alarming disease launches a furious, out-of-the-blue attack on people, triggering a high-level emergency response. SARS. The H1N1 flu pandemic. West Nile and Zika. The nightmarish West… Read More

What if CHIP Funds Run Out? Here’s What 6 Families Would Do

New York Times, January 10, 2018
by Fahima Haque

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, covers nearly nine million children whose parents earn too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford other coverage. But the program,… Read More

Trump administration halts ‘evidence-based’ program that evaluates behavioral health therapies

STAT, January 10, 2018
by Sharon Begley

The Trump administration has abruptly halted work on a highly regarded program to help physicians, families, state and local government agencies, and others separate effective “evidence-based”… Read More

HHS Nominee Vows To Tackle High Drug Costs, Despite His Ties To Industry

Kaiser Health News, January 9, 2018
by Emmarie Huetteman

[...] Alex M. Azar II, the former president of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, presented himself as a “problem solver”… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumna Emily Largent

Petrie-Flom Center, January 9, 2018

Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN, was Peter Barton Hutt Student Fellow during the 2014-2015 academic year, while a second-year law student at Harvard Law School. Then-Academic Fellow Matthew Lawrence and… Read More

Cops, Docs, and Code: A Dialogue between Big Data in Health Care and Predictive Policing

UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 51, No. 437, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Harry Graver

Abstract: “Big data” has become the ubiquitous watchword of this decade. Predictive analytics, which is something we want to do with big data -- to use of electronic algorithms to forecast… Read More

Drug Policy: The Year In Review, And The Year Ahead

Health Affairs Blog, January 4, 2018
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  Last year was an unquestionably busy time for health care news of all kinds. Media and policy coverage rightly focused on the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but… Read More

Long-Term Solution For CHIP Funding On Docket As Congress Returns To Jam-Packed Schedule

Kaiser Health News, January 2, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Right before the Christmas break, Congress plowed $3 billion into the Children's Health Insurance… Read More

India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans

Foreign Policy, January 2, 2018
by Daniel Block, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  Medical tourism thus presents both opportunities and risks. At its best, the industry can help India grow its health care system, using the revenues generated from international… Read More

This old drug was free. Now it’s $109,500 a year.

The Washington Post, December 18, 2017
by Carolyn Y. Johnson, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: But the price has been on a roller coaster in recent years — zooming from a list price of $50 for a bottle of 100 pills in the early 2000s up to $13,650 in 2015, then plummeting… Read More

Scholars Strategy Network 2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Scholars Strategy Network

Deadline: February 23, 2018

The Scholars Strategy Network is opening applications for the second cohort of its two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to support early-career scholars in any discipline who wish to engage in research and… Read More

Researchers Gather Health Data For ‘All Of Us’

NPR, December 31, 2017
by Richard Harris

Federal taxpayers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a quest for blood samples, medical information and fitness readouts from a million Americans. It's called the All of Us precision… Read More

Trump Administration Relaxes Financial Penalties Against Nursing Homes

Kaiser Health News, December 31, 2017
by Jordan Rau

The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in… Read More

‘What Are We Going to Do About Tyler?’

ProPublica, December 28, 2017
by Sarah Smith, photos by Mike Belleme

[...] Tyler didn’t fall through any cracks. Mississippi didn’t lose track of him. A review of available records suggests that Mississippi may well have the worst record of any state for prolonged… Read More

Opioid abuse in the U.S. is so bad it’s lowering life expectancy.

Washington Post, December 28, 2017
by Amanda Erickson

For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped. It is not hard to understand why: In 2016, there was a 21 percent rise in the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses,… Read More

E.P.A. Wanted Years to Study Lead Paint Rule. It Got 90 Days.

New York Times, December 27, 2017
by Lisa Friedman

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its nearly 17-year-old standard for dangerous levels of lead in paint and dust within one year,… Read More

Years of Attack Leave Obamacare a More Government-Focused Health Law

New York Times, December 26, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was conceived as a mix of publicly funded health care and privately purchased insurance, but Republican attacks, culminating this month in the death of a mandate… Read More

Communications Associate
Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP)

Deadline: Open until filled.

POSITION SUMMARY                              The Association… Read More

Speed, Safety, and Industry Funding — From PDUFA I to PDUFA VI

The New England Journal of Medicine, December 7, 2017
by Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus), Jerry Avorn, and Aaron S. Kesselheim

From the paper: In August, President Donald Trump signed into law the sixth version of key legislation for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), known as the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI).… Read More

The FDA’s Expedited Programs and Clinical Development Times for Novel Therapeutics, 2012-2016

JAMA, Issue 318, no. 21
by Thomas J. Hwang, Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus), Aaron S. Kesselheim

From the paper: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has 4 expedited programs to speed the development and review of drugs treating serious diseases: (1) priority review leads to FDA review in 6 months… Read More

Will inter partes review speed US generic drug entry?

Nature Biotechnology, Issue 35
by Jonathan J Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus), Reed F Beall & Aaron S Kesselheim

From the paper: Patents are ubiquitous in the pharmaceutical industry and are used by brand-name drug manufacturers to prevent low-cost generic competition and maintain high drug prices. Patents are granted… Read More

Explaining the Absence of Surgical Procedure Regulation

Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol 27, Issue 189
by Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus)

From the paper: Each year in the United States, surgeons perform approximately 64 million surgical procedures, ranging from tooth extraction to open heart surgery.2 Yet, notwithstanding the frequency of… Read More

As List Of Banned Words Sparks Firestorm, HHS Reiterates Support Of ‘Best Scientific Evidence’

Kaiser Health News, December 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The Trump administration informed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies that they… Read More

ACA Outreach Cutbacks, Shorter Enrollment Window Likely To Hurt Vulnerable Populations

Kaiser Health News, December 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The health law sparked some of the biggest gains in coverage for minority populations. But those same populations… Read More

In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court

New York Times, December 17, 2017
by Jan Hoffman

[...] Across the country, tens of thousands of people are dying from abuse of prescription opioids. Here in the capital of the Cherokee Nation, the epidemic is exacting an additional, deeply painful price.… Read More

Easing the Burden on Caregivers

New York Times, December 15, 2017
by Maureen Towey

[...] A new program in Hawaii, the Kupuna Caregivers Act, is designed to help lift some of the burden on people caring for an elderly family member at home by paying them stipends of up to $70 a day.… Read More

Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges

Kaiser Health News, December 15, 2017
by Fred Schulte

Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare. The Houston lab marketed a test to assess how a person’s genes affect tolerance for… Read More

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

ABC News, December 15, 2017
by Josh Cornfield and Sudhin Thanawala, AP

A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued… Read More

Kellyanne Conway leading an ‘opioids cabinet,’ as she assumes more active policy role

STAT, December 14, 2017
by Lev Facher

WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, has been leading weekly meetings at the White House with officials across a dozen federal departments to develop a plan to respond to… Read More

Postdoc in Economics and Management of Innovation
University of Copenhagen

Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Unit for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management, Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen is offering a 3-year position for a postdoc… Read More

Fellowship in Bioethics
Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

Deadline: March 19, 2018

General Description: The Harvard Medical School Fellowship in Bioethics is a one-year, part-time program committed to developing leaders with an expertise in bioethics. The core of the fellowship is a… Read More

Full Professor for Quantitative Methods in Public Health and Health Services Research
UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Tirol, Austria

Deadline: January 31, 2018

General Description: UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology is an accredited private university owned by the Federal State of Tyrol and the University of Innsbruck with… Read More

Call for PhD Applications
Collaborative Research Programme in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), University of Copenhagen

Deadline: Open until filled.

About the programme Supported by a research grant of DKK 35 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the  Collaborative Research Programme in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) will address and… Read More

Encouraging New Uses for Old Drugs

JAMA, December 4, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Paul B. Ginsburg, and Dana P. Goldman

From the paper: US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a new drug typically coincides with a period of patent protection, during which the manufacturer will often apply for additional indications… Read More

Sanofi scandal in the Philippines could spread dangerous mistrust of vaccines

STAT, December 11, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Unfortunately, there are indications that the company, which could use a blockbuster product, should have taken its corporate foot off the gas pedal.  And to restore confidence in… Read More

Regulating Black-Box Medicine

Michigan Law Review, Vol. 116, Issue 3
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the paper: Data drive modern medicine. And our tools to analyze those data are growing ever more powerful. As health data are collected in greater and greater amounts, sophisticated algorithms based… Read More

Blog Contributor
Nursing Clio

Deadline: Open until filled

How to Contribute Want to contribute? We’re eager to include new voices and welcome writing on a wide range of topics. If you would like to write with us, send an email to nursingclio@gmail.com introducing… Read More

2018-2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Deadline: January 12, 2018

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), a multidisciplinary research unit sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School Dean's Office, the Office of Clinical Affairs,… Read More

Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice
Simmons College

Deadline: Open until filled

General Description: Simmons College invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of the inaugural Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice.  While… Read More

2018 Health Law & Policy Summer Internship
Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI)

Deadline: January 27, 2018

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations,… Read More

Deadline Is Friday For Most ACA Insurance Sign-Ups, With Important Exceptions

NPR, December 12, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

Open enrollment on the federal health law's marketplace — HealthCare.gov — ends Friday, and most people who want a plan for next year need to meet the deadline. But some consumers who miss… Read More

Automatic Re-Enrollment Could Leave Customers On Hook To Pay Thousands For Plans They Don’t Want

Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations “It’s as if I went to a Ford dealer to buy a Ford car, and then I get a call from Chevy saying,… Read More

India Bans Condom Ads From Prime-Time TV

New York Times, December 12, 2017
by Jeffrey Gettleman and Suhasini Raj

NEW DELHI — India’s government has declared condom commercials “indecent” viewing for children and restricted them to the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., when relatively few people… Read More

New CDC head faces questions about financial conflicts of interest

Washington Post, December 11, 2017
by Lena H. Sun and Alice Crites

ATLANTA — After five months in office, President Trump’s new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been unable to divest financial holdings that pose potential… Read More

When Buying Prescription Drugs, Some Pay More With Insurance Than Without It

ProPublica, December 9, 2017
by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Katie Thomas, The New York Times

[...] In an era when drug prices have ignited public outrage and insurers are requiring consumers to shoulder more of the costs, people are shocked to discover they can sometimes get better deals… Read More

2017’s Word Of The Year In Health Law And Bioethics: Uncertainty

Health Affairs, December 8, 2017
by Carmel Shachar (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Note: This post is the first in a series of Health Affairs posts from the Sixth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event, held at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. … Read More

Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications
Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL)

Deadline: February 16, 2018

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine and Harvard Medical School invites its 2018 round of applications for postdoctoral… Read More

USDA Opens Door For States To Impose New Rules On Food Stamps

NPR, December 7, 2017
by Grant Gerlock

The delivery of federal food benefits for millions of low-income people is likely to change after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it'll allow states more flexibility in how they… Read More

Tax Bill Is Likely to Undo Health Insurance Mandate, Republicans Say

New York Times, December 6, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators thrashing out differences over a major tax bill are likely to eliminate the insurance coverage mandate at the heart of the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers… Read More

UnitedHealth to Buy Physician Gp. in Latest Move Promising to Shake Up Traditional Health Landscape

Kaiser Health News, December 7, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Following on the heels of the announcement of the proposed CVS-Aetna merger, the deal is the latest to show… Read More

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

ProPublica, December 7, 2017
by by Nina Martin, ProPublica, and Renee Montagne, NPR

[...] In recent years, as high rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. have alarmed researchers, one statistic has been especially concerning. According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S.… Read More

Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018

Washington Post, December 6, 2017
by Jeff Stein

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans will aim next year to reduce spending on both federal health care and anti-poverty programs, citing the need to reduce… Read More

Pace Of U.S. Health Spending Slows In 2016

Kaiser Health News, December 6, 2017
by Phil Galewitz

U.S. health spending rose to $3.3 trillion in 2016, but the pace slowed compared to the previous two years as demand for drugs, hospital care and physician services weakened, according to a federal… Read More

Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix

Kaiser Health News, December 6, 2017
by Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth and Daniel Trielli

[...] Residents of this area visit hospitals for asthma flare-ups at more than four times the rate of people from the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, according to data analyzed by Kaiser Health… Read More

Individual Mandate Repeal Included In Senate Tax Bill Despite Dire Warnings About Market Instability

Kaiser Health News, December 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The House -- which did not include repeal of the individual mandate -- and the Senate still need to reconcile… Read More

If CVS’s $69B Deal To Buy Aetna Holds Up To Federal Scrutiny

Kaiser Health News, December 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Together, the companies touch most of the basic health services that people regularly use, and the merger could… Read More

Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay the price.

Vox, December 4, 2017
by Sarah Kliff

[...] There are 141 million visits to the emergency room each year, and nearly all of them (including Saifan’s) have a charge for something called a facility fee. This is the price of walking… Read More

His Tattoo Said ‘Do Not Resuscitate.’

New York Times, December 4, 2017
by Jacey Fortin

A man in Miami took extra care to make sure his end-of-life medical treatment went according to his wishes: He had the words “do not resuscitate” tattooed on his chest. The black, bold capital… Read More

Woman With Transplanted Uterus Gives Birth, the First in the U.S.

New York Times, December 2, 2017
by Denise Grady

[...] The transplants are now experimental, with much of the cost covered by research funds. But they are expensive, and if they become part of medical practice, will probably cost hundreds of thousands… Read More

GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security

Washington Post, December 1, 2017
by Jeff Stein

High-ranking Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other… Read More

States Sound Warning That Kids’ Health Insurance Is At Risk

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Selena Simmons-Duffin and Ashley Lopez, KUT

This week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.… Read More

Republican Tax Bill Proves Congress Wasn’t Done With Health Policy

Kaiser Health News, December 1, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The GOP tax plan includes a range of health-related provisions -- key among them is language that would eliminate… Read More

The Breakthrough: A Reporter Goes to Ground Zero for Today’s American HIV Epidemic

ProPublica, December 1, 2017
by Joaquin Sapien

A few years ago, freelance journalist Linda Villarosa thought she was done covering HIV. She had accomplished plenty — front page stories for The New York Times, articles in Essence magazine. She… Read More

Euthanasia Law Passes in Australia for First Time

New York Times, December 1, 2017
by Adam Baidawi

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday became the country’s first to legalize assisted dying. After a two and a half years of debate and amendments, Victoria’s… Read More

Manager, Health Policy
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity through technology, grantmaking, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. We look for bold ideas… Read More

Texas parents wait in limbo as policymakers struggle to save Children’s Health Insurance Program

TexasTribune, November 30, 2017
by Matthew Choi and Claire Allbright

It’s been two months since inaction in Congress put health insurance for more than 400,000 Texas children in jeopardy, and for people like Raquel Cruz, the uncertainty is taking a toll.… Read More

How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Samantha Raphaelson

A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise.… Read More

The Health 202

The Washington Post, November 30, 2017
by Paige Winfield Cunninghamm, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: If the opioid epidemic was simply a problem of supply – people being able to access drugs too easily – than a targeted new effort in Appalachia announced… Read More

Call for Papers on the History of Public Health
Public Health Reports

Deadline: Various

Call for Papers on the History of Public Health: Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the Journal, Public Health Reports Public Health Reports (PHR) invites submitted articles on the general topic of the… Read More

Research Fellow
Center for Public Health Law, Temple University

Deadline: Open until filled (rolling admissions)

The Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) supports the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of law on health. The Center works by developing… Read More

AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER: Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics

Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, March 2018
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (former Executive Director), Urs Gasser, and Effy Vayena

About the Book: When data from all aspects of our lives can be relevant to our health - from our habits at the grocery store and our Google searches to our FitBit data and our medical records - can we… Read More

Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Jenny Gold

It has been nearly a decade since Congress passed the Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act, with its promise to make mental health and substance abuse treatment just as easy to get as care… Read More

Hospital Improperly Billed Patients For Rape Exams, Says New York Attorney General

NPR, November 28, 2017
by Laurel Wamsley

An investigation by New York's attorney general found that the Brooklyn Hospital Center improperly billed dozens of patients for the cost of forensic rape exams. The exams, known as rape kits, are… Read More

A Hospital Charged $1,877 to Pierce a 5-Year-Old’s Ears. This Is Why Health Care Costs So Much.

ProPublica, November 28, 2017
by Marshall Allen

[...] Surgical ear piercings are rare, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit that maintains a database of commercial health insurance claims. The institute could only find a few dozen… Read More

FDA-Approved Digital Pill Causes Concerns

KJZZ Radio, November 28, 2017
by Steve Goldstein, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The first so-called digital pill has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s a version of the antipsychotic drug Abilify and contains a tiny sensor that will send a signal to a patch… Read More

Heated And Deep-Pocketed Battle Erupts Over 340B Drug Discount Program

Kaiser Health News, November 28, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble

A 25-year-old federal drug discount program has grown so big and controversial that it faces a fight for survival as federal officials and lawmakers furiously debate the program’s reach. The program,… Read More

Germ-Line Gene Editing and Congressional Reaction in Context

Journal of Law and Health, Vol. 30 (2017), Issue 1
by Russell A. Spivak, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Eli Y. Adashi

Abstract: On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a policy rider forestalling the therapeutic modification of the human germ line. The rider, motivated by the science’s potential unethical… Read More

Federal Tax Plan Could Cause Problems For Puerto Rico’s Medical Manufacturers And Hurricane Recovery

NPR, November 27, 2017
by Greg Allen and Marisa Penaloza

[...] after Hurricane Maria, manufacturers in Puerto Rico are now facing what some are calling a potential man-made disaster. It's a provision in the tax bill that recently passed the House that would… Read More

Colorado Warns Residents Congress Is About to Let Children’s Health Insurance Funding Run Out

Slate, November 27, 2017
by Ben Mathis Lilley

Colorado has notified residents that the federally funded Children's Health Insurance Program will shut down in early 2018 if Congress doesn't act to renew funding that expired on Sept. 30; the… Read More

Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage

New York Times, November 27, 2017
by Gina Kolata

Eager to speed development of revolutionary treatments, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it would expedite approval of experimental gene therapies. But the regulatory process may… Read More

Veterans are key as surge of states okay medical pot for PTSD

STAT, November 26, 2017
by Associated Press

[...] Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled in the last two years, according to data compiled by the… Read More

44 state attorneys general want repeal of law that curbed DEA powers

Washington Post, November 14, 2014
by Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham

Forty-four state attorneys general asked Congress on Tuesday to repeal a law that effectively strips the Drug Enforcement Administration of potent weapons against large drug companies that have allowed… Read More

The Debate over Postmortem Sperm Retrieval of Fallen Soldiers

Jerusalem Post, November 22, 2017
by Avishalom Westreich (Visiting Scholar Alumnus)

This essay is based in part on the workshop the Petrie-Flom Center hosted on October 23, 2017, in which then-Visiting Scholar Avishalom Westreich presented his research-in-progress to a diverse group of… Read More

Digital pill offers chance of new life to old drugs

Financial Times, November 22, 2017
by FT Staff, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Amid broader concerns about how medical information may be used, Proteus says that its product complies with “all applicable laws and standards” on data protection. Patients… Read More

Murkowski, A Key GOP Swing Vote, Signals Support For Repealing Individual Mandate

Kaiser Health News, November 22, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Murkowski, A Key GOP Swing Vote, Signals Support For Repealing Individual Mandate A spokesperson for Sen. Lisa… Read More

Years Before Heading Offshore, Herpes Researcher Experimented On People In U.S.

Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2017
by Marisa Taylor

From the article: Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law, a Kaiser Health News… Read More

Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure

Associated Press, November 21, 2017
by Stephen Braun

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical… Read More

What The Industry Knew About Sugar’s Health Effects, But Didn’t Tell Us

NPR, November 21, 2017
by Allison Aubrey

Back in the 1960s, the fact that our diets influence the risk of heart disease was still a new idea. And there was a debate about the role of fats and the role of sugar. The sugar industry got involved… Read More

Displaced Puerto Ricans Face Obstacles Getting Health Care

Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2017
by Paula Andalo

From the article: The federal government has granted people affected by the devastating hurricanes that wracked coastal states and Puerto Rico 15 extra days to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable… Read More

Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments

New York Times, November 20, 2017
by Katie Hafner and Griffin Palmer

From the article: The New York Times analyzed Medicare billing data for dermatology from 2012 through 2015, as well as a national database of medical services maintained by the American Medical Association… Read More

Harvard Forum: Should Older Politicians And Judges Be Tested For Mental Decline?

WBUR, November 17, 2017
by Carey Goldberg, describing the "Dementia and Democracy" event

This article describes the event "Dementia and Democracy: America's Aging Judges and Politicians," held on November 15, 2017 at Harvard Law School.  The speculation spreads every… Read More

Marketplace Would Be Fundamentally Rocked With Repeal Of Individual Mandate

Kaiser Health News, November 16, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Media outlets offer a look at what would happen to the Affordable Care Act exchanges if lawmakers include repeal… Read More

Threat To Medicare Funding In GOP Tax Plan Roils Capitol Hill

Kaiser Health News, November 16, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The tax bill, a priority for the Republican majority in Congress, would likely raise the deficit and that would… Read More

A patent ploy

The Economist, November 16, 2017
by Economist Staff, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: [...] The Mohawk tribe argues that it should be treated the same as a state institution. State universities have used sovereign immunity to dismiss challenges brought to the Patent… Read More

First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’

New York Times, November 13, 2017
by Pam Belluck, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine. The approval,… Read More

Are There Non-human Persons? Are There Non-person Humans?

TEDx Cambridge, October 12, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

If we want to live a moral life, how should we treat animals or complex artificial intelligence? What kinds of rights should non-humans have? Harvard Law Professor and world-renowned bioethics expert Glenn… Read More

FASPE Summer Ethics Fellowship for Law Students and Recent Graduates
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Law

Deadline: January 11, 2018

FASPE Law (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Law) is a fully-funded two-week summer program that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point… Read More

Ohio’s Drug-Pricing Ballot Question Triggers Voter Confusion

Kaiser Health News, November 7, 2017
by By Shefali Luthra, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Drug pricing is complex and already has caused head-scratching among policymakers and academics, noted Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis,… Read More

Associate Professor in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL)
Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Deadline: December 04, 2017

General Description The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a position as Associate Professor in Biomedical Innovation Law. The position includes research-, teaching-… Read More

Deputy Director of new Collaborative Research Programme in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL)
Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Deadline: December 04, 2017

General Description The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen hereby invites applications for the position as Deputy Director of a new Collaborative Research Programme in Biomedical Innovation… Read More

Call for Applications: President’s Innovation Challenge
Harvard Innovation Labs

Deadline: January 02, 2018

This opportunity is only open to Harvard students. We are pleased to announce the seventh annual President’s Innovation Challenge for entrepreneurship. Hosted by the Harvard Innovation… Read More

7 ways biopharma would win — and lose — under the new tax bill

STAT News, November 2, 2017
by Rebecca Robbins, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: [...] The drug industry has fiercely defended this tax credit in the past, calling it essential to encourage investment in disease areas where patients have few options — even as… Read More

Call for Submissions: Special Issue “Genetic Discrimination and the Law”
Laws

Deadline: February 05, 2018

Description Genetic science and technology are advancing at a fast pace, with scientists continuing to make genetic discoveries with respect to the make-up of the human body, and the cause and effect of… Read More

NIH Bioethics Fellowship, Post-doctoral and Post-baccalaureate
National Institutes of Health

Deadline: Various.

The Department of Bioethics is pleased to offer a limited number of two-year post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate fellowships. Fellows participate in the activities and the intellectual life of our interdisciplinary… Read More

Clinical Fellow, Environmental Law & Policy Clinic
Harvard Law School

Deadline: Open until filled.

Clinical Fellow, Environmental Law & Policy Clinic Harvard Law School  43890BR Duties & Responsibilities The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School is accepting… Read More

Policy Analyst
School of Public Health, Health Policy & Mgmt at Boston University

Deadline: Open until filled.

POLICY ANALYST, School of Public Health, Health Policy & Mgmt Tracking Code 9098/J2517  Job Description The Policy Analyst supports PEPReC (Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center- U.S.… Read More

Call for Applications: Graduate Fellowship in Ethics 2018-2019
Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Deadline: November 01, 2017

Purpose The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics encourages teaching and research about ethical issues in the professions and public life. Its graduate fellowships support outstanding Harvard… Read More

Talking about Death

Boston Review, October 5, 2017
by Frances Kamm (Senior Fellow Alumna)

From the article: We are now seeing projects directed at the general public asking people to consider how they would like to plan for their demise. Such projects can be very worthwhile, since thinking… Read More

Dickinson Law Professors Named 2017 Health Law Scholars

Penn State Dickinson Law, October 16, 2017
by Featuring Matthew J.B. Lawrence (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: Medha Makhlouf, assistant professor of law and director, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, and Matthew J.B. Lawrence, assistant professor of law, were named 2017 Health Law… Read More

Desperate Quest For Herpes Cure Launched ‘Rogue’ Trial

Kaiser Health News, October 19, 2017
by Marisa Taylor, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: As 20 Americans and Brits flew to a Caribbean island for a controversial herpes vaccine trial, many of them knew there were risks. The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged… Read More

Contraceptive Coverage and the Balance Between Conscience and Access

JAMA, October 19, 2017
by Ronit Y. Stahl and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: When the Obama administration included contraception in the essential benefits package to be covered by employer-sponsored health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, it sought… Read More

Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule May Not Be Such a Big Problem

Physician's Weekly, October 23, 2017
by Physician's Weekly, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Rachel Sachs, J.D., M.P.H., from Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues discussed Medicaid’s “best-price rule” and the extent to which it might frustrate… Read More

Allergan ruling casts doubt on tribal patent strategy

Reuters, October 17, 2017
by Jan Wolfe, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The company said the PTAB proceeding should be terminated because the tribunal did not have jurisdiction over the tribe. Allergan said it wanted to avoid defending the patent in both… Read More

Judge invalidates Allergan patents and criticizes deal with the Mohawks

STAT, October 16, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs

From the article: In a blow to Allergan (AGN), a federal judge invalidated the patents on its Restasis eye treatment, the latest twist in a captivating controversy over the fate of the best-selling medicine.… Read More

Court Finds Restasis Patents Invalid, Raises Concerns About Allergan, Mohawk Tribe Agreement

RAPS, October 16, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: In an 11-page order separate from the one invalidating the Restasis patents for obviousness, US Circuit Judge William Bryson wrote that the court "has serious concerns about the legitimacy… Read More

Ohio Issue 2 ballot initiative proponents overstate impact on EpiPen prices

Politifact, October 13, 2017
by Manuela Tobias, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: In addition to the Medicaid program, the state purchases drugs for state employees, prisons, and other state-run programs, but the campaign was unable to pin down the effect of the initiative… Read More

Call for Abstracts: Public Health Law Conference 2018
The Network for Public Health Law, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Deadline: December 15, 2017

We are accepting abstracts for proposed panels and individual presentations for the 2018 National Public Health Law Conference. We encourage submission of abstracts related to this year's Conference… Read More

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Advanced Biomedical Ethics
Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Deadline: December 04, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Advanced Biomedical Ethics and in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of… Read More

Call for Submissions: Special Journal Issue to honor Professor John Robertson
Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Special Issue to honor Professor John Robertson John Robertson, a giant in the field of law and bioethics, passed away earlier this year. To honor him and his legacy the Journal of Law and the Biosciences is… Read More

Bernard J. Beazley Chair in Health Law and Policy
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Deadline: Open until filled

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a leading urban Jesuit Catholic law school, is currently seeking candidates to fill its chair in health law and policy, named in honor of law school alumnus and… Read More

TEDxCambridge, Featuring Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen

TEDxCambridge, October 12, 2017, Boston Opera House
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

On October 12, 2017, Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen was a distinguished speaker at TedX Cambridge at the Boston Opera House. TEDxCambridge curates one of the largest TEDx conferences in the… Read More

Innovative Contracting for Pharmaceuticals and Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, September 28, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius N. Lakdawalla

From the paper: In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest in novel pricing models that more closely link a drug’s price to its value. Indication-based pricing,… Read More

Mobile Health Innovation and Interagency Coordination

Annals of Health Law, Vol. 26, Issue 22
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper: An app that can tell when a phone’s owner is having a seizure.1 A device that transforms a phone into a mobile EKG machine.2 An app that helps patients track their moles over time—and… Read More

Battle over drug prices shifts back to the states

The Hill, October 11, 2017
by By Rachel Roubein, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: President Trump has derided pharmaceutical companies as “getting away with murder,” but there’s been little action in Washington to rein in the costs of prescription… Read More

Opportunities for Organ Donor Intervention Research

The National Academic Press, October 10, 2017
by By I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and members of the Committee on Issues in Organ Donor Intervention Research

The organ donation and transplantation system strives to honor the gift of donated organs by fully using those organs to save and improve the quality of the lives of their recipients. While most related… Read More

Congress keeps the heat on 340B

Politico, October 10, 2017
by By Sarah Karlin-Smith, citing work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee will probe Wednesday into how hospitals and health clinics participating in the 340B discount drug program are using the… Read More

Organ Donor Research: Overcoming Challenges, Increasing Opportunities

JAMA, October 10, 2017
by James F. Childress, reviewing report co-authored by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: A substantial gap exists between the need for organ transplants and the number of transplants performed each year in the United States. In 2016, 27 630 organs were transplanted… Read More

‘That should be illegal’

Business Insider, October 10, 2017
by By Lydia Ramsey, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Allergan, the drugmaker behind Botox, is using a tricky workaround to protect patents on one of its drugs — and lawmakers aren't exactly happy about it.  The deal, which… Read More

ICER Weekly View 10-06-17

ICER, October 6, 2017
by Mitchell Stein, featuring work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the review: Medicaid’s “best price rule” has long been held up as an obstacle to value pricing – health policy/legal experts take a look and conclude that “the best-price… Read More

Axios Vitals post from October 4

Axios, October 4, 2017
by By Sam Baker, featuring work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post: Medicaid and value-based drug deals: New research casts some doubt on the pharmaceutical industry's claim that Medicaid's "best-price" rule inhibits its ability to create contracts… Read More

Letter to Allergan plc

The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, October 3, 2017
by By Trey Gowdy, Elijah E. Cummings, Dennis A. Ross, and Peter Welch, citing blog post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the letter: On September 8, 2017, your company announced the trans r of six patents related to its Restasis drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe. 1 The unconventional maneuver has received considerable… Read More

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

The Washington Post, September 29, 2017
by By Shefali Luthra, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Critics see these tailored efforts as falling short or potentially opening other loopholes. Requiring companies to report prices past a certain threshold, for example, might encourage… Read More

Summer Ethics Fellowship for Law Students and Recent Graduates
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Deadline: January 11, 2018

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for its 2018 Law program.  FASPE Law is a fully-funded, two-week summer… Read More

Faculty Fellow in Health Law and Intellectual Property
Jaharis Health Law Institute at DePaul University

Deadline: Open until filled.

An endowment at the DePaul University College of Law funds a faculty fellowship program for scholars to create and disseminate scholarship and teach courses where two dynamic legal fields are increasingly… Read More

Harvard Health Law Society Mixer (10/3, 7 PM)
Harvard Law School

Deadline: October 03, 2017

October 3, 7PM - Student Orgs Room (WCC 2063), Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School Come eat Thai food with the Harvard Heath Law Society and learn about health law opportunities at Harvard! If you have… Read More

Paternalism, reasonableness, and neutrality: a response to commentators

Journal of Medical Ethics, September 2017, Vol. 43 No. 9
by Frances Kamm (former Senior Fellow)

From the article (from the commentary on Frances Kamm's earlier article, "Advanced Care and End of Life Care: Some Cautionary Suggestions." I thank the commentators for their consideration of my views… Read More

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics
Princeton University

Deadline: November 13, 2017

General Description: The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying… Read More

Call for Papers: Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat
Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy

Deadline: November 17, 2017

Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy is pleased to announce the Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat, which will be… Read More

Your Money or Your Patient’s Life? Ransomware and Electronic Health Records

Annals of Internal Medicine, September 19, 2017
by By I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Sharona Hoffman, and Eli Y. Adashi

The mugger's demand “Your money or your life” is a familiar one. However, in an era of vast hospital computer networks and electronic health records, a novel risk to worry about is, “Your… Read More

FDA Law SSRN Reading List - August 2017

Objective Intent Blog, September 14, 2017
by By Erika Lietzan, highlighting work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post:  Rachel Sachs, Administering Health Information (forthcoming in Cardozo Law Review).  Professor Sachs (Washington University, in St. Louis) explores the potential for… Read More

FDA Law SSRN Reading List - August 2017

Objective Intent Blog, September 14, 2017
by Erika Lietzan, highlighting work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post:  Rachel Sachs, Administering Health Information (forthcoming in Cardozo Law Review).  Professor Sachs (Washington University, in St. Louis) explores the potential for… Read More

Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine

Deadline: September 30, 2017

General Description: In February 2016, the National Library of Medicine received a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation to support enhanced access to the Michael E. DeBakey Archives… Read More

Fifth National Nursing Ethics Conference Call for Poster Abstracts
Ethics of Caring

Deadline: October 13, 2017

Conference Description: Please consider submitting a poster abstract for review to present at the National Nursing Ethics Conference. The Ethics of Caring is proud to host the fifth National Nursing Ethics… Read More

Bioinformatics and Data Science for Public Health
Silent Spring Institute

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description: Silent Spring Institute seeks a versatile bioinformatician, data scientist, machine learning expert, or statistician to tackle big data problems in environmental health and cancer… Read More

Corporate Paralegal or Junior Attorney (entry level)
Addgene

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Information: Addgene is a thriving, non-profit organization that facilitates biomedical research and discovery. Addgene assists scientists by archiving their plasmid DNA samples and distributing… Read More

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Deadline: November 01, 2017

General Information: The online application system is open from May 1 through November 1 for the fellowship class that begins the following September. We accept online application submissions only. Application… Read More

Why a Drug Company Is Selling Patents to a Native American Tribe

Gizmodo, September 12, 2017
by By Ryan F. Mandelbaum, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] There is concern that this act may be precedent setting, and other companies may also try and transfer patents to Native American tribes to get around these patent lawsuits. Rachel Sachs,… Read More

Call for Papers: 2018 Annual Health Law Conference: Diseases of Despair: The Role of Law and Policy
Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Deadline: November 15, 2017

In 2015, Princeton professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton wrote a groundbreaking paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white, non-Hispanic Americans between 1999… Read More

Allergan’s deal with the Mohawks raises troubling questions about the future of generics

STAT , September 11, 2017
by By Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: [...] Legal experts, however, say that tribal sovereignty may also thwart generic drug makers from filing a conventional lawsuit. If so, the ramifications may be far-reaching and ominous… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumna Sara Abiola

Petrie-Flom Center, September 7, 2017

Sara Abiola, PhD, JD, was a Student Fellow during the 2006-2007 academic year, while a second-year law student and first-year health policy doctoral candidate. As part of the inagural Student Fellow class,… Read More

Influence, integrity, and the FDA: An ethical framework

Science, Sep 1, 2017: Vol. 357, Issue 6354, pp. 876-877.
by Spencer Phillips Hey, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Eli Y. Adashi, & Aaron S. Kesselheim

Summary: Among the core missions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are protecting public health by assuring the safety and efficacy of drugs, biologics, and medical devices and advancing public… Read More

Clinical Ethics Fellowship
Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine

Deadline: November 13, 2017

General Description: This competitive 2-year fellowship offers the opportunity to train with the Center’s nationally renowned faculty and staff who lead premier Clinical Ethics Consultation… Read More

Tenure-Track/Tenured Health Law Position
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Deadline: September 25, 2017

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position. We invite applications from entry-level and experienced scholars. The position… Read More

Artificial wombs are coming. They could completely change the debate over abortion.

Vox, August 23, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: There’s a scientific development on the horizon that could upend the abortion debate: artificial wombs. The research remains preliminary, but in April a group of scientists at the… Read More

Call for Applications: T3/T4 Research Course - Translating Effective Interventions into Practice
Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Deadline: September 22, 2017

This Harvard Catalyst course is open to candidates at Harvard-affiliated instutions. The typical audience includes fellows, post-docs, and junior faculty, and the course has no prerequisites. At a… Read More

Obamacare survives its latest threat: Bare counties

POLITICO Pulse, August 21, 2017
by Dan Diamond, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  Trump quietly signs FDA reauthorization bill. The president didn't hold a signing ceremony on Friday, even though the bill has been one of the few major pieces of legislation… Read More

What you missed while following Charlottesville: The opioid emergency

Axios, August 18, 2017
by Erica Pandey, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The opioid emergency "The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency ... It's a national emergency. We're going to spend a lot… Read More

New Serious Illness Program Design and Implementation Framework

Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), August 17, 2017
by Khue Nguyen, Theresa Schmidt, Robin Whitney, Gary Bacher, Janice Bell, Sibel Ozcelik (Lead Authors)

As part of the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy, the Petrie-Flom Center hosted two convenings on Critical Pathways to Improved Care for Serious Illness.  Through roundtable discussions… Read More

Questions About The FDA’s New Framework For Digital Health

Health Affairs Blog, August 16, 2017
by Nathan G. Cortez, Nicolas Terry, and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In June 2017, the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb pre-announced his agency’s Digital Health Innovation Action Plan that indicates… Read More

How Gene Cloning In Pigs Could Help Humans Fight Disease

Greater Boston (WGBH, Boston), August 15, 2017
by Jim Braude, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

For the next great medical advancement, look not to the test tube, but to the farm. Experiments that were done here in Boston could make it possible to one-day transplant organs from pics into people.… Read More

The One Time Congress Let the Public Comment on an Upcoming Bill

Pacific Standard, August 14, 2017
by Francie Diep, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Congress doesn't typically ask for public comments on the bills it's considering. But, in January of 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee did just that, for a first draft of the 21st… Read More