Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "Prescription Drug Reimbursement as Innovation Incentive" Rachel Sachs is an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center. She earned her…

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Health Law Workshop: Liran Einav

Monday, February 09, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "The Response of Drug Expenditure to Non-Linear Contract Design: Evidence from Medicare Part D" (co-authors, Amy Finkelstein and Paul…

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SAVE THE DATE: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015

At our Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review, we will welcome experts discussing major developments during 2014 and what to watch…

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Health Law Workshop: Leemore Dafny

Monday, November 10, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "More Insurers Lower Premiums: Evidence from Initial Pricing in the Health Insurance Marketplaces" (co-authors, Jonathan Gruber and Christopher Ody)…

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Costs Can Go Up Fast When E.R. Is in Network but the Doctors Are Not

New York Times, September 28, 2014
by Elizabeth Rosenthal

[...] Patients have no choice about which physician they see when they go to an emergency room, even if they have the presence of mind to visit a hospital that…

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Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home

New York Times, September 25, 2014
by Nina Bernstein

[...] While Joseph Andrey’s daughter battled the health care system, a national panel appointed by the federally funded Institute of Medicine was preparing a sweeping critique of how the system handles just…

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HHS: Health Law Brings Down Hospitals’ Uncompensated Care Costs

Kaiser Health News, September 25, 2014

As part of a report released Wednesday, Obama administration officials cited evidence that hospitals are projected to save $5.7 billion in uncompensated care costs as previously uninsured patients gain coverage through the health law. The…

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Obamacare’s Small Business Exchanges Offer Cheaper Health Coverage, Study Shows

Washington Post, September 24, 2014
by J.D. Harrison

During the lead-up to the rollout of the health care law a year ago, President Obama was adamant that new insurance marketplaces for small businesses would provide a start-to-finish online…

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Health Policy & Administration Assistant Professor

Health Policy & Administration Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences, DePaul University

Deadline: November 15, 2014

A tenure-track assistant professor position is available in the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University starting September 2015. The successful candidate will be broadly trained in health policy and administration or…

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F.T.C. Wary of Mergers by Hospitals

New York Times, September 17, 2014
by Robert Pear

As hospitals merge and buy up physician practices, creating new behemoths, one federal agency is raising a lonely but powerful voice, suggesting that consumers may be victimized by the trend…

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A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick

ProPublica, September 17, 2014
by Charles Ornstein

Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say…

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No Time To See The Doctor? Try A Virtual Visit

Kaiser Health News, September 16, 2014
by Anna Gorman

Patients looking for convenient medical appointments can now see UCLA Health System doctors using their cell phones, computers or tablets. It’s part of an ongoing effort at UCLA and elsewhere…

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Fate of Children’s Insurance Program Is Called Into Question at Senate Hearing

New York Times, September 16, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

A Senate hearing on Tuesday set the stage for a coming debate over whether the federal government should continue financing a popular health insurance program for lower-income children who are…

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Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

NPR, September 15, 2014
by Richard Harris

[...] Most of the experimental ALS drugs, it turns out, undergo very perfunctory testing in animals before moving into human tests — based on flimsy evidence. Story Landis, director of…

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Maker of Hepatitis C Drug Strikes Deal on Generics for Poor Countries

New York Times, September 15, 2014
by Gardiner Harris

The maker of one of the costliest drugs in the world announced on Monday that it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic drug makers to sell lower-cost versions of…

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Subsidy Formula Makes Some Policies Costlier for the Young

Philadelphia Inquirer , September 14, 2014
by Robert Calandra

Young adults are paying as much or more in premiums for the cheapest bronze plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act marketplace as people ages 54 to 64, according to…

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Flaw In Federal Software Lets Employers Offer Plans Without Hospital Benefits, Consultants Say

Kaiser Health News, September 12, 2014
by Jay Hancock

A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law’s toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such…

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Measuring the Impact of States’ Obamacare Decisions

Washington Post, September 11, 2014
by Jason Millman

The early story of the Affordable Care Act can be challenging to generalize sometimes because so much of it depends on decisions made at the state level — both before…

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Obamacare Has Reduced the Uninsured Rate for Virtually Everyone - Except Kids

Washington Post, September 9, 2014
by Jason Millman

By now, the evidence seems pretty clear that Obamacare has reduced the ranks of the uninsured across virtually every demographic since the start of the law's coverage expansion in January. Except for…

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HLS Students: Join the American Health Lawyers’ Association

Petrie-Flom Center, September 4, 2014

The Petrie Flom Center and Harvard Law School are proud members of the American Health Lawyers' Association (AHLA) School Alliance program. This program offers a host of benefits, including: Electronic…

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Doctors Are Shifting Their Business Models

Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2014
by Lisa Zamosky

[...] Being a doctor in private practice today is more complicated than it used to be, with growing financial pressures, more government regulation, greater oversight by insurers, rapid developments in…

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The Obscure Part of Obamacare That Takes On Executive Pay

Washington Post, August 27, 2014
by Jason Millman

We all know Obamacare is a pretty big law, with plenty of obscure provisions that don't get much attention. For one, the law targets big executive pay packages at health…

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New Head of Healthcare.gov is Connecticut’s Counihan

Kaiser Health News, August 26, 2014
by Jeff Cohen

Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut's health insurance marketplace, will be the new CEO of healthcare.gov, the website that 36 states use to sell insurance under the Affordable Care Act,…

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In Study, Questions About Who Should Perform In-Office Surgeries

Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2014
by Shefali Luthra

One of the hopes embedded in the health law was to expand the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in addressing the nation’s shortage of primary care providers. But…

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Medicare to Start Paying Doctors Who Coordinate Needs of Chronically Ill Patients

New York Times, August 16, 2014
by Robert Pear

In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care.…

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16% Of Large Employers Plan To Offer Low-Benefit ‘Skinny’ Plans Despite ACA: Survey

Kaiser Health News, August 13, 2014
by Jay Hancock

Nearly one company in six in a new survey from a major employer group plans to offer health coverage that doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's requirements for value and…

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Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO:

BBC News, August 12, 2014

The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths - more than 1,000 people have died in West Africa. The…

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Washington’s $10 Billion Search For Health Care’s Next Big Ideas

Kaiser Health News, August 11, 2014
by Jay Hancock

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to mend what President Barack Obama called a broken health care system, but its best-known programs — online insurance and expanded Medicaid for the…

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Oracle sues Oregon over botched Obamacare exchange

LA Times, August 9, 2014
by Maeve Reston

The legal battle over Oregon's dysfunctional health insurance exchange officially began this week when Oracle Corp. sued the state agency operating the exchange, alleging breach of contract and accusing Gov. John Kitzhaber…

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In Ambitious Bid, Walmart Seeks Foothold in Primary Care Services

New York Times, August 7, 2014
by Rachel Abrams

Welcome to Walmart. The nurse will be right with you. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering…

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California Experiments With Fast-Tracking Medical School

NPR, August 7, 2014
by Pauline Bartolone

Some doctors in the state of California will soon be able to practice after three years of medical school instead of the traditional four. The American Medical Association is providing…

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Health Law Calls For Some Workers To Be Automatically Enrolled In Coverage

Kaiser Health News, August 5, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

Newly hired employees who don’t sign up for health insurance on the job could have it done for them under a health law provision that may take effect as early…

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Cleveland’s Early Medicaid Expansion Paying Off

Kaiser Health News, August 5, 2014
by Sarah Jane Tribble

Carmen Smith remembers the day about a year ago she gained Medicaid coverage. "It was like Christmas Day, it was like getting a gift from Santa Claus!" she says. "People…

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Florida’s Largest Health Insurer Is Raising Exchange Rates An Average Of 17.6 Percent

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, is increasing premiums by an average of 17.6 percent for its Affordable Care Act exchange plans next year, company officials say. The nonprofit…

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Senate OK’s $16b spending bill to improve VA health system

Boston Globe, August 1, 2014
by Matthew Daly

WASHINGTON — Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate easily…

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Ebola crisis:

BBC News, August 1, 2014

The head of the World Health Organization and leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a new $100m (£59m; 75m euro) response plan. They…

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Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

NPR, July 31, 2014
by Julie Rovner

An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately…

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6 States, D.C. Extending Medicaid Pay Raise Next Year To Primary Care Doctors

Kaiser Health News, July 31, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors, which was a key…

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Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

Washington Times, July 29, 2014
by Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal scholars say origination clause challenges, historically, have been a tough sell in the courts. Indeed, it is “very rarely litigated,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health expert at Harvard…

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Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

Washington Times, July 29, 2014
by Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] Legal scholars say origination clause challenges, historically, have been a tough sell in the courts. Indeed, it is “very rarely litigated,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health expert at Harvard…

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Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal To Overhaul VA Health Care

Kaiser Health News, July 29, 2014

The overhaul makes it easier for veterans who have to wait a long time to see a VA doctor to get care from a private doctor's office. It also includes…

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Good News for Boomers:

Kaiser Health News, July 28, 2014
by Julie Rovner

Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half the health program for seniors and the disabled, won’t run out of money until 2030, the program’s trustees said Monday. That’s…

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New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

NPR, July 28, 2014
by Amanda Aronczyk

[...] Now Encarnacion lives in a studio apartment, which she has decorated with stuffed animals and Christmas lights. And though the place is small, she likes to think of it…

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Study Estimates 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University, published Wednesday in…

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Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

NPR, July 23, 2014
by Charles Ornstein

For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned…

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BREAKING — D.C. Circuit strikes down tax credits in federal exchanges

Washington Post, July 22, 2014
by Jonathan H. Adler

This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much awaited opinion in Halbig v. Burwell.  In a 2-1 opinion, the Court held that the Internal Revenue…

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Arkansas Weighs Plan To Make Some Medicaid Enrollees Fund Savings Accounts

Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2014
by Michele Andrews

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don't may have to…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies:

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies:

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That…

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