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
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Please join us for the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review symposium, with leading experts discussing major developments during…

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Costly Hepatitis C Treatments Help Drive 12 Percent Drug Spending Jump

Kaiser Health News, November 20, 2014
by Roni Caryn Rabin

After several years of modest increases, American spending on medications is projected to shoot up by 12 percent this year, pushing the nation’s drug bill to between $375 billion and…

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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care’s Cost

NPR, November 15, 2014
by Sammy Mack

Every hospital has its own master list of charges for different services. Those charges are different from hospital to hospital. But insurance companies don't pay those listed charges. The listed charges are almost…

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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

Download the Presentation Topic Paper: "More Insurers Lower Premiums: Evidence from Initial Pricing in the Health Insurance Marketplaces" (co-authors, Jonathan Gruber…

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Doctors Cash In on Drug Tests for Seniors, and Medicare Pays the Bill

Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014
by Christopher Weaver and Anna Wilde Matthews

Doctors are testing seniors for drugs such as heroin, cocaine and “angel dust” at soaring rates, and Medicare is paying the bill. It is a roundabout result of the war…

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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Kaiser Health News, November 6, 2014
by Martha Bebinger

[...] Websites that mine such data are springing up to fill the void, revealing price tags on everything from an office visit to a cesarean section. But thanks to a law enacted…

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Soda Makers Battle Proposed Taxes In Berkeley, San Francisco

Kaiser Health News, October 29, 2014
by Sarah Varney

Again and again in the United States, anti-obesity crusaders have been stymied wherever they’ve tried to impose new laws on soda sales: in New York, ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to…

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Is the Affordable Care Act Working?

New York Times, October 27, 2014

At its most basic level, the Affordable Care Act was intended to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance. Measured against that goal, it has made considerable progress. A…

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Family Doctors Push For A Bigger Piece Of The Health Care Pie

Kaiser Health News, October 24, 2014
by Lisa Gillespie

Family medicine doctors are joining forces to win a bigger role in health care – and be paid for it. Eight family-physician-related groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians,…

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Paid Summer Internship in Health Services Research

Paid Summer Internship in Health Services Research
Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program, University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: February 01, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) offers paid summer internships for underrepresented minority undergraduates, or any other undergrads interested in exploring the field of health services research.  LDI is…

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Practice Associate

Practice Associate
Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Deadline: December 01, 2014

Overview The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers is a 501c3 that is engaged in a three year Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Demonstration Project. Through the ACO, the Coalition is working to…

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Medical Costs Up to 20% Higher at Hospital-Owned Physician Groups, Study Finds

Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2014
by Chad Terhune

Raising fresh questions about healthcare consolidation, a new study shows hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to 10% to 20% higher costs overall for patient care. The UC…

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How Medicare ‘Self-Referral’ Thrives on Loophole

Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2014
by John Carreyrou and Janet Adamy

Self-referral has become common practice among many U.S. physician groups, which refer anything from lab services to MRIs to entities from which they benefit financially. That wasn’t the intention of…

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits on Medical Treatments

NPR, October 21, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

To clamp down on health care costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are putting limits on how much they'll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements,…

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Prisons Balk at Sovaldi’s $84,000 Cost for Hepatitis C Treatment

San Francisco Chronicle, October 20, 2014
by Stephanie M. Lee and Joe Garofoli

In San Francisco’s jails, no inmates with hepatitis C are receiving Sovaldi, the breakthrough pill that can cure most patients in an unprecedented amount of time. In California’s prisons, the…

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What About Ebola’s Impact on Insurers?

CBS, October 14, 2014
by Bruce Kennedy

Along with all the concerns regarding the ongoing Ebola epidemic, here's one many people probably haven't considered: What about health care and life insurance costs if the disease were to…

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Will ‘Son of Sovaldi’ Cause State Medicaid Programs to Erect High Hurdles?

Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2014
by Ed Silverman

How might state Medicaid programs cope with a new and equally expensive hepatitis C treatment from Gilead Sciences? A new report released just as the FDA late last week approved Harvoni,…

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Got Insurance? You Still May Pay A Steep Price For Prescriptions

Kaiser Health News, October 13, 2014
by Julie Appleby

[...] Even with insurance, some patients are struggling to pay for prescription drugs for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or HIV/AIDS, as insurers and employers shift more of…

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Price Tags on Health Care?

Kaiser Health News, October 9, 2014
by Martha Bebinger

Without much fanfare, Massachusetts launched a new era of health care shopping last week. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s…

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Why Americans are Drowning in Medical Debt

The Atlantic, October 8, 2014
by Olga Khazan

After his recent herniated-disk surgery, Peter Drier was ready for the $56,000 hospital charge, the $4,300 anesthesiologist bill, and the $133,000 fee for orthopedist. All were either in-network under his insurance or…

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Doctors Who Don’t Know How to Talk About Death

The Atlantic, October 7, 2014
by Atul Gawande

I learned about a lot of things in medical school, but mortality wasn’t one of them. Although I was given a dry, leathery corpse to dissect in my first term,…

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Wal-Mart Adds In-Store Program to Help Customers Compare Insurance Offerings

Washington Post, October 6, 2014
by Sarah Halzack

Wal-Mart announced Monday that it will dive deeper into the health-care market, unveiling an initiative to allow customers to compare and enroll in health insurance plans in thousands of its…

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The Cost of Cancer Drugs

60 Minutes, October 5, 2014
by Lesley Stahl

Cancer is so pervasive that it touches virtually every family in this country. More than one out of three Americans will be diagnosed with some form of it in their…

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As Payments Database Debuts, Doctors Urge Caution

Kaiser Health News, October 1, 2014
by Shefali Luthra

A federal database unveiled Tuesday afternoon details 4.4 million payments from pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to doctors and teaching hospitals, sparking concerns that consumers might misinterpret the information. The Centers for…

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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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