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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King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act:
A Conference

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This Term, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Affordable Care Act permits the government to extend…

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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

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

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UPDATED AGENDA: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 7:45 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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Innovator in Residence

Innovator in Residence
Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: Open until filled.

A rapidly growing public health startup, ORGANIZE, is seeking to hire a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial individual to serve a two-year appointment of Innovator In Residence (IIR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The…

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In State-Of-The-Union Speech, Obama Pledges To Veto Efforts To Undo The Health Law

Kaiser Health News, January 21, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. News outlets described President Barack Obama as confident and defiant as he laid out an agenda for his…

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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

NPR, January 21, 2015
by Jeff Cohen and April Dembosky

Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, partly because this…

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Health-Law Test To Cut Readmissions Lacks Early Results

Kaiser Health News, January 14, 2015
by Jay Hancock

Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law’s $10 billion innovation lab wouldn’t always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.…

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Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees

Kaiser Health News, January 12, 2015
by Phil Galewitz

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection. But since the boy was covered by Medicaid, she couldn’t immediately find…

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New Rules to Limit Tactics on Hospitals’ Fee Collections

New York Times, January 11, 2015
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has adopted sweeping new rules to discourage nonprofit hospitals from using aggressive tactics to collect payments from low-income patients. Under the rules, nonprofit hospitals must…

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Health Premiums Rise More Slowly, but Workers Shoulder More of Cost

New York Times, January 8, 2015
by Tara Siegel Bernard

[...] Although the rise in premiums has slowed since passage of the Affordable Care Act, workers who receive health insurance through their employers are shouldering more health care expenses at a time…

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FDA Advisory Panel Backs First Potential ‘Copycat’ Drug

Kaiser Health News, January 8, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. If the government accepts the recommendation, it could mean millions in savings for consumers who need expensive drugs.…

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3 States Counter Obama’s Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

NPR, January 6, 2015
by Eric Whitney

States have a year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana are trying to get the money, but their legislators may…

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Obama Plans Vigorous Response To GOP Congress, Efforts To Roll Back Health Law

Kaiser Health News, January 5, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

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Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty

New York Times, January 5, 2015
by Robert Pear

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard…

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Interview with Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen about “Patients with Passports”:

Jefferson Public Radio (Oregon), January 5, 2015
by Geoffrey Riley and Charlotte Duren

If your doctor won't recommend a medical procedure you want, you can go to another doctor.  But would you travel to another country for the procedure?  And how about if…

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Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

NPR, January 3, 2015
by April Dembosky

[...] By the time Fratkin leaves the Hoopa Valley, he's spent half a day with one patient. This is something the hospital in Eureka just couldn't afford to have him…

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As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price

Kaiser Health News, December 23, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Andy Pasternak, a family doctor in Reno, Nev., has seen more than 100 new Medicaid patients this year after the state expanded the insurance program under the Affordable Care Act.…

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Public Easily Swayed On Attitudes About Health Law, Poll Finds

Kaiser Health News, December 18, 2014
by Julie Rovner

Just days before the requirement for most large employers to provide health insurance takes effect, a new poll finds the public easily swayed over arguments for and against the policy.…

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Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Kaiser Health News, December 15, 2014
by Jay Hancock

For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act…

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Drastic drop in global malaria deaths:

Al Jazeera America, December 9, 2014

Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 and cases are falling steadily thanks to more people being diagnosed and treated, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Yet progress…

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Temporary Medicaid Pay Raise For Doctors Set To Expire Jan. 1

Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2014

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

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With 1.5 Million Sign-Ups So Far, Obamacare Enrollment Is Brisk

Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

With less than a week until the deadline to buy individual health insurance that begins Jan. 1, experts say sign-ups are on course to hit or exceed the Obama administration’s…

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Traveling Overseas for Medical Care

WOSU (NPR), December 10, 2014
by All Sides with Ann Fisher, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the WOSU:All-inclusive vacations might feature a stay in a luxury hotel, gourmet meals, and in some cases, a hip replacement. Companies that specialize in medical tourism help patients in the…

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Obama health adviser apologizes for ‘glib’ remarks

AP, December 9, 2014
by Charles Babington

WASHINGTON (AP) — MIT economist Jonathan Gruber — an often-quoted adviser on the president's health care law — told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant" when he…

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Health Spending Rises Only Modestly

New York Times, December 3, 2014
by Robert Pear

[...] “The 3.6 percent increase in 2013 is the lowest increase on record in the national health expenditures going back to 1960,” said Micah B. Hartman, a statistician at the…

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Law Professor Discusses Medical Tourism

Harvard Crimson, November 20, 2014
by Katherine H. Scott, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

When most people hear the word “tourism,” they immediately think of flocking to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean or exploring museums in a European city. For Harvard Law School…

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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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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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