CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 2015 Annual Conference
Law, Religion, and American Healthcare

Saturday, May 09, 2015
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for…

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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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Jonathan Gruber Video Comments Roil Health Law Politics

Kaiser Health News, November 18, 2014
by Mary Agnes Carey and Louise Radnofsky

Videotaped comments by a former consultant on the Affordable Care Act has created serious political blowback for the Obama administration, just as the administration seeks to focus attention on the health…

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Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

NPR, November 18, 2014
by Julie Rovner

The United States is facing a critical shortage of doctors that could seriously jeopardize the ability of a patient to get medical care in the coming years. Or, at least,…

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Obamacare, back on trial

Harvard Gazette, November 14, 2014
by Christina Pazzanese, interviewing Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director)

From the article: In a move that caught many observers off guard, the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would review one of four cases currently challenging provisions of the Patient…

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Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015

New York Times, November 14, 2014
by Robert Pear, Reed Abelson, and Agustin Armendariz

The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as…

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The Selling of Obamacare 2.0

Politico, November 13, 2014
by Joanne Kenen

[...] The second year of Obamacare enrollment starts Saturday, and the administration is launching a much more precise strategy that uses targeted digital ads, aims at specific demographics and leverages…

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Appeals Court Cancels Arguments on Health Law Subsidies

Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2014
by Jess Bravin

A federal appeals court on Wednesday canceled December arguments over health insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act, following the Supreme Court’s Nov. 7 decision to review the issue…

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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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Shortage of Medicaid Doctors? Not if You Ask Patients

New York Times, November 10, 2014
by Austin Frakt

One longstanding concern about Medicaid is that too few doctors will accept it, because it tends to pay providers less generously than private plans do. This concern shows up in news articles about…

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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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GOP Victories Blunt Hopes of Medicaid Expansion

Politico, November 5, 2014
by Rachana Pradhan and Sarah Wheaton

The 2014 gubernatorial elections were supposed to sweep in Democrats who would lead the charge for Medicaid expansion in the states. At least that’s how the advocates of expansion saw…

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Employers Can’t Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

NPR, November 5, 2014
by Jay Hancock

Closing what many see as a loophole that could trap millions of people in sub-standard insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that large-employer medical plans lacking hospital coverage will not…

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Home Health Workers Struggle For Better Pay And Health Insurance

Kaiser Health News, November 3, 2014
by Sarah Jane Tribble

[...] Home care workers are mostly women. More than half are women of color, and 1 in 5 are single mothers. A recent analysis by the Brookings Institution found that while the…

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Who Would Have Health Insurance if Medicaid Expansion Weren’t Optional

New York Times, November 3, 2014
by Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz

In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act — its expansion of Medicaid to low-income people around the country — must be optional for…

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Defects Found Before Debut of Health Insurance Site for Small Businesses

New York Times, November 1, 2014
by Robert Pear

The Obama administration has discovered a number of defects in the online marketplace that will offer health insurance to millions of small-business employees, but federal officials said the problems could probably be…

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Efforts to Enable Americans to Age in Place are Expanding, Survey Shows

Washington Post, November 1, 2014
by Fredrick Kunkle

A new survey of hundreds of federally sponsored local agencies that assist aging Americans has found increased efforts to help the elderly remain in their homes as they grow older,…

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Obamacare May Mean High Drug Costs For Floridians With HIV

Miami Herald, October 31, 2014
by Nicholas Nehamas

[...] Last spring, two nonprofit groups filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging that some Florida insurers were discriminating against people with HIV by charging “inordinately high” rates for HIV…

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Police Need More Training to Deal with Mentally Ill, L.A. County Told

Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2014
by Abby Sewell

A onsultant hired to find a way to divert the mentally ill from Los Angeles County's jail system found that not enough law enforcement officers were trained to handle people…

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2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship

2015 California Health Journalism Fellowship
Reporting on Health, University of Southern California

Deadline: December 01, 2014

When: March 1-5, 2015 Where: Los Angeles As its enters its second year, Obamacare promises to continue to be one of the biggest stories for California news media. The…

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In the Hospital, a Bad Translation Can Destroy a Life

NPR, October 27, 2014
by Kristian Foden-Vencil

[...] Thirteen years ago, the state of Oregon recognized the problem and required doctors and hospitals to start using professional interpreters. The Affordable Care Act also has expanded the kinds…

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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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Quality of U.S. Hospices Varies, Patients Left in Dark

Washington Post, October 26, 2014
by Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating

More than a million times a year, a terminally ill patient in the United States is enrolled in hospice care. Each time, the family confronts a decision that, while critical,…

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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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Obamacare and the Midterms

The Economist, October 18, 2014

"My insurance was cancelled because of Obamacare. Now the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable,” said Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient, in an ad attacking Gary Peters, a Democrat…

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A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home

NPR, October 13, 2014
by Quil Lawrence

[...] To make it easier for vets to get care, the VA started a program called Access Received Closer to Home, or ARCH. A trial program began three years ago in…

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U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

New York Times, October 12, 2014
by Robert Pear

Federal officials say they have repeatedly criticized, and in many cases penalized, Medicare health plans for serious deficiencies, including the improper rejection of claims for medical services and unjustified limits on coverage…

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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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Federal Officials Unveil Streamlined Marketplace Website

Kaiser Health News, October 8, 2014
by Julie Appleby

Consumers using the federal healthcare.gov website when open enrollment begins next month should expect a faster website with a shorter application form and features making it easier to use on…

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Petrie-Flom Center Annual Open House - 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA

Come learn more about what the Petrie-Flom Center does and how you can get involved at this gathering for faculty, colleagues,…

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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 Rise of the M.D./M.B.A. Degree

The Atlantic, September 29, 2014
by Vidya Viswanathan

[...] There is a growing complaint in medical education that the curriculum hasn’t changed very much since 1910, when educator Abraham Flexner analyzed medical school curriculums across the country and proposed standardization…

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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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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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Avoid the Rush! Some ERs Are Now Taking Appointments

NPR, September 23, 2014
by Anna Gorman

[...] Hospitals around the country are competing for newly-insured patients, and one way to increase patient satisfaction, they figure, might be to reduce the frustratingly long wait times in the…

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Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

NPR, September 21, 2014
by Fred Mogul

[...] "New York City continues to lag in serious ways with regards to providing patients with the environment that they want at the end of life," says Dr. David Goodman, who…

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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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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

NPR, September 17, 2014
by Julie Rovner

Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control…

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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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Health Law’s Election Impact is Dimming

Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2014
by Beth Reinhard and Laura Meckler

Though Republicans continue to hammer away at the Affordable Care Act, the health-insurance law is losing some of its punch in the 2014 campaign. Polls show that voters don't see…

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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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