Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Executive Director!

Petrie-Flom Center, May 10, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH (HLS ’10, HSPH ’10), will join...

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

Deadline: August 4, 2017

The Center and Student Fellowship

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The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and...

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2017 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Open House

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2017-2018
HLS Pub, Wasserstein Hall, 1st floor
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Join faculty, colleagues, and students with shared interests in health law policy, biotechnology, an...

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After All That Turmoil, House May Have To Vote On Health Plan Again

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

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

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‘There Are No Hands On The Wheel’

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

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

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The fi...

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Administration Reportedly ‘Encouraged” Texas To Pursue Millions In Withheld Medicaid Funds

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2017

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

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Duterte Orders Strict Smoking Ban in Philippines, and Asks Citizens to Help

New York Times, May 18, 2017
by Felipe Villamor

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a deadly campaign to eradicate drug...

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Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

New York Times, May 16, 2017
by Tamar Lewin, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Three prominent academics in medicine and law sounded an alarm about the possible...

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Flickers Of Bipartisanship May Light Way For Plan B In Senate If GOP Legislation Fails

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017

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

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Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Lost in all the coverage of the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week were a pair of in-depth...

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Sessions Suspends DOJ Forensic Science Commission (Audio)

Bloomberg Radio, April 11, 2017
by David Sucherman, featuring Christopher Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Christopher Robertson, professor of Law at the University of Arizona, and Brandon Garrett, professor...

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There’s a federal law to lower drug prices—and Louisiana may just use it

Ars Technica, May 4, 2017
by Beth Mole, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis, told the ...

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Louisiana proposes tapping a century-old patent law to cut hepatitis C drug prices

Kaiser Health News, May 2, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis...

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Promoting demand-side innovation: prizes for payers

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, May 5, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,1 the recent article by Pro...

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

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

From the abstract

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In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest i...

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CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards Of Care

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2017
by Phil Galewitz

The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping...

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Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice
Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health

Deadline: Strongly encouraged to submit by May 5, 2017

The Yale Clinical Fellowship in Global Health Justice is a one-year position designed for law and pu...

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Trump’s pick to run mental health is poised to shake things up. Even some liberals can’t wait

STAT, May 11, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan

President Trump’s pick to run federal mental health services has called for a bold reordering...

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Call for Proposals
Health Data for Action

Deadline: May 24, 2017 3 PM ET

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The HD4A program will fund innovative research that uses the available data to answer impor...

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Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book

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While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilita...

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Vape Shops Want to Do Good, but Fear F.D.A. Won’t Let Them Do Well

New York Times, May 10, 2017
by Caitlin Kelly

Like so many entrepreneurs who have opened vaping shops lately, Stephen D’Angelo was a heavy s...

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Health Act Repeal Could Threaten U.S. Job Engine

New York Times, May 6, 2017
by Nelson D. Schwartz and Reed Abelson

[...] The outsize economic role of the American health care industry heightens the risks posed by th...

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France bans extremely thin models

BBC News, May 6, 2017

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect

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Models wil...

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White House Proposes Cutting Drug Control Office Funding by 95%

New York Times, May 5, 2017
by Alan Rappeport

WASHINGTON — When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America...

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Tobacco company flags appeal over plain packaging

BBC News, May 5, 2017

British American Tobacco has suggested an appeal is likely amid reports that the World Trade Organiz...

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Anthem Seeks SCOTUS Review Of Cigna Deal

Forbes, May 5, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

Anthem confirmed Friday it will seek a U.S. Supreme Court review of a U.S. Appeals Court&r...

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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few...

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House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts...

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$8 Billion Deal Gives Crucial Momentum to G.O.P. Health Bill

New York Times, May 3, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Two Republican lawmakers who had come out against the House bill to repeal the Af...

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Revised ‘Common Rule’ Shapes Protections For Research Participants

Health Affairs, May 2017, Vol. 36, No. 5
by By Barbara E. Bierer, Mark Barnes and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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Research with human participants funded by most federal agencies is governed by a...

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Insurers Left In Limbo As Deadline To File 2018 Rates Draws Ever Closer

Kaiser Health News, April 28, 2017

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

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"So ba...

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Intraparty Struggles On Display As GOP Leaders Concede Health Care Vote Won’t Come This Week

Kaiser Health news, April 28, 2017

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

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An ame...

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Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

Health Affairs Blog, April 27, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius Lakdawalla

From the article

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Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices&nb...

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Doctors, Hospitals Say Latest Trumpcare Version A Bigger Disaster

Forbes, April 27, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

The latest version of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, has providers of medica...

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Should We Study Human Embryos Beyond 14 Days?

NOVA Next, April 26, 2017
by Jenny Morber, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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[...] Some critics view calls to re-evaluate the 14-day rule as a pernicious movi...

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The new Oprah movie about Henrietta Lacks reopens a big scientific debate

Vox, April 24, 2017
by Julia Belluz, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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[...;Holly Fernandez Lynch, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center fo...

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Anthem Threatens to Leave Health Exchanges if Subsidies Are Halted

New York Times, April 26, 2017
by Reed Abelson

Even as Anthem, one of the nation’s largest insurers, reported an improved financial pict...

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Junior Research Scholar
Sports and Society Program, NYU School of Professional Studies

Deadline: May 12, 2017

JR. RESEARCH SCHOLAR: NYU School of Professional Studies, Sports and Society Progra

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We are seeking...

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Center Fellow
Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Deadline: Open until filled.

>Responsibilities

Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) is creating a two-year fellowship, b...

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Eager For A Victory, Trump Hypes Renewed GOP Health Plan; Lawmakers Remain Skeptical

Kaiser Health News, April 21, 2017

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

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Nonexceptionalism, Research Risks, and Social Media

American Journal of Bioethics, 17(5):W1-W3, 2017 (Published online April 21, 2017)
by Luke Gelinas (Research Ethics Fellow), Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, Glenn Cohen (Faculty Dir), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Dir) & Barbara Bierer

We are grateful for the thoughtful commentaries on our target article “Using Social Media as a...

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Science Needs Your Cells

New York Times, April 21, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Steven Joffe

>Biospecimens are essential to medical progress, but just medical waste to patients. Let's promot... Read More

Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

NPR, April 19, 2017
by Eric Whitney

It's a fix that hasn't fixed much, but the troubled Veterans Choice program has been extende...

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FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

NPR, April 19, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

With the approval this month of two drugs to treat hepatitis C in children, these often overlooked v...

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In Berkeley, Soda Tax Is Doing What It’s Supposed To Do

Forbes, April 18, 2017
by Bruce Y. Lee

[...] In just a couple of years since the San Francisco defeat, my, have times changed. Si...

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In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime

NPR, April 18, 2017
by Lauren Frayer

[...] By the 1990s, 1 percent of Portugal's population was hooked on heroin. It was one of the w...

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Research Fellow & Lecturer in Law
Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy at Seton Hall Law School

Deadline: Open until filled.

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Research Fellows at Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceu...

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PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumnus Matthew Baum

Petrie-Flom Center, April 13, 2017

>Matthew Baum was a Student Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year, as a second year MD-PhD...

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Institutions as an Ethical Locus of Research Prioritisation

Journal of Medical Ethics, April 11, 2017 (Online)
by Luke Gelinas (Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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Ensuring that clinical trials, once launched, successfully complete and generate usefu...

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Death By 1,000 Cuts: How Republicans Can Still Alter Your Coverage

Kaiser Health News, April 10, 2017
by Jay Hancock, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“It’s the single-biggest problem facing the exchanges,” said Ra...

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Congress and FDA nominee heap love on ‘adaptive trials’

Science, April 7, 2017
by Kelly Servick, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“‘Adaptive clinical trials’ is one of those buzzwords that get...

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Scott Gottlieb: Conflicts surround Trump’s FDA pick

CNN, April 4, 2017
by Sandee LaMotte, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Even some industry watchdogs are cautiously optimistic. In a New England Jo...

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ICER Weekly View 03-31-17

ICER, March 31, 2017
by Mitchell Stein, featuring blog post and NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the review

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Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs...

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Anthem inches closer to full Obamacare exit

POLITICO, March 31, 2017
by Dan Diamond, featuring blog post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the newsletter

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Writing at Harvard’s “Bill of Health,&rdqu...

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Senate will vote to overturn Planned Parenthood protections

POLITICO, March 30, 2017
by Dan Diamond, featuring NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the newsletter

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What the experts are saying. NEJM posted a pair of perspectives that offe...

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Price doesn’t satisfy Congress on appropriations

POLITICO, March 30, 2017
by Darius Tahir, featuring NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the newsletter

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The latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine is full of eHealt...

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Scott Gottlieb’s FDA Commissioner Confirmation Hearing: Remarkably Unremarkable

Health Affairs Blog, April 7, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post

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On Wednesday morning, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Energy, Labor, a...

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Release of New FDA Guidance Declines Sharply Following Trump’s Inauguration

Regulatory Affairs , April 11, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, told Focus:...

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Panthers doctor: ‘Turf war’ keeping neurologists off NHL study group

TSN Canada, April 7, 2017
by Rick Westhead, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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One Harvard University law professor says that the NHL should overhaul its medica...

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Prohibiting sperm donor anonymity in the US and possible effects on recruitment and compensation

BioNews, April 3, 2017
by Andrew Hellman and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Many children conceived using donor sperm or eggs want to kno...

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The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.

New York Times, April 10, 2017
by Paula Span

[...] Physicians and hospitals have grown accustomed to the threat of lawsuits when they fail t...

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Philadelphia Flooded With New Risperdal Lawsuits; Trials Split But Include Massive Verdict

Forbes, April 10, 2017
by Nicholas Malfitano

Records from the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas reveal more than 3,000 new Risperdal...

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White House Floats Plan With Waivers For Pre-Existing Condition Rules To Woo Freedom Caucus

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017

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

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Trump’s Effort To Lure Consumers To Exchanges Could Bring Skimpier Plans

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

Will opening the door to cheaper, skimpier marketplace plans with higher deductibles and copays attr...

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With Obamacare Here to Stay, Some States Revive Medicaid Expansion

NPR, April 2, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

[...] In all, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid after the Affordable Car...

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(Health) Law and Order

Beyond the Microscope Podcast, March 28, 2017
by Mumu Xu, interviewing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

We’ve got a special episode today for all you STEM/legal nerds. Our guest is Rachel Sachs...

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Health Subsidies for Low Earners Will Continue Through 2017, G.O.P. Says

New York Times, March 30, 2017
by Robert Pear and Reed Abelson

WASHINGTON — Senior House Republicans said Thursday that they expected the federal government...

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An FDA Commissioner for the 21st Century

NEJM, March 29, 2017
by Amitabh Chandra and Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

President Donald Trump has named Scott Gottlieb as his nominee to be the next commissioner of the Fo...

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Health Law Workshop: Kathryn Zeiler

Monday, March 27, 2017 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2016-2017
Hauser Hall, Room 104
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Presentation: "Communication-And-Resolution Programs: The Numbers Don’t Add Up

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This paper is...

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In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past

WBUR, March 21, 2017
by Paul C. McLean, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel...

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Failing To Whip Up Support, House Leaders Pull Replacement Bill From Floor

Kaiser Health News, March 24, 2017

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

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At pre...

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Hospital Stocks Soar As Trumpcare Bill Dies

Forbes, March 24, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

The failure of the Republican-led Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a huge v...

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Health Care Bill Debate Centered On Essential Health Benefits

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Audie Cornish, interviewing Noam Levey

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Noam Levey, who covers national health care policy for The L...

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Survey: Three Out Of Four Americans Want Planned Parenthood Funded

Forbes, March 24, 2017
by Janet Burns

[...] The poll also found that three-quarters of Americans support continuing current federal M...

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Many Insurance Companies Stay Quiet On Health Care Debate

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Kelly McEvers, interviewing Sabrina Corlette

With AHCA coming to the house floor for a highly anticipated vote, some of the biggest stake holders...

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As Rivals Stand Silent, One Health Insurer Protests G.O.P. Plan

New York Times, March 22, 2017
by Reed Abelson

[...] Insisting that he is not bluffing, Dr. Molina said that his company might also have to abandon...

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Regulating Black-Box Medicine

Michigan Law Review, March 21, 2017
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the abstract

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Data drive modern medicine. And our tools to analyze those data are growing ever...

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The Purpose of My Death: Death, Dying, and Meaning

Ethics, Vol. 127, no. 3, April 2017
by Frances Kamm (Senior Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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My purpose in this essay is to consider some views about death and dying presente...

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Addressing the ethical issues raised by synthetic human entities with embryo-like features

eLife, March 21, 2017
by John Aach, Jeantine Lunshof, Eswar Iyer, and George M. Church

On November 7, 2016, the Petrie-Flom Center hosted the conference "The Ethics of Early Embryo Resear...

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