Petrie-Flom Seeks Research Assistant

Petrie-Flom Seeks Research Assistant
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, seeks a part-time research assistant for project collaboration with Harvard Catalyst (Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center) on challenges and innovation in human…

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Global Reproduction:
Health, Law, and Human Rights in Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
TBD
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

More information coming soon!

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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Washington, DC

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Food and Drug Law Institute are pleased to…

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A Conversation with the HHS Office of the Inspector General

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Please join the Petrie-Flom Center for a conversation with the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: Post-Trial Responsibilities:
Ethics and Implementation

Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Registration for the conference is open now! Register online. Conference Description Who: Clinical research sponsors, investigators, funders, regulators, trial participants, and…

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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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Who Has a Right to Pain Relief?

The Atlantic, August 18, 2014
by Rebecca Davis O'Brien

[...] The symposium called attention to a dilemma facing clinicians and American society at large—one that has unfolded in conference rooms, statehouses, and courts. The day’s roster of speakers, all…

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

NPR, August 17, 2014
by Leana Wen

[...] In fact, before the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal law enacted in 1996, patients generally had to sue to see their records. HIPAA, as that mouthful is…

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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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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment?

NPR, August 15, 2014
by Maanvi Singh

Mental health issues like depression, anxiety and substance abuse often start in adolescence, then peak in young adulthood. But for young people who don't have steady jobs or stable paychecks,…

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver?

NPR, August 14, 2014
by Rob Stein

[...] "Either it's a jackpot and you have very, very easy access to a lifesaving liver — if you lived in Indiana or if you lived in Louisiana or Florida,"…

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Expanding waistlines will cause 3,500 more cancers each year, study finds:

The Guardian, August 13, 2014
by Sarah Boseley

[...] Dr Bhaskaran said he hoped the findings would help governments take "courageous action" to tackle the obesity. "It will require action in various different areas. We need to look…

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Where Are the Nurses?

New York Times, August 13, 2014
by Paula Span

They’re called “nursing homes,” so most of us assume that they have nurses — registered nurses — on the premises. But not all the time. In some facilities, not even…

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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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Over 300,000 Must Prove Eligibility or Lose Health Care

New York Times, August 12, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

WASHINGTON — More than 300,000 people who bought subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could lose it next month if they do not provide proof that they are living in…

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Academic Fellow Jeffrey Skopek to Join Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge

Petrie-Flom Center, August 11, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Jeffrey Skopek will be joining the law faculty of the University of Cambridge in the fall.  At Cambridge, Jeff will continue his scholarship…

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The Question Doctors Can’t Ask:

The Atlantic, August 11, 2014
by James Hamblin

When police in Texas City, Texas, arrived at a suburban apartment on August 7, they found an eight-year-old boy who was seriously injured. He had been shot in the face,…

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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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29 States Seek Tighter E-Cigarette Regulations

New York Times, August 8, 2014
by Elizabeth A. Harris

Twenty-nine state attorneys general on Friday urged the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen its proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes, a business that has exploded into a $2.5 billion industry…

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WHO: Ebola ‘an international emergency’

BBC News, August 8, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency. WHO officials said a coordinated international response was essential to stop and…

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Medical ethicists to meet on use of experimental Ebola drugs:

Al Jazeera America, August 8, 2014
by Courtney Brooks

Medical ethicists will meet next week to discuss the use of experimental medicines in the West Africa Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the talks in the wake…

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Obama Signs $16.3B Overhaul Of Vets’ Health Care System

Kaiser Health News, August 8, 2014

Military veterans who have been suffering long waiting times for medical care or live significant distances from VA facilities should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately as a result of…

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Colleges Stick With Federal Ban On Medical Marijuana

New England Public Radio, August 7, 2014
by Karen Brown

Although medical marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts and other states, most college students this fall won’t be allowed to use their prescriptions on campus. Many college campuses are caught…

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US big-data health network launches aspirin study

Nature, August 6, 2014
by Sara Reardon, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: One of the largest big-data experiments in health care has set its first research target. The leaders of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington DC…

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In New Calculus on Smoking, It’s Health Gained vs. Pleasure Lost

New York Times, August 6, 2014
by Sabrina Tavernise

WASHINGTON — Rarely has the concept of happiness caused so much consternation in public health circles. Buried deep in the federal government’s voluminous new tobacco regulations is a little-known cost-benefit calculation that…

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Senior Analyst of State Health Policy

Senior Analyst of State Health Policy
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Senior Analyst of State Health Policy works with the Director of State Health Policy and members to develop the organization’s state public health policy agenda which may include state legislative, statutory, regulatory and executive…

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First federal gluten-free regulation takes effect

Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2014
by Mary Macvean

Regulations that tell consumers just what it means when a product is labeled “gluten free” take effect on Friday — a “major milestone,” says one of the leading experts on…

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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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The Recovering Americans and the ‘Top Secret’ Ebola Treatment:

Atlantic, August 4, 2014
by James Hamblin

Because Kent Brantly is a physician who has watched people die of Ebola, there was an especially chilling prescience to his assessmentlast week, between labored breaths: "I am going to die."…

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Newly Insured, Many Now Face Learning Curve

New York Times, August 2, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

PHILADELPHIA — Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who…

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Executed Arizona Inmate Got 15 Times Standard Dose, Lawyers Say

New York Times, August 1, 2014
by Fernanda Santos

PHOENIX — Lawyers for an inmate who was executed last month by lethal injection said Friday that his executioners injected him with 15 times the standard dose of a sedative and a…

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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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F.D.A. Acts on Lab Tests Developed In-House

New York Times, July 31, 2014
by Andrew Pollack

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it would start regulating medical laboratory testing, saying that tests used to make important treatment decisions must be vetted and validated…

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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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Why Psychologists’ Food Fight Matters

Slate, July 31, 3014
by Michelle N. Meyer (Academic Fellow alumna) and Christopher Chabris

From the article: Psychologists are up in arms over, of all things, the editorial process that led to the recent publication of a special issue of the journal Social Psychology. This may seem like…

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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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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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US tries to calm fears as Ebola virus spreads:

Al Jazeera America, July 29, 2014

U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but said the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the United States is remote. The Centres for Disease Control…

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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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Ebola outbreak:

BBC News, July 28, 2014

Most border crossings in Liberia have been closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to try to halt the spread of the virus. Screening centres are also…

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A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache

New York Times, July 27, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] The emerging Planet Hospital story, which Mr. Rupak characterized as one of mismanagement rather than fraud, stands as a cautionary tale about the proliferation of unregulated surrogacy agencies, their lack…

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Experts urge lifting ban on blood donations by gay men

CBS News, July 25, 2014
by Dennis Thompson , quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in…

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When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients

NPR, July 24, 2014
by Charles Ornstein

In the name of patient privacy, a security guard at a hospital in Springfield, Mo., threatened a mother with jail for trying to take a photograph of her own son. In the…

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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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