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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Gender (Re)assignment:
Legal, Ethical, and Conceptual Issues

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Pound Hall, 102
Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Trans and intersex individuals face a series of legal, medical, and social challenges.  This panel explores these overlapping issues, including:…

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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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Health Law Workshop: Thomas Greaney

Monday, February 02, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Presentation: "Medicare Advantage, Accountable Care Organizations, and Traditional Medicare: Synchronization or Collision?" Thomas L. Greaney is Chester A. Myers Professor of…

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Elizabeth Warren’s bill to deter pharma wrongdoing may be a flawed fix:

Al Jazeera America, January 29, 2015
by Elijah Wolfson

[...]  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is expected to introduce in Congress the Medical Innovation Act, designed to funnel additional funds toward the NIH. The mechanism is straightforward: Every time a pharmaceutical…

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Medicare chief with key role in Obamacare rollout steps down:

Al Jazeera America, January 16, 2015

Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over thepresident's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded…

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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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Lots Of Responsibility For In-Home Care Providers — But No Training Required

Kaiser Health News, January 6, 2015
by Anna Gorman

[...] No overall training is required for the more than 400,000 caregivers in California’s $7.3 billion In-Home Supportive Services Program (IHSS) for low-income elderly and disabled residents. Without instruction even…

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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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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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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

NPR, December 17, 2014
by Lisa Aliferis

Years of efforts to reduce the racial disparities in health care have so far failed to eliminate them. But progress is being made in the western United States, due largely…

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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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Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

NPR, December 9, 2014
by Ina Jaffe

Antipsychotic drugs have helped many people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. But for older people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, they can be deadly.…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Conversation with the HHS Office of the Inspector General

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

A conversation with the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office…

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Health Law Gets Reprieve As Appeals Court Agrees To Rehear Key Case

NPR, September 4, 2014
by Julie Rovner

The controversial federal court decision that threatened the future of the Affordable Care Act is no more. The full District of Columbia Court of Appeals Thursday agreed to rehear Halbig v.…

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Expansion of Mental Health Care Hits Obstacles

New York Times, August 28, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

[...] The Affordable Care Act has paved the way for a vast expansion of mental health coverage in America, providing access for millions of people who were previously uninsured or…

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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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Federal Officials Order Medicaid to Cover Autism Services

Kaiser Health News, August 26, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

[...] In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that comprehensive autism services must be covered for children under all state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program plans, another federal-state program…

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With Coverage Through Obamacare, Transgender Woman Opts for Surgery

Kaiser Health News, August 25, 2014
by Anna Gorman

Among the less-talked-about implications of the Affordable Care Act is the relief it is providing to many transgender people, many of whom are low-income and who have struggled to obtain…

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Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

New York Times, August 24, 2014
by Katie Thomas

[...] An examination of the rating system by The New York Times has found that Rosewood and many other top-ranked nursing homes have been given a seal of approval that is based…

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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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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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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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In Ambitious Bid, Walmart Seeks Foothold in Primary Care Services

New York Times, August 7, 2014
by Rachel Abrams

Welcome to Walmart. The nurse will be right with you. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has spent years trying to turn some of its millions of customers into patients, offering…

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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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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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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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Arkansas Weighs Plan To Make Some Medicaid Enrollees Fund Savings Accounts

Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2014
by Michele Andrews

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don't may have to…

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Obscure Rule Restricts Health Law’s Expansion of Care for Addicts

New York Times, July 10, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. — On its surface, the Affordable Care Act seems like a boon for addiction treatment centers like the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse,…

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Study: Hospitals Using Electronic Medical Records Not Bilking Medicare

Kaiser Health News, July 8, 2014
by Eric Whitney

A new study says there's no need to worry about hospitals using their new electronic medical records to generate bigger bills and boost their income. It's been a concern since…

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Florida Shifts Medicaid Mental Health Strategy

Kaiser Health News, July 7, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Seeking to improve care and lower costs, Florida this month became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed exclusively for people with serious mental illnesses, such as…

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More Than 750 Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Patient Injuries

Kaiser Health News, June 22, 2014
by Jordan Rau

During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her…

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When a Stressful Hospital Stay Makes You Sick

New York Times, June 12, 2014
by David H. Newman, MD

The woman was rolled into the emergency department by paramedics. Struggling to breathe, she bent forward, hands on her knees, using gravity to help expand her chest. “This all started…

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Michigan To Reward Medicaid Enrollees Who Take ‘Personal Responsibility’

Kaiser Health News, June 11, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Delayed by state lawmakers, Michigan did not expand Medicaid until the day after the federal online insurance exchange closed March 31 – a move advocates feared would undermine signups. Turns…

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More Than 1.7 Million Consumers Still Wait For Medicaid Decisions

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

While an unprecedented 6 million people have gained Medicaid coverage since September, mostly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, more than 1.7 million more are still waiting for…

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