PETRIE-FLOM IS HIRING! Research and Communications Associate
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: Open until filled.

Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Petrie-Flom Center’s Administrative Director and working closely with the Center’s Executive Director, Faculty Director, and other staff, the… Read More

In Wake Of Florida Mass Shooting, States Stepping Up To Take Gun Control Into Their Own Hands

Kaiser Health News, February 23, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Four East Coast states are forming a coalition to better promote and foster gun safety, while other states mull… Read More

U.K. Moves Toward Making Adults Presumed Organ Donors

New York Times, February 23, 2018
by Richard Perez-Pena

LONDON — Britain took a crucial step on Friday toward making all adults presumed organ donors unless they say otherwise, which would add the country to a growing list of those that have adopted the… Read More

Preventing Mitochondrial Disease

Obstetrics & Gynecology, March 2018 - Volume 131 - Issue 3
by Eli Y. Adashi and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: In a possible first, the heritable transmission of a fatal mitochondrial DNA disease (Leigh syndrome) may have been prevented by replacing the mutation-bearing mitochondria of oocytes with donated… Read More

Healthy People Health Policy Fellowship
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: February 24, 2018

Description A fellowship is available in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of the Secretary (OS), at the… Read More

Urgent Care Industry Hits $18 Billion As Big Players Drive Growth

Forbes, February 23, 2018
by Bruce Japsen

[...] By any measure, urgent care is becoming an increasingly popular form of healthcare delivery with even more players expected to enter the business. Urgent care is similar to retail health clinics… Read More

A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies

ProPublica, February 22, 2018
by Nina Martin

In Great Britain, midwives deliver half of all babies, including Kate Middleton’s first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In Sweden, Norway and France, midwives oversee… Read More

Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course
Center for Bioethics Harvard Medical School

Deadline: Open Registration

Course Description This intensive course is designed for members of ethics committees and others interested in ethical aspects of clinical practice. The target audience are physicians, ethics consultants,… Read More

CSPC 2018: Building Bridges Between Science, Policy, and Society
Canadian Science Policy Centre

Deadline: April 23, 2018

Overview The Canadian Science Policy Centre announces the call for panel proposals for the 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on November… Read More

Trump Administration Wants To Let Insurers Offer Plans With Fewer Benefits

NPR, February 20, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

The Trump administration wants to allow insurance companies to offer more policies that have limited health benefits and that can reject customers if they have pre-existing medical conditions. Health and… Read More

HHS Chief Wants CDC To Conduct Gun Research, Waving Off Congressional Restrictions

Kaiser Health News, February 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations "We believe we've got a very important mission with our work with serious mental illness as well as our… Read More

Trump Promises To Tackle ‘Difficult Issue Of Mental Health’ Following Shooting

Kaiser Health News, February 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations As national focus turns to mental health after the mass shooting in Florida, advocates warn against making assumptions… Read More

U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

NPR, February 16, 2018
by Menaka Wilhelm

Next month, several chain supermarkets in the U.K. will stop selling energy drinks to customers under 16. Anyone looking to buy a soft drink with more than 150 mg of caffeine per liter — a limit… Read More

Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

New York Times, February 15, 2018
by Ceylan Yeginsu

When a transgender woman told doctors at a hospital in New York that she wanted to breast-feed her pregnant partner’s baby, they put her on a regimen of drugs that included an anti-nausea medication… Read More

Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

NPR, February 15, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

[...] come July, LiFT will be gone. The Trump administration cut off the grant funding for it when the Department of Health and Human Services eliminated the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. LiFT is… Read More

Trump fires first salvo on drug prices

The Hill, February 12, 2018
by Peter Sullivan, referencing Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: President Trump is beginning to move on high drug prices, unveiling a series of modest proposals in his budget request released Monday. It’s the first time Trump has issued major… Read More

Trump teams rolls out new drug pricing ideas

Politico, February 12, 2018
by Sarah Karlin-Smith, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: TRUMP TEAM TAKES ANOTHER STAB AT DRUG PRICES: ARE THEY SERIOUS THIS TIME? — Late last week came two new signs the White House may finally be ready to move beyond rhetoric on… Read More

Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad

Executive Office of the President of the United States, February 2018
by The Council of Economic Advisers, citing work by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The affordability of healthcare and biopharmaceutical drugs is a top concern for Americans. It is often asserted that promoting innovation and affordable drugs are conflicting goals.… Read More

Budget, White Paper Provide Insight Into Trump Administration’s Strategy On Drug Pricing

Health Affairs, February 12, 2018
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: During his first year in office, President Donald Trump spoke often about the problem of high drug prices but took no action on the subject. President Trump’s new budget proposal and… Read More

Hundreds sign on to letter opposing ‘right to try’ drug bill

The Hill , February 5, 2018
by Rachel Roubein, reporting on Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director and Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the Article:  Several hundred "right to try" critics sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders expressing their “strong opposition” to the bill President… Read More

Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A.

New York Times, February 14, 2018
by Sheila Kaplan and Ken Belson

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries. The test, called… Read More

Idaho Blue Cross Jumps Into Controversial Market For Plans That Bypass ACA Rules

Kaiser Health News, February 14, 2018
by Julie Appleby

That didn’t take long. It’s barely been two weeks since Idaho regulators said they would allow the sale of health insurance that does not meet all of the Affordable Care Act’s requirements… Read More

Physicians, ethicists urge Congress not to pass ‘right-to-try’ legislation

Stat, February 1, 2018
by Ike Swetlitz, reporting on Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director and Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Dozens of doctors, medical ethicists, and lawyers are warning Congress that legislation to allow Americans with life-threatening conditions access to unapproved, experimental drugs risks… Read More

Analyst in Health Policy
Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division

Deadline: March 02, 2018

Summary The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division is seeking an Analyst in Health Policy to work on issues related to biomedical and health services policy. A general understanding… Read More

Public Health Analyst
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Deadline: February 24, 2018

General Description The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations,… Read More

Budget Deal Stuffed Full Of Health Provisions

Kaiser Health News, February 9, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations In the early hours of Friday morning the House passed a spending deal to very quickly reverse a government shutdown… Read More

Upsurge Of Suburban Poor Discover Health Care’s Nowhere Land

Kaiser Health News, February 9, 2018
by Elaine Korry

[...] Suburbs in the United States, often perceived as enclaves of the affluent, are home to nearly 17 million Americans who live in poverty — more than in cities or rural areas —… Read More

ObamaCare enrollment tells tale of two systems

The Hill, February 8, 2018
by Jessie Hellman

Most states that operate their own ObamaCare exchanges saw more people sign up in 2018 than last year, while 29 of the 34 states that rely on the federal government to promote enrollment saw their sign-ups… Read More

Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment

NPR, February 7, 2018
by Greg Allen

More than three months after President Trump declared the nation's opioid crisis a public health emergency, activists and health care providers say they're still waiting for some other action.… Read More

Alabama Targets OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma In Opioid Suit Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email

NPR, February 7, 2018
by Samantha Raphaelson

Alabama filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday against OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma LP claiming the drug company is fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers.… Read More

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

New York Times, February 7, 2018
by Andrew Jacobs

SANTIAGO, Chile — They killed Tony the Tiger. They did away with Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah. They banned Kinder Surprise, the chocolate eggs with a hidden toy. The Chilean government, facing… Read More

Stalled Health Programs Await A Green Light On The Hill

Kaiser Health News, February 2, 2018
by Shefali Luthra

With the clock ticking on the current stop-gap bill that funds the federal government through Feb. 8, Congress is steeling itself to consider another must-pass budget bill. And, once again, health care… Read More

Trump’s abandoned promise to bring down drug prices, explained

Vox, February 2, 2018
by Dylan Scott, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: One year into Donald Trump’s presidency, as he delivered his first State of the Union address, he has more or less abandoned his outspoken pledges to bring down the cost of America’s… Read More

The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 — Implications for FDA Regulation and Public Health

NEJM, February 1, 2018
by Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus), Erin C. Fuse Brown, and Aaron S. Kesselheim

From the article: In the past year, federal health policy has been characterized by pervasive uncertainty, but a consistent theme from the Trump administration and some prominent legislators has been opposition… Read More

CDC Chief’s Stock Drama Was An Ethical Blemish New HHS Head Alex Azar Wasn’t Going To Tolerate

Kaiser Health News, February 1, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Brenda Fitzgerald offered her letter of resignation as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read More

Indiana’s Brand Of Medicaid Drops 25,000 People For Failure To Pay Premiums

NPR, February 1, 2018
by Phil Galewitz

As the Trump administration moves to give states more flexibility in running Medicaid, advocates for the poor are keeping a close eye on Indiana to see whether such conservative ideas improve or harm care.… Read More

Unnecessary Medical Care Is More Common Than You Think

ProPublica (co-published with NPR’s Shots blog), February 1, 2018
by Marshall Allen

It’s one of the intractable financial boondoggles of the U.S. health care system: Lots and lots of patients get lots and lots of tests and procedures that they don’t need. Women still get annual… Read More

India Wants to Give Half a Billion People Free Health Care

New York TImes, February 1, 2018
by Vindu Goel and Hari Kumar

NEW DELHI — India announced on Thursday a sweeping plan to give half a billion poor Indians free access to health care, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to address rising demands for greater… Read More

Physicians, ethicists urge Congress not to pass ‘right to try’ legislation

STAT News, February 1, 2018
by Ike Swetlitz reporting on Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director and Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Dozens of doctors, medical ethicists, and lawyers are warning Congress that legislation to allow Americans with life-threatening conditions access to unapproved, experimental drugs risks… Read More

Trump Pledges To Lower Drug Costs — Can We Do It?

NPR, January 31, 2018
by Anthony Brooks, interviewing Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the podcast: President Trump says in his State of the Union that going after the high cost of prescription drugs is a top priority. Politicians have promised for years to bring them down. We’ll… Read More

States Becoming Battleground For Health Law As Some Seek To Bolster It While Others Unravel It Furth

Kaiser Health News, January 26, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Blue states are taking steps to protect certain guarantees created under the health law to protect patients,… Read More

Will State Voters Continue To Pour Money Into Stem Cell Research?

NPR, January 25, 2018
by David Gorn

[...] California voters easily passed Proposition 71 — 59 percent to 41 — and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM, was born. Its mission: to fund and accelerate… Read More

Senate Approves Trump’s HHS Pick Despite Critics’ Qualms About Azar’s Ties To Pharma Industry

Kaiser Health News, January 25, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Alex Azar will take the helm of the Department of Health and Human Services after the Senate confirmed his nomination… Read More

F.D.A. Panel Rejects Philip Morris’ Claim That Tobacco Stick Is Safer Than Cigarettes

New York Times, January 25, 2018
by Sheila Kaplan

A federal advisory committee on Thursday recommended that the Food and Drug Administration reject a bid by Philip Morris International to market a smokeless tobacco stick in the United States as safer… Read More

Apple, in Sign of Health Ambitions, Adds Medical Records Feature for iPhone

New York Times, January 24, 2018
by Natasha Singer

In the latest indication of Apple’s growing ambitions in the digital health market, the tech giant on Wednesday unveiled a new feature that would allow users to automatically download and see parts… Read More

With Health Care For 9 Million Children On The Line, Congress Barrels Toward Shutdown

Kaiser Health News, January 19, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The House passed the short-term funding bill after threats from the Freedom Caucus died down, but it appears… Read More

Following Creation Of Religious Freedom Division, Advocates Worry LGBT Patients May Forgo Care

Kaiser Health News, January 19, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Research shows people who identify as LGBT already face significant health care disparities due to stigma and… Read More

Trump again targets drug policy office, proposing 95 percent budget cut

Politico, January 18, 2018
by Sarah Karlin-Smith and Brianna Ehley

President Donald Trump is planning to slash the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in what marks his administration’s second attempt to gut the top office responsible for coordinating… Read More

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

New York Times, January 18, 2018
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

For years, hospital executives have expressed frustration when essential drugs like heart medicines have become scarce, or when prices have skyrocketed because investors manipulated the market. Now, some… Read More

It’s time to levy penalties for failing to report clinical trial results

STAT, January 17, 2018
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Academic Fellow Alumna and former Executive Director)

From the article: I started my first job as an attorney in the fall of 2007, days after President George W. Bush signed the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) into law. As part… Read More

‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

New York Times, January 16, 2018
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

[...] The C.D.C. data comes from hospitals and clinics that report how many cases of “influenza-like illness” they treat. Delays can result if clinic statisticians are busy or if state… Read More

Cherokee Can’t Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules

New York Times, January 11, 2018
by Jan Hoffman

The Cherokee Nation cannot sue opioid distributors and pharmacies in its own tribal court, a federal judge in Oklahoma said late Tuesday, halting the first attempt by a Native American tribe… Read More

In Monumental Policy Shift, Administration Paves Way For States To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements

Kaiser Health News, January 11, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Adding a work requirement to Medicaid would mark one of the biggest changes to the program since its inception… Read More

An ‘unsustainable’ model

STAT, January 11, 2018
by Helen Branswell

Every few years an alarming disease launches a furious, out-of-the-blue attack on people, triggering a high-level emergency response. SARS. The H1N1 flu pandemic. West Nile and Zika. The nightmarish West… Read More

A New Approach to Treat Childhood Leukemia: Novartis’ CAR-T Therapy

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 10, 2018
by Frazer A. Tessema and Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: On August 30, 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah; CTL019), Novartis' new treatment for B-cell acute lymphoblastic… Read More

Federal Right-to-Try Legislation — Threatening the FDA’s Public Health Mission

NEJM, January 10, 2018
by Steven Joffe and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Academic Fellow Alumna and former Executive Director)

From the article: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the gatekeeper of the country’s drugs and medical devices. Originally created to prevent the misleading of patients, it was later tasked… Read More

What if CHIP Funds Run Out? Here’s What 6 Families Would Do

New York Times, January 10, 2018
by Fahima Haque

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, covers nearly nine million children whose parents earn too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford other coverage. But the program,… Read More

Trump administration halts ‘evidence-based’ program that evaluates behavioral health therapies

STAT, January 10, 2018
by Sharon Begley

The Trump administration has abruptly halted work on a highly regarded program to help physicians, families, state and local government agencies, and others separate effective “evidence-based”… Read More

HHS Nominee Vows To Tackle High Drug Costs, Despite His Ties To Industry

Kaiser Health News, January 9, 2018
by Emmarie Huetteman

[...] Alex M. Azar II, the former president of the U.S. division of Eli Lilly and Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, presented himself as a “problem solver”… Read More

Long-Term Solution For CHIP Funding On Docket As Congress Returns To Jam-Packed Schedule

Kaiser Health News, January 2, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Right before the Christmas break, Congress plowed $3 billion into the Children's Health Insurance… Read More

India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans

Foreign Policy, January 2, 2018
by Daniel Block, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  Medical tourism thus presents both opportunities and risks. At its best, the industry can help India grow its health care system, using the revenues generated from international… Read More

Researchers Gather Health Data For ‘All Of Us’

NPR, December 31, 2017
by Richard Harris

Federal taxpayers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a quest for blood samples, medical information and fitness readouts from a million Americans. It's called the All of Us precision… Read More

Trump Administration Relaxes Financial Penalties Against Nursing Homes

Kaiser Health News, December 31, 2017
by Jordan Rau

The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in… Read More

‘What Are We Going to Do About Tyler?’

ProPublica, December 28, 2017
by Sarah Smith, photos by Mike Belleme

[...] Tyler didn’t fall through any cracks. Mississippi didn’t lose track of him. A review of available records suggests that Mississippi may well have the worst record of any state for prolonged… Read More

Opioid abuse in the U.S. is so bad it’s lowering life expectancy.

Washington Post, December 28, 2017
by Amanda Erickson

For the second year in a row, life expectancy in the United States has dropped. It is not hard to understand why: In 2016, there was a 21 percent rise in the number of deaths caused by drug overdoses,… Read More

E.P.A. Wanted Years to Study Lead Paint Rule. It Got 90 Days.

New York Times, December 27, 2017
by Lisa Friedman

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its nearly 17-year-old standard for dangerous levels of lead in paint and dust within one year,… Read More

As List Of Banned Words Sparks Firestorm, HHS Reiterates Support Of ‘Best Scientific Evidence’

Kaiser Health News, December 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The Trump administration informed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies that they… Read More

ACA Outreach Cutbacks, Shorter Enrollment Window Likely To Hurt Vulnerable Populations

Kaiser Health News, December 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The health law sparked some of the biggest gains in coverage for minority populations. But those same populations… Read More

In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court

New York Times, December 17, 2017
by Jan Hoffman

[...] Across the country, tens of thousands of people are dying from abuse of prescription opioids. Here in the capital of the Cherokee Nation, the epidemic is exacting an additional, deeply painful price.… Read More

Easing the Burden on Caregivers

New York Times, December 15, 2017
by Maureen Towey

[...] A new program in Hawaii, the Kupuna Caregivers Act, is designed to help lift some of the burden on people caring for an elderly family member at home by paying them stipends of up to $70 a day.… Read More

Kellyanne Conway leading an ‘opioids cabinet,’ as she assumes more active policy role

STAT, December 14, 2017
by Lev Facher

WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, has been leading weekly meetings at the White House with officials across a dozen federal departments to develop a plan to respond to… Read More

Full Professor for Quantitative Methods in Public Health and Health Services Research
UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Tirol, Austria

Deadline: January 31, 2018

General Description: UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology is an accredited private university owned by the Federal State of Tyrol and the University of Innsbruck with… Read More

Deadline Is Friday For Most ACA Insurance Sign-Ups, With Important Exceptions

NPR, December 12, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

Open enrollment on the federal health law's marketplace — — ends Friday, and most people who want a plan for next year need to meet the deadline. But some consumers who miss… Read More

New CDC head faces questions about financial conflicts of interest

Washington Post, December 11, 2017
by Lena H. Sun and Alice Crites

ATLANTA — After five months in office, President Trump’s new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been unable to divest financial holdings that pose potential… Read More

When Buying Prescription Drugs, Some Pay More With Insurance Than Without It

ProPublica, December 9, 2017
by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Katie Thomas, The New York Times

[...] In an era when drug prices have ignited public outrage and insurers are requiring consumers to shoulder more of the costs, people are shocked to discover they can sometimes get better deals… Read More

USDA Opens Door For States To Impose New Rules On Food Stamps

NPR, December 7, 2017
by Grant Gerlock

The delivery of federal food benefits for millions of low-income people is likely to change after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it'll allow states more flexibility in how they… Read More

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

ProPublica, December 7, 2017
by by Nina Martin, ProPublica, and Renee Montagne, NPR

[...] In recent years, as high rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. have alarmed researchers, one statistic has been especially concerning. According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S.… Read More

Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018

Washington Post, December 6, 2017
by Jeff Stein

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans will aim next year to reduce spending on both federal health care and anti-poverty programs, citing the need to reduce… Read More

Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix

Kaiser Health News, December 6, 2017
by Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth and Daniel Trielli

[...] Residents of this area visit hospitals for asthma flare-ups at more than four times the rate of people from the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, according to data analyzed by Kaiser Health… Read More

Individual Mandate Repeal Included In Senate Tax Bill Despite Dire Warnings About Market Instability

Kaiser Health News, December 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The House -- which did not include repeal of the individual mandate -- and the Senate still need to reconcile… Read More

If CVS’s $69B Deal To Buy Aetna Holds Up To Federal Scrutiny

Kaiser Health News, December 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Together, the companies touch most of the basic health services that people regularly use, and the merger could… Read More

Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay the price.

Vox, December 4, 2017
by Sarah Kliff

[...] There are 141 million visits to the emergency room each year, and nearly all of them (including Saifan’s) have a charge for something called a facility fee. This is the price of walking… Read More

GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security

Washington Post, December 1, 2017
by Jeff Stein

High-ranking Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other… Read More

States Sound Warning That Kids’ Health Insurance Is At Risk

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Selena Simmons-Duffin and Ashley Lopez, KUT

This week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.… Read More

Republican Tax Bill Proves Congress Wasn’t Done With Health Policy

Kaiser Health News, December 1, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The GOP tax plan includes a range of health-related provisions -- key among them is language that would eliminate… Read More

The Breakthrough: A Reporter Goes to Ground Zero for Today’s American HIV Epidemic

ProPublica, December 1, 2017
by Joaquin Sapien

A few years ago, freelance journalist Linda Villarosa thought she was done covering HIV. She had accomplished plenty — front page stories for The New York Times, articles in Essence magazine. She… Read More

Euthanasia Law Passes in Australia for First Time

New York Times, December 1, 2017
by Adam Baidawi

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday became the country’s first to legalize assisted dying. After a two and a half years of debate and amendments, Victoria’s… Read More

Texas parents wait in limbo as policymakers struggle to save Children’s Health Insurance Program

TexasTribune, November 30, 2017
by Matthew Choi and Claire Allbright

It’s been two months since inaction in Congress put health insurance for more than 400,000 Texas children in jeopardy, and for people like Raquel Cruz, the uncertainty is taking a toll.… Read More

How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Samantha Raphaelson

A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise.… Read More

The Health 202

The Washington Post, November 30, 2017
by Paige Winfield Cunninghamm, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: If the opioid epidemic was simply a problem of supply – people being able to access drugs too easily – than a targeted new effort in Appalachia announced… Read More

Call for Papers on the History of Public Health
Public Health Reports

Deadline: Various

Call for Papers on the History of Public Health: Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the Journal, Public Health Reports Public Health Reports (PHR) invites submitted articles on the general topic of the… Read More

Research Fellow
Center for Public Health Law, Temple University

Deadline: Open until filled (rolling admissions)

The Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) supports the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of law on health. The Center works by developing… Read More

AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER: Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics

Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, March 2018
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (former Executive Director), Urs Gasser, and Effy Vayena

About the Book: When data from all aspects of our lives can be relevant to our health - from our habits at the grocery store and our Google searches to our FitBit data and our medical records - can we… Read More

Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Jenny Gold

It has been nearly a decade since Congress passed the Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act, with its promise to make mental health and substance abuse treatment just as easy to get as care… Read More

Hospital Improperly Billed Patients For Rape Exams, Says New York Attorney General

NPR, November 28, 2017
by Laurel Wamsley

An investigation by New York's attorney general found that the Brooklyn Hospital Center improperly billed dozens of patients for the cost of forensic rape exams. The exams, known as rape kits, are… Read More

A Hospital Charged $1,877 to Pierce a 5-Year-Old’s Ears. This Is Why Health Care Costs So Much.

ProPublica, November 28, 2017
by Marshall Allen

[...] Surgical ear piercings are rare, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit that maintains a database of commercial health insurance claims. The institute could only find a few dozen… Read More

Heated And Deep-Pocketed Battle Erupts Over 340B Drug Discount Program

Kaiser Health News, November 28, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble

A 25-year-old federal drug discount program has grown so big and controversial that it faces a fight for survival as federal officials and lawmakers furiously debate the program’s reach. The program,… Read More

Federal Tax Plan Could Cause Problems For Puerto Rico’s Medical Manufacturers And Hurricane Recovery

NPR, November 27, 2017
by Greg Allen and Marisa Penaloza

[...] after Hurricane Maria, manufacturers in Puerto Rico are now facing what some are calling a potential man-made disaster. It's a provision in the tax bill that recently passed the House that would… Read More

Colorado Warns Residents Congress Is About to Let Children’s Health Insurance Funding Run Out

Slate, November 27, 2017
by Ben Mathis Lilley

Colorado has notified residents that the federally funded Children's Health Insurance Program will shut down in early 2018 if Congress doesn't act to renew funding that expired on Sept. 30; the… Read More

Veterans are key as surge of states okay medical pot for PTSD

STAT, November 26, 2017
by Associated Press

[...] Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled in the last two years, according to data compiled by the… Read More

44 state attorneys general want repeal of law that curbed DEA powers

Washington Post, November 14, 2014
by Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham

Forty-four state attorneys general asked Congress on Tuesday to repeal a law that effectively strips the Drug Enforcement Administration of potent weapons against large drug companies that have allowed… Read More

Murkowski, A Key GOP Swing Vote, Signals Support For Repealing Individual Mandate

Kaiser Health News, November 22, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Murkowski, A Key GOP Swing Vote, Signals Support For Repealing Individual Mandate A spokesperson for Sen. Lisa… Read More

What The Industry Knew About Sugar’s Health Effects, But Didn’t Tell Us

NPR, November 21, 2017
by Allison Aubrey

Back in the 1960s, the fact that our diets influence the risk of heart disease was still a new idea. And there was a debate about the role of fats and the role of sugar. The sugar industry got involved… Read More

Displaced Puerto Ricans Face Obstacles Getting Health Care

Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2017
by Paula Andalo

From the article: The federal government has granted people affected by the devastating hurricanes that wracked coastal states and Puerto Rico 15 extra days to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable… Read More

Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments

New York Times, November 20, 2017
by Katie Hafner and Griffin Palmer

From the article: The New York Times analyzed Medicare billing data for dermatology from 2012 through 2015, as well as a national database of medical services maintained by the American Medical Association… Read More

Marketplace Would Be Fundamentally Rocked With Repeal Of Individual Mandate

Kaiser Health News, November 16, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Media outlets offer a look at what would happen to the Affordable Care Act exchanges if lawmakers include repeal… Read More

Desperate Quest For Herpes Cure Launched ‘Rogue’ Trial

Kaiser Health News, October 19, 2017
by Marisa Taylor, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: As 20 Americans and Brits flew to a Caribbean island for a controversial herpes vaccine trial, many of them knew there were risks. The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged… Read More

Contraceptive Coverage and the Balance Between Conscience and Access

JAMA, October 19, 2017
by Ronit Y. Stahl and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: When the Obama administration included contraception in the essential benefits package to be covered by employer-sponsored health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, it sought… Read More

Call for Abstracts: Public Health Law Conference 2018
The Network for Public Health Law, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Deadline: December 15, 2017

We are accepting abstracts for proposed panels and individual presentations for the 2018 National Public Health Law Conference. We encourage submission of abstracts related to this year's Conference… Read More

Letter to Allergan plc

The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, October 3, 2017
by By Trey Gowdy, Elijah E. Cummings, Dennis A. Ross, and Peter Welch, citing blog post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the letter: On September 8, 2017, your company announced the trans r of six patents related to its Restasis drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe. 1 The unconventional maneuver has received considerable… Read More

Bioinformatics and Data Science for Public Health
Silent Spring Institute

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description: Silent Spring Institute seeks a versatile bioinformatician, data scientist, machine learning expert, or statistician to tackle big data problems in environmental health and cancer… Read More

How Gene Cloning In Pigs Could Help Humans Fight Disease

Greater Boston (WGBH, Boston), August 15, 2017
by Jim Braude, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

For the next great medical advancement, look not to the test tube, but to the farm. Experiments that were done here in Boston could make it possible to one-day transplant organs from pics into people.… Read More

Academic Fellow Alum Matthew J. B. Lawrence Joins Faculty at Dickinson Law (Penn State)

Dickinson Law, Penn State University, August 1, 2017

Matthew J.B. Lawrence has joined the faculty of Penn State’s Dickinson Law as assistant professor of law. An expert in the fields of health law and administrative law, Lawrence will teach Health… Read More

Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience!

Petrie-Flom Center, July 21, 2017

We’re excited to announce our 2017–2018 Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience, Francis X. Shen! Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience The Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience,… Read More

Public Health Fellowship in Government
American Public Health Association

Deadline: August 14, 2017

The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in… Read More

Katherine Kraschel Joins Solomon Center as New Executive Director

Yale Law School, July 7, 2017

From the article: “I am delighted to welcome Katie to the Solomon Center,” said Professor Abbe R. Gluck ’00, Faculty Director for the Solomon Center. “Having worked with her for… Read More

FDA to Speed Review of Generic Drug Applications Until It’s Approved Three of Them

STAT News, June 27, 2017
by Rebecca Robins, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday moved to try to spur more competition in the market for generic drugs, an effort aimed at driving down prices. In a policy change,… Read More

The Case for Giving Health-Care Consumers a ‘Nudge’

Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2017
by Lisa Ward, interviewing Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

The Case for Giving Health-Care Consumers a ‘Nudge:’ A law professor argues that people will make better choices if they’re asked the right way For example, some states encourage child… Read More

Panel: Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives

The New York Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2017
by Panel featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Amrit Ray, Matthew Rotelli, Steve Usdin, and Robert Walker

On June 21, 2017, Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch participated in a panel discussion on "Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives," which was part of the conference… Read More

This Pharma Company Won’t Commit to Fairly Pricing a Zika Vaccine You Helped Pay For

The Huffington Post, June 9, 2017
by Alexander C. Kaufman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: “The incentives for any one company to raise its prices or engage in questionable conduct are quite high, while the incentives for the industry as a whole to corral and police its… Read More

ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2017
by Abbe R. Gluck, Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and Peter D. Jacobson

From the post: The Supreme Court has once again been called on to mediate the boundaries of a far-reaching, infamously complex, federal employee benefits law. And once again this law may have… Read More

From the Technical to the Personal: Teaching and Learning Health Insurance Regulation and Reform

Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 61, no. 411
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), Whitney A. Brown, and Lindsay Cutler

From the article: In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive semester. In this repeat loop, one thing has become increasingly clear: the aspect of this survey course… Read More

How a Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges could have a big impact on drug prices

STAT News, May 30, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: A Supreme Court ruling on international printer cartridge sales could have major implications for, of all things, drug pricing and global health. The case in question involves patents,… Read More

Legal Roundtable: Discussing abortion restrictions, health care, Supreme Court developments and more

St. Louis Public Radio, May 30, 2017
by Kelly Moffitt, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the radio episode: On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Legal Roundtable panel returned to discuss pressing issues of the law. They discussed a number of topics, starting with national issues… Read More

Roster exemptions for players with concussions could draw vote from NFL owners

USA Today, May 22, 2017
by Tom Pelissero, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article: A short-term injured reserve for players diagnosed with a concussion was among 76 recommendations included in a Harvard Law School report — based on research funded by the NFL Players… Read More

Why Successful Post-Season Runs Make People Lose Their Minds About Concussions

Forbes, May 16, 2017
by Lee Igel, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article: Were either or both Crosby and Harden suffering the effects of a head injury, yet seeing game action? Appearances can be deceiving. In addition to medical personnel assessing a player's… Read More

Angel investors are the first stop in a new era of drug development

Newsworks, May 11, 2017
by Elana Gordon, quoting Rachel Sachs

From the article: So is this really the best way to develop new healthcare technologies and therapies? "So there are pros and there are cons," said Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in… Read More

ORDER NOW & GET 20% OFF! 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: While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilitate religious accommodation and protection of conscience. Finding this balance is critical to addressing… Read More

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: Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices for new drugs and enormous price hikes on old drugs have focused public ire on the pharmaceutical… Read More

As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents

STAT News, April 24, 2017
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could not think of another instance when a pharmaceutical company sued to protect the status of its medication… Read More

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 promote the science. From the op-ed: Many aspects of Ms. Lacks’s story reflect genuine injustice: the… Read More

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: “I think they're waiting for Gottlieb to set his priorities, and they'll move forward… Read More

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: One Harvard University law professor says that the NHL should overhaul its medical structure to free team doctors and trainers from any real or perceived conflicts of interest. Glenn… Read More

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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As compared with some of the other people whose names were floated… Read More

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: That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel is an especially good model in both its composition — expertise in law, medicine, medical science,… Read More

Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
Harvard Law School

Deadline: This position has been filled.

Duties & Responsibilities The Executive Director works in partnership with the Faculty Director on strategic planning and vision for the Center, and oversees the Center’s staff, activities, and… Read More

UPCOMING! Annual Health Law Conference: Between Complacency & Panic

Northeastern University School of Law, April 14, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the event:  Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola and the Zika virus pose potentially grave threats to human health. They can also incite overreations that lead to the scapegoating… Read More

Research Scholar Positions in Public Health Law & Policy
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Deadline: March 31, 2017, 5 PM MST

Position Announcement: The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is seeking applicants for up to 2 positions as Research Scholars in its Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)… Read More

edX Course: The Opioid Crisis in America
Harvard University

Deadline: Class begins March 27, 2017

About this course Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and many others. Every… Read More

Maryland Goes a Step Further to Rein in Drug Price Spikes

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 27, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] The bill has drawn criticism from industry groups and others who say such independent audits would be overly burdensome for industry and that the $2500 threshold might include too many drugs… Read More

Ethical Considerations for Zika Virus Human Challenge Trials

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), February 2017
by Seema K. Shah, Jonathan Kimmelman, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), et al.

From the report: Zika virus is an emerging infectious disease that was first identified in 1947, and that has more recently become a major public health threat around the world. Zika virus has recently… Read More

Lawmakers urge US Army not to issue exclusive license to Sanofi for a Zika vaccine

Stat, February 22, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

This article is behind a paywall. Read More

Express Scripts CEO addresses drug pricing ‘misinformation’

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 17, 2017
by Samantha Liss, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Typically, after dispensing drugs to patients, a drug manufacturer will write Express Scripts a rebate check. That timing can expose some patients, especially those with high deductibles, to the… Read More

Using Social Media as a Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations

The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 17, 2017 - Issue 3
by Luke Gelinas, Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Barbara Bierer

Part of the Petrie-Flom Center's collaboration with the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science… Read More

What Experts in Law and Medicine Have to Say About the Cost of Drugs

The Health Care Blog, February 2, 2017
by Andy Oram, on PFC's 5th Annual Health Law Year in P/Review Conference

From the article; Pharmaceutical drug costs impinge heavily on consumers’ consciousness, often on a monthly basis, and have become such a stress on the public that they came up repeatedly among both… Read More

The Trump-era Supreme Court could erode abortion access with a ‘death by 1,000 cuts’

Business Insider, February 1, 2017
by Rebecca Harrington, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Glenn Cohen, a health-law expert and professor at Harvard Law School, said two kinds of laws provide the most likely paths for SCOTUS to overturn or undermine Roe. The first are known… Read More

CDC Fall 2017 Externships in Public Health Law
CDC’s Public Health Law Program

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Description Law has been critical in achieving public health goals and serves as the foundation for governmental public health practice in the United States. Many of public health's greatest successes,… Read More

Federal Circuit Court Appeal Cites Rachel E. Sachs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, January 13, 2017, No. 17-1480
by Paul D. Clement et al., citing work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)


How Donald Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Endangers Women

New York Times, December 28, 2016
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna) and Jill R. Horwitz

LOS ANGELES — With the selection of Representative Tom Price as secretary of health and human services, President-elect Donald J. Trump has taken a giant step toward undermining the health… Read More

What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity

HealthAffairs Blog, December 22, 2016
by Nathaniel Counts (Student Fellow alumnus), Timothy Clement, Amanda Mauri, Paul Gionfriddo, and Garry Carneal

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been law since 2008. MHPAEA provided that health plans could not limit mental health or substance use disorder benefits in a way… Read More

Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations

Boston Globe, December 6, 2016
by Jonathan Salzman and Jenn Abelson

From the article: A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that has roiled Massachusetts General… Read More

Online J-Term Health Law Courses
875 Summit Ave. | St. Paul, MN 55105

Deadline: January 02, 2017

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law Health Law Institute is pleased to offer two online health law courses in January 2017!                        … Read More

Global Health Graduate Student Research Seminars (Call for Harvard Student Submissions)
Harvard Global Health Institute

Deadline: November 15, 2016

The seminars bring together graduate students from across Harvard University to exchange research ideas in a multidisciplinary setting as they engage with challenging problems related to global health. Graduate… Read More

Regulating Off-Label Promotion — A Critical Test

NEJM, November 2, 2016
by Christopher Robertson, JD, PhD (Academic Fellow Alumnus) and Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH (Faculty Affiliate)

Petrie-Flom Academic Alumnus Christopher T. Robertson and Faculty Affiliate Aaron S. Kesselheim have coauthored a new Perspective article in NEJM on recent judicial decisions regarding… Read More

ORDER NOW & RECEIVE 30% OFF: Nudging Health

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

Abstract of the Introduction:  This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Christopher T. Robertson,… Read More