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Health Law Reporter Fall/Winter 2012

Monday, February 11, 2013
The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of the Health Law Reporter is now available! 
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In light of national and local focus on electronic health record-related and medical privacy issues, BBA Health Law Section Members and readers of the Health Law Reporter have increasingly expressed interest in articles relevant to the world of eHealth and electronic medical information.  Through their contributions to this issue, a number of our authors address these topics head on.  In particular, this issue features articles discussing the Massachusetts Health Information Exchange, recent privacy-related enforcement actions, and a policymaker profile of the Director of Massachusetts’ eHealth Institute.

Not to be overshadowed, this issue also includes insightful articles addressing the significant growth of the Medical-Legal Partnership model (which involves collaboration between health care and legal aid providers) and a recent CMS demonstration project addressing individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.  These articles, combined with four case briefs addressing recent decisions, further our efforts to keep our readers up-to-date as to current trends and issues in our industry.

We thank each of our authors for their significant efforts and contributions!

Opinion Pieces:

By:  John D. Halamka MD, CIO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Manu Tandon, CIO EOHHS; Micky Tripathi, CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative; and Laurance Stuntz, CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Institute.

By: Cassandra H. Arriaza and Sarah W. Walsh (LibbyHoopes, P.C.)

By:  Samantha Morton, Executive Director, Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston 

By: Margaretta Homsey Kroeger, Esq.

Policymaker Profile:

By:  David Sontag, Associate General Counsel, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Case Briefs:

Boston Medical Center Corporation & Another vs. Secretary of The Executive Office Of Health and Human Services (and a Consolidated Case ). 463 MASS. 447 (denying multiple hospitals’ claims alleging that EOHHS has failed to adequately reimburse for services rendered to MassHealth)
By: Andrew Rusczek (Verrill Dana)

Commonwealth vs. Dung van Tran (463 Mass 8) (discussing the application of the psychotherapist-patient privilege, and the standards for waiver of that privilege, in the context of a Murder trial)
By: Margaret Schmid (Donoghue, Barret & Singal)

Paula Tartarini vs. Department of Mental Retardation (82 Mass. App. Ct. 217) (discussing the mental capability standards for determining eligibility for DMR services).
By: Devin Cohen (McDermott Will & Emery)

Joseph A. Grocela, M.D., et. al. vs. The General Hospital Corporation dba Massachusetts General Hospital et al. (30 Mass. L. Rep. 176) (denying Plaintiff’s claims that the Hospital’s application of its intellectual property Policy resulted in unfair restraint on trade and violations of privacy.)
By: Sophie Wang (Choate, Hall & Stewart)

Health Law Committees

  • Health Law Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to health law practitioners. If you are interested in an editorial position or publishing an article, please contact the Co-Chairs.

    Contact Information

    Jerome B. Tichner

    McDermott Will & Emery

    (617) 535-4000

    Phillip Rakhunov

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    (617) 338-2990

    David N Sontag

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    (617) 667-1875

  • Health Law Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover health law issues. This committee promotes and oversees the educational programs for the Health Law Section, including the monthly Brown Bag Lunch speaker series and several in-depth seminar programs.

    Contact Information

    Susan Elizabeth Brown

    Minuteman Health, Inc.

    (857) 265-3322

    Ingrid Schupbach Martin

    Collora LLP

    (617) 371-1022

    Joel K. Goloskie

    CharterCARE Health Partners

    (617) 771-1154

  • Health Law Membership Committee
    This committee aims to increase participation in the Section through outreach activities.

    Contact Information

    Christine G. Savage

    Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    (617) 248-4084

    Kimberly Haddad

    Executive Office of Administration and Finance

    (617) 216-1917

    Daria Niewenhous

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 348-4865

  • Health Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Health law attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Karbert S. Ng

    Health Policy Commission

    (617) 979-1400

    Stephanie Richardson

    Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Inc.

    (617) 509-2108

  • Health Law Social Action Committee
    Take public service to a new level. Focusing on unique ways to engage members in the community, this committee is the proud publisher of the Children's Mental Health Guide and oversees other initiatives.

    Contact Information

    Catherine Annas

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    (617) 784-0147

    Michael David Beauvais

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (617) 951-7601

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.