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Winter 2014 Health Law Reporter Preview

The events of April 15, 2013 affected all of us greatly.  Jamie Katz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides his thoughts on BIDMC’s response to the bombings as well as the challenges that confronted the Medical Center during the days that followed.  Beyond the operational demands that an influx of traumatically injured patients’ places on any hospital, the Medical Center also had to cope with the needs of its existing patient census, the demands of the press, and, importantly, the emotional toll the events took on its clinicians and the victims.  Attorney Katz also discusses the challenges that arose when the two bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were brought to BIDMC for treatment.  While many articles have been written about the events of April 15, 2013, Attorney Katz’s personal account of an organization that rose to the occasion in the face of tremendous pressures in the days following the bombings is not to be missed. View his entire article, here.

The full upcoming issue of the Health Law Reporter, which is scheduled for publication in the next few weeks, will also feature an interview with Lois Johnson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, a discussion regarding the failed Massachusetts ballot question on the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, and an article regarding the interplay between the Attorney General’s authority, antitrust considerations, and the Health Policy Commissions objectives as it relates to hospital consolidation in the Massachusetts marketplace.

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.