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.