Sunday, July 26, 2015

Health Law at SEALS Annual Conference

I am at the Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton for the SEALS Annual conference.  



There are five long sessions focused on health law on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.




The Health Care System of Tomorrow


The future of the health care system depends on effective policy implementation tailored to the evolving landscape of regulatory constraints, delivery models, emerging technologies, and changing population needs. This panel will identify current legal and policy barriers to effective functioning of the health care system. Specific areas of coverage include critiques of current (1) Medicare financing of graduate medical education, as both outdated and contributing to provider shortages in critical areas; (2) Medicaid coverage policies that prevent adequate home and community based services; (3) approaches to regulating reproductive technologies, including oocyte cryopreservation and posthumous reproduction; and (4) Medicare payment policies that fail to recognize hospital influence on out-of-hospital treatment.

Presenters


  • Kelly Dineen - Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Laura Hermer - Hamline University School of Law

  • Browne Lewis - Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

  • Jessica Mantel - University of Houston Law Center

  • Seema Mohapatra - Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

  • Stacey Tovino - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law




Hot Issues in Law and Bioethics

Medical practice realities interact with law and ethics to profoundly impact patients and the nature of policy development. This discussion will focus on illustrative examples, including (1) end-of-life decision making (physician aid in dying, determination of brain death, assisting patients with advance directives, and the legacy of Schiavo), (2) the impact of difference, disability, and non-typical functioning on appropriate and equitable treatment, (3) the meaning of informed consent in different contexts, (4) public health approaches that negatively impact individuals, (5) genetic and reproductive technologies, and (6) routine provider practices that harm patients. The participants will discuss the implications of these and other issues, share current research, and recommend possible directions for inquiry and action.


  • Jennifer Bard - University of Cincinnati College of Law

  • Zack Buck - Mercer University Law School

  • Kathy Cerminara - Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law

  • Kelly Dineen - Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Fatma Marouf - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

  • Seema Mohapatra - Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

  • Moderator - Thaddeus Pope - Hamline University School of Law

  • Jessica Roberts - University of Houston Law Center

  • Joanna Sax - California Western School of Law

  • Stacey Tovino - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

  • Jessica Mantel - University of Houston Law Center

  • Bryn Esplin - Cleveland Clinic




King v. Burwell

King v. Burwell was one of the biggest cases decided by the Supreme Court this term. The case was the second major Obamacare decision by the Supreme Court and centered on whether the federal government can give subsidies to people who obtain health insurance on an exchange operated by the federal government in a state that has declined to set up its own exchange. The case raises questions about judicial review of agency statutory interpretation under the Chevron doctrine, states’ rights, and the Court’s interpretive posture with respect to major acts of Congress. Discussants from the disciplines of constitutional law, administrative law, health law, and tax law discuss the implications of the Court's decision.




  • Josh Blackman - South Texas College of Law

  • Erin Fuse Brown - Georgia State University College of Law

  • Andy Hessick - University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law

  • Abigail Moncrieff - Boston University School of Law

  • Eric Segall - Georgia State University College of Law

  • Sidney Watson - Saint Louis University School of Law

  • Russell Weaver - University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

  • Elizabeth Weeks Leonard - University of Georgia School of Law






New Scholars Colloquia - Healthcare Law


  • Professor Marie Boyd, University of South Carolina School of Law, Serving Up Allergy Labeling: A Proposal (Mentor: Professor Louis Virelli, Stetson University College of Law)

  • Professor Zack Buck, Mercer University Law School, The Fractured Fiduciary: Recasting the Duties of the Physician (Mentor: Professor Elizabeth Pendo, St. Louis University School of Law)

  • Professor Cora Walker, Saint Louis University School of Law, Medicaid Waivers: States as Laboratories for Payment and Delivery System Innovation to Address Disparities (Mentor: Professor Stacey Tovino, University of Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law)

  • Moderator - Alena Allen, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law




Current Issues in Reproductive Rights

In October 2014, Apple and Facebook announced that they would begin paying for egg freezing for their employees. Whether hailed as progress or a setback on women's rights, the announcement is symbolic of the significance of reproductive technologies to contemporary families. The law, however, lags behind technological developments. This discussion group will address the variety of legal issues that come about with technological advances in reproductive technology, such as parentage issues with sperm and egg donors, non-invasive prenatal diagnostic testing, commercial surrogacy, and proposed restrictions on assisted reproductive technologies. This discussion group will also address other issues related to reproductive rights, including Roe v. Wade then and now and the personhood movement.


  • Naomi Cahn - The George Washington University Law School

  • Judith Daar - Whittier Law School

  • Linda Fentiman - Pace University School of Law

  • Seema Mohapatra - Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

  • Jeffrey Parness - Northern Illinois University College of Law

  • Mary Ziegler - Florida State University College of Law

  • Browne Lewis - Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

  • Meredith Harbach - University of Richmond School of Law



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