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Hospital Mergers & Antitrust Laws in the Age of the ACA

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  Healthcare Economics and Management, HealthcarePolicy2016, In the Courts, Recent  /  1 Comment

In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, changing the landscape of the American healthcare system forever. One of those changes constitutes an increase in hospital mergers and acquisitions by encouraging collaborative care; the ACA offers financial … Continue Reading

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Considering Connecticut Youth Forced Into Chemotherapy

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  HealthcarePolicy2016, In the Courts, Recent  /  No Comments

In September 2014, a 17 year old Connecticut teenager identified in court documents only as “Cassandra C” was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and ordered by the state to undergo chemotherapy treatment for the disease. After … Continue Reading

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King v. Burwell: How Potent is the Latest Threat to Obamacare?

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  HealthcarePolicy2016, In the Courts, Recent  /  No Comments

On March 4th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for King v. Burwell, the latest case that threatens to derail the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The act was intended to reduce the number of uninsured people in two

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Abortion Legislation in Texas

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Health Policy, In the Courts, Recent  /  1 Comment

On July 18, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2, “an act relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities; providing penalties”, into law, introducing four new restrictions regarding abortion. The first regulation prohibited all abortions … Continue Reading

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Obamacare in Limbo – Federal Courts Still Indecisive

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Healthcare Economics and Management, In the Courts, Recent  /  2 Comments

Only two years removed from a monumental ruling, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is headed back to the Supreme Court.

While its last trial revolved around the constitutionality of a presidential mandate, Obamacare is now under fire for a provision … Continue Reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Human Gene Patent

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, In the Courts  /  No Comments

It is no longer possible for companies to patent biological matter, regardless of whether the matter is within or removed from its natural state.

 

According to a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court, “A naturally occurring DNA … Continue Reading

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A New Era of Stem Cell Research

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  Bioethics, In the Courts  /  No Comments

Nine months ago, the Supreme Court’s ruling on stem cell research redirected the path toward medical discovery. According to a recent article in the journal Nature, two stem cell researchers from the National Institute of Health filed a lawsuit intending … Continue Reading

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Assisted Suicide and the Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  In the Courts  /  No Comments

In an era of aging populations, advancing medical care, and soaring end of life medical expenses, the ethical and moral implications of end of life treatment are forced into the forefront of bioethical debate. From this arises the inevitable question … Continue Reading

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Frivolous Lawsuits and How We Perceive Them

By   /  December 5, 2011  /  In the Courts  /  3 Comments

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Frivolous lawsuits in the American legal system make rousing news stories and attention-grabbing headlines. They are usually health-related cases in which the plaintiff accuses the defendants of significant mental and physical damages. However, many are not … Continue Reading

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Malpractice Lawsuits in the US: Trends over Time and How Recent Reductions in Damage Awards Could Change Medicine

By   /  December 5, 2011  /  In the Courts  /  11 Comments

A physician by the name of Dr. Richard Viscarello walked into the delivery room of the Maternal Fetal Care clinic in Stamford, CT on Februrary 2, 2003 to perform a routine procedure, according to a 2011 article written by Matthew … Continue Reading

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