Turing Backs Down in the Face of Social Media Pressure, Not Law

By Teneille Brown for BiolawToday.org. Teneille Brown is a professor of law and adjunct professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah.  Social media feeds were ablaze last week when it was revealed that Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a life-saving toxoplasmosis drug, Daraprim, from $13.50 per tablet to $750 per tablet. Twitter […]

Reflections on Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap – Part 2

By 2L Kendra Brown for BioLawToday.org. As a summer project, medical students Spencer Merrick and John Sanchez created a film, Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap, in order to put faces to the people in Utah who are suffering due to the lack of the State’s willingness to accept the Medicaid expansion.[1] Though […]

Reflections on Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap – Part 1

By Kylie Orme for BioLawToday.org.  This month, the Alliance for a Better Utah and the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences premiered the new film Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The film addresses many important issues regarding Medicaid that impact Utahns right […]

HHS Proposes Update to Rules Governing Research on Study Participants

HHS announces proposal to update rules governing research on study participants. Proposed changes enhance protections for individuals involved in research, while modernizing rules and improving efficiency. Read the proposed HHS rules update »

The US 2020 HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Limits of ACA

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org, originally posted on Harvard Law “Bill of Health” blog. On July 30, the White House announced the updated 2020 HIV/AIDS strategy. The admirable vision of the strategy is that “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 3: the 21st Century Cures Act

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 3 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 | Read Part 2 The CURES bill, HR6, https://www.opencongress.org/bill/hr6-114/text, was introduced in the House of Representatives on May 19 and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means Committee.  The bill received unanimous support two […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 2: EHR Certification 2015 NPRM

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 2 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 | Read Part 3 HHS published the NPRM for the 2015 edition of certification for EHRs on March 30, 2015, https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/30/2015-06612/2015-edition-health-information-technology-health-it-certification-criteria-2015-edition-base.  Comments are due May 29, 2015.  The goals of this rulemaking are supporting interoperability with new vocabulary and content standards for structured recording […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 1: Meaningful Use NPRM

By Leslie Francis for BiolawToday.org. First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 1 of a three-part series. Read Part 2 | Read Part 3 The NPRM on Meaningful Use (MU) stage 3 is out and comments are due shortly (May 29), https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/30/2015-06685/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-electronic-health-record-incentive-program-stage-3#h-14.  MU-3 is the final stage of the program and although it contains some very real progress it continues the […]

Does HIPAA preempt state law claims related to privacy of individually identifiable health information?

By Cullen Archer for BiolawToday.org.   Introduction The Supremacy Clause provides that the Constitution, and Laws and Treaties made pursuant to it, “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”[1] Accordingly, if there is a conflict between federal law and state law, the latter is preempted. The difficulty is determining whether state or local law should […]

Capital Punishment, Medical Science, and 10th Circuit States

By Danny Barber for BiolawToday.org blog: In April of last year, Oklahoma gained unfortunate notoriety when its lethal injection procedures failed to adequately sedate Clayton Lockett. The execution required over forty minutes to complete.[1] It was explained afterwards that one of the drugs in the lethal mixture failed to enter the inmate’s bloodstream, and ultimately failed […]