IN THIS ISSUE: Fall/Winter 2013

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David Sontag, Jerry Tichner, and Meg Cosgrove
Co-editors, Health Law Reporter

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, we reflect not only on the tragic scene that unfolded that day but also on the tremendous displays of community and the human spirit that followed thereafter.  Each person affected has their own story to tell; however, Jamie Katz, General Counsel and a Senior Vice President at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides a unique perspective in his article on the Medical Center’s response to the bombings as well as the challenges it was confronted with when both suspects, Tamarlan and Dzohkar Tsarnaev, were brought to the Medical Center for treatment.

We are also excited that Julie Myers from the Attorney General’s office was able to spend some time with Lois Johnson, General Counsel of the Health Policy Commission.  In her interview, Julie garnered insights from Lois about the mission of the HPC as well as ways in which the Commonwealth continues to be on the cutting edge of health care policy in the United States.

In addition, this edition of the Reporter includes an assessment of the public health issues underlying the tanning salon industry and the dangers associated with an apparent lack of enforcement related to the false and deceptive advertisements issued by certain members of the industry.  Robert Ciccia suggests that a litigation strategy similar to that employed in the cigarette industry for its “light” cigarettes may be a viable solution to the issue. 

This edition includes summaries on four recent health law cases in Massachusetts addressing topics ranging from commitment under G.L. c. 123, § 7 to the awarding of treble damages under the Massachusetts Wage Act.

On a final note, we wanted to recognize the hard work of all of our authors and peer reviewers as well as the members of the Communication Committee who work to ensure that this publication remains the preeminent  snapshot of current developments in health law and policy in Massachusetts!

Opinion Pieces:

BIDMC and the Boston Marathon Bombings
By Jamie Katz

Litigating Tanning Salons in Massachusetts: A Policy Proposal
By Robert A. Ciccia

Policymaker Profile: Lois Johnson
By Julie Meyers

Health Law Case Briefs: 

In the Matter of C.B.
By Sarah E. Lowdon

HipSaver, Inc. v. Kiel
By Maggie Schmid

N.E. Physical Therapy Plus, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
By Tucker W. Wade

Alla Feygina v. Hallmark Health System, Inc., et al.
By Kelly McGee

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