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Health Law at SEALS Annual Conference

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

There are four 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 Specific areas of coverage include critiques of current (1) Medicare financing of graduate medical education, as both outdated and contributing to provider shortages in critical areas; (2) Medicaid coverage policies that prevent adequate home and community based services; (3)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.

  • 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.

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