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The MBA’s Health Law Section is designed to improve the professional competence of attorneys dealing with health care issues through seminars and publications. It strives to bring together all members interested in the practice and delivery of health care.


Brown Bag Lunch | HIPAA Compliance 101 -- Mon., Dec. 15, 2014 12-1:30 pm

Join us on Monday, December 15th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. for a brown bag luncheon on “HIPAA Compliance 101 for Solo Practitioners.” Kathryn Sylvia, Nixon Peabody LLP, and MBA Health Law Section Council... MORE

Annual Health Law Conference - June 19, 2014

Register for the Annual Health Law Conference on June 19, 2014 from 9am-2:30pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

The conference will feature Keynote Speaker David Seitz, Executive Director of the... MORE

Health Law Event - UMASS Medical School

SAVE THE DATE: The Health Law Section is hosting a health law program on April 30, 2014 from 9-noon at the UMASS Medical School. The topics for discussion include the impact of medicare and medicaid... MORE


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  1. Health Law Section Council Meeting

    Jan 13, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM (ET)
    Boston, MA


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  • Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong

    The Affordable Care Act’s New Requirements on Charitable Hospital Organizations

    Health Law (HL)

    Consumer medical debt is usually unanticipated and frequently unforeseeable, especially where an individual or family unexpectedly finds that they are diagnosed with serious medical conditions or require urgent medical services. Despite having private or public insurance, however, some consumers may be exposed to unaffordable medical bills and charges because of high deductible or increased cost sharing employer sponsored insurance, out-of-network medical services incurred -- particularly... MORE

  • David Harlow

    Google Hangout on Air: Health Care Online Marketing, Social Media and HIPAA

    Health Law (HL)

    I recently spoke with Jon Schumacher and Michael Bloom on Health Jams -- a Google HOA series on marketing for health care entrepreneurs. This installment is a primer on health care social media, online marketing and use of online tools (including telehealth) by folks in the healthcare space and just over the line in other domains as well. Please feel free to connect here or elsewhere on line to continue the conversation. David Harlow The Harlow Group LLC Health... MORE

  • Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong

    Survival of the Commonwealth’s Rural Hospital System

    Health Law (HL)

    Low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates, increased uncompensated care to residents, and rising medical costs are factors contributing to the decreased sustainability of community hospitals. Some hospitals had previously invoked protections as federally designated critical access facilities , under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which provides increased Medicare reimbursement rates; however, many h ospitals in disadvantaged geographic areas of the Commonwealth are vulnerable... MORE

  • David Harlow

    #FDAsm - FDA Releases Draft Social Media Guidance Five Years After Public Hearing

    Health Law (HL)

    Five years after its most recent public hearing on the subject of social media marketing of drugs and medical devices, the FDA released a draft Guidance for Industry Internet/Social Media Platforms with Character Space Limitations— Presenting Risk and Benefit Information for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices . Publication was prompted by a statutory deadline in the FDASIA, and there is a 90-day comment period now open. It's a little disappointing that it literally took an act... MORE

  • David Harlow

    The Iceberg Waiting for Your Health Care Data

    Health Law (HL)

    The Heartbleed web security exploit was first publicized a month or so ago. In the time since then, numerous web-based services have let their users know (some more clearly than others) whether and how their data security was compromised by this OpenSSL flaw that has been open for about two years. This is one flaw, one exploit, but on a scale of 1 to 10, it has registered as an 11 on our collective consciousness. Fred Trotter notes in the MIT Technology Review that other similarly... MORE


Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong (left), chair
Donald  Whitmore (right), vice chair

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Jayne B.Tyrrell, executive director of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts program, is the the June Access to Justice Member of the Month.

Tyrrell's dedication to the core values of the section inspires everyone who comes in contact with her," MBA President Edward W. McIntyre said.

Tyrrell has worked with IOLTA for nearly two decades. After first approving IOLTA as a voluntary program in 1985, the Supreme Judicial Court made it mandatory in 1989. Tyrrell was hired as a consultant at that time to help with the transition of the new requirements of all participating attorneys to keep nominal, short-term client deposits in interest-bearing accounts. Following that transition, she accepted the offer to serve as executive director and 20 years later, remains passionate about her influential role.
Tyrrell's dedication to the core values of the section inspires everyone who comes in contact with her," MBA President Edward W. McIntyre said


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