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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.


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. How to Open a Real Estate Practice

    Apr 17, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Boston, MA
  2. Digital Forensics For Litigators

    Apr 22, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Boston, MA
  3. 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference

    Apr 24, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Boston, MA
  4. Central MA Health Care Conference

    Apr 30, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Worcester, MA
  5. Mock Trial: Current Issues under Padilla v. Kentucky

    May 5, 10:46 AM - 10:46 AM
    Boston, MA


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  • David Harlow

    Unlocking the Power of Health Data (published by iHealthBeat)

    Health Law (HL)

    A Perspectives piece I wrote was published this week by iHealthBeat - Unlocking the Power of Health Data . In it I argue for patient-controlled sharing of rich data, as opposed to HIPAA-regulated stripping of identifiers in order to eliminate the risk to patient privacy as data is shared for research and other purposes. Googler Larry Page and Josh Stevens of Keas have argued recently in favor of broader uses of health data, but the issue of HIPAA keeps coming up in those... MORE

  • David Harlow

    Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts: Is the Application Process Broken?

    Health Law (HL)

    On January 31, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that it had identified twenty provisionally-approved applicants for certificates of registration to operate medical marijuana dispensaries . DPH is running point for the state under the medical marijuana law passed in Massachusetts by ballot question in November 2012. Since the announcement, the local media have published innumerable stories raising questions about the medical marijuana dispensary application... MORE

  • David Harlow

    SGR Fix - Can This Really Be Happening?

    Health Law (HL)

    The Sustainable Growth Rate mechanism creating a zero-sum game for Medicare Part B reimbursement rates (dropping rates as volume picks up) has long been unsustainable, and so Congress has been messing around with short-term SGR fix legislation for years now. Every six to twelve months we've been hearing about the impending 20% or 30% Medicare pay cut about to hit physicians' pocketbooks, and the likely exit of physicians from the rolls of participating providers. However,... MORE

  • David Harlow

    Patients to Have Right to Access Lab Test Result Data

    Health Law (HL)

    The lab test result data access rule is finally final. See the HHS presser and the final rule , which is scheduled to be published today. What does this mean? In a nutshell, patients in all 50 states are now guaranteed the right to access the results of tests conducted by freestanding labs. (The right to test results from labs within hospitals, other health care facilities and physician offices has already been in place under HIPAA, and a handful of states have already guaranteed... MORE

  • David Harlow

    HIPAA Compliance and The Harlow Group LLC

    Health Law (HL)

    For years, I have been helping covered entities, business associates and downstream contractors understand HIPAA and other federal and state health care data privacy and security laws and regulations , and develop and maintain policies and procedures that will help them comply with the law. These businesses range from startups with consumer-facing or health care provider-facing apps and web-based services, to big data analytics shops to health care providers of all sorts. Now that... MORE


J. Michael Scully (left), chair
Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong (right), vice chair

Learn more about MBA Section Leadership.


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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