The Program on Health Policy and Law provides a rich resource for faculty and students interested in public health law, health and human rights, health governance, intellectual property, bioethics, health care delivery law, and the regulation of our healthcare systems. It is guided by faculty with diverse areas of expertise — including law, pharmacy and nursing, economics, business administration and philosophy.

8:00 a.m.                          Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.                          Weclome

Dean Emily Spieler 

8:50 - 9:25 a.m.                Keynote Address 

Lewis Morris  '80: Health Care in an Era of Reform

Chief Counsel to the Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.                  Panel 1:  State Responses to Reform  

This panel looked at the implementation of the Affordable Care Act by the states as well as other reforms that are occurring at the state level. 


Thomas Bunnell '87, Director, Institute for Health, Law and Ethics, University of New Hampshire, School of Law
Thomas Dehner '98, Principal, Health Management Associates
Christie Hager, Regional Director, Department of Health and Human Services, Region One
Alice Weiss '97, Program Director, National Academy for State Health Policy (DC)
View Alice Weiss' presentation

Moderator:  NUSL Professor Kristin Madison

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.      Panel 2:  Private Sector Responses to the Challenges of Health Reform

The Affordable Care Act's reform of the health care system presents unique challenges and opportunities to private sector clients.  This panel, consisting of attorneys who represent different private sector actors (including providers and insurers), examined the questions private sector clients are facing as a result of health reform, as well as the ways that health care lawyers can guide their clients through the reform process.     

Joshua Abrams '97, Senior Attorney, Partners Healthcare
Lois Cornell '86, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and General Counsel, Tufts Associated Health Plans, Inc.
Daniel Roble, Partner, Ropes and Gray LLP
Moderator:  John Chesley '84, Partner, Health Care Group, Ropes & Gray LLP
View John Chesley's presentation 

12:20 - 1:15 p.m.                 Lunchtime Address

John McDonough:  The Fate of the Affordable Care Act

Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University School of Public Health.  John McDonough worked on national health reform for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy on his health committee staff.  He will discussed the law and the political implications of the Supreme Court hearing of the ACA case in March. 
View John McDonough's presentation

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.              Panel 3: Public Health Implications of Health Reform  

Although the Affordable Care Act primarily focuses on the reform of the health care system, it can also be considered a public health law.  Many of the ACA's provisions aim at enhancing the prevention of disease, including at the population level.  This panel looked at some of the ACA's public health provisions, as well as the statute's broader impact on public health.


Mark Gottlieb '93, Executive Director, Public Health Advocacy Institute.
View Mark Gottlieb's presentation
Donna Levin '78, General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 
(View Donna Levin's presentation)

Matthew McHugh '06, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Denise McWilliams '79, General Counsel, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts
Moderator:  NUSL Professor Wendy Parmet

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.     Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1:                      Careers in Health Law
Health law is a broad and diverse area of practice.  This panel included practitioners who work in a wide range of settings and on a varied set of issues.  The goal of this panel was to introduce students and recent graduates to the many different opportunities available in Health Law. 


Ann Ackil '91, Assistant Attorney General
Sarah Anderson '78, Managing Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services
Io Cyrus '02, Attorney, BCBS MA, Inc.
Amy Hudspeth '91, Associate General Counsel & Compliance Counsel, Lahey Clinic Medical Center
Mala Rafik '97, Managing Partner, Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan
Moderator:  Clare McGorrian '91, Consumer Health Law Counsel
(View Clare Mc'Gorrian's selected resources)

Breakout 2:                  Health Reform’s Impact on Special Populations   

This panel considered some of the special issues that vulnerable populations may face as health law reform is implemented, as well as the unique challenges faced by their lawyers.


Lester Blumberg '84, General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Ellen Bruce  '73, Director, Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts
Robert Crabtree '76, Partner, Kotin, Crabtree and Strong, LLP
Joshua Greenberg '93, Vice President, Government Relations, Children’s Hospital, Boston  

Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong, Senior Staff Attorney, Health Law Advocates
Moderator: NUSL Professor Aziza Ahmed  

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.     Networking Reception



We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of our Health Law Conference Steering group:

Wendy Parmet,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law
Joshua Abrams ’97, Senior Attorney, Partners Healthcare
Lindsey Cei ’13, Co-Chair, Health Law Society
John Chesley ’84, Partner-in-Charge, Health Care Group, Ropes & Gray LLP
Christine Desrosiers ’13
, Co-Chair Health Law Society
Clare McGorrian ’91
, Consumer Health Law Counsel
Golda Philip ’09,
US Dept. of Health and Human Services