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Limiting payments and ER visits
On October 6th and 7th, 2011 the newly created Center for Medicine and Law held its first event. The Center welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Thompson who is serving as Chief Medical Officer for Medicaid in the State of Washington. The State of Washington is a leader in searching for new ways to provide medical care to its poorer citizens, while staying within budget constraints that have become ever tighter during the economic downturn
In keeping with the mission of the Center, Dr. Thompson delivered a Grand Rounds Lecture at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and sought out a round-table meeting with the experts at the School of Law to discuss and seek the legal issues surrounding the limits that the State of Washington is seeking to place on its Medicaid program. The round-table discussion brought together professors from the University of Baltimore School of Law and George Washington School of Public Health.
Is Obama Care Constitutional?
On November 7th, 2011, the Center for Medicine and Law, jointly with the University of Baltimore School of Law chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society hosted a debate on the constitutionality of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare.”)
Arguing that the Act was an unconstitutional expansion of the federal government’s power was Roger Pilon, J.D., Ph.D. , the Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Cato Institute. Arguing that the act was consistent with the current constitutional doctrine was Simon Lazarus, J.D., Public Policy Counsel of the National Senior Citizens Law Center. Professor Gregory Dolin moderated the debate.
Watch a video of the debate
"Loser pays” and Tort Reform
On December 1st and 2nd, 2011, the Center welcomed Marie Gryphon to the University of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Gryphon presented her empirical study on “loser pays” proposals for tort reform.
On December 1st, Gryphon delivered her talk to the University of Baltimore faculty, and the following day, she spoke at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During the Johns Hopkins talk, Gryphon addressed the residents of and the applicants to the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Program. Her talk was coupled with the presentation of actual medical cases by Gabe Kelen, M.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Center Sypmosium: Emerging Economic Issues in Healthcare
The signature event of the year occurred on March 8, 2012 when the Center, in conjunction with the University of Baltimore Law Review sponsored a full day symposium on Emerging Economic Issues in Healthcare (poster attached).
The Symposium was opened by Michael Higginbotham, Interim Dean and Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Following Dean Higginbotham’s welcoming remarks, Professor M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., of the Georgetown University Law Center delivered an opening address. In his talk Professor Bloche discussed allocation of healthcare resources in a world where such resources are limited.
Watch Professor Bloche’s talk
One of the symposium’s panels discussed the issue of medical malpractice litigation and efforts to reform it. The panelists were Kathleen Howard Meredith, J.D., a plaintiff’s attorney and a partner with Iliff, Meredith, Wildberger & Brennan, P.C., Gene M. Ransom, J.D., the current CEO of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and Darren P. Mareiniss, M.D., J.D. a third year resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Ms. Meredith and Mr. Ransom discussed the pro and cons of various malpractice litigation reform proposals, while Dr. Mareiniss, presented data on the prevalence of litigation in various specialties and the changes in physician behavior that result from the likelihood of litigation. Dr. Gregory Dolin moderated the panel.
Watch the discussion