Health Law & Policy Brief

The Health Law & Policy Brief is an online publication run by law students at American University Washington College of Law. Founded in 2007, the Health Law & Policy Brief publishes articles on a wide array of cutting-edge topics in health law. Such topics include health care compliance, fraud and abuse enforcement, health insurance payment and reimbursement issues, intellectual property issues, international human rights issues, FDA initiatives and policies, and a host of other matters. Beginning with a staff of just five, the Health Law & Policy Brief now boasts over twenty members and nearly 1,500 readers.

Latest from the Blog

Cell-Based Meat: Meet the Future

Maria MartinezNov 19, 2022
In recent years, plant-based meat products have gone from an option for a vegan diet to a popular dish, in fact one in every ten Americans say they do not eat meat. However, plant-based meat products are no longer the only alternative to traditional meat. Cell-based meat is a new […]

States Support Abortion in Midterm Elections

Margaret RiceNov 19, 2022
Abortion has long been a contentious issue in American politics, but the debate has been revived, perhaps more than ever, since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, altering the landscape of abortion access across the nation. One major impact of the Dobbs decision was a distinct shift […]

Effects of Domestic Violence Mandatory Reporting in Health Care

Sarah AberNov 19, 2022
While research and education regarding domestic violence and abuse continues to grow, domestic violence remains a prevalent issue accounting for roughly ten million victims per year in the United States. National statistics show that on average, twenty people per minute are victimized by domestic violence, with roughly one in four women […]

Shift to the Balance: Changes to Balance Billing Dispute Resolution Under the No Surprises Act

Veronica WalshNov 19, 2022
The Final Rule for the No Surprises Act was released in August 2022, containing changes to the materials an independent dispute resolution (IDR) entity must consider in the IDR process. The No Surprises Act, a part of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, restricted healthcare providers from balance billing patients enrolled […]

NAEP, Literacy, and Health Outcomes: Why Health Law and Policy Leaders Must Focus on Literacy as a Vehicle for Patient Welfare and Decision-Making

Guy CheathamNov 19, 2022
The National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuous assessment of what students throughout the United States know and can perform in specific subjects. NAEP is one of several tools guiding state and federal lawmakers as they draft legislation and craft strategies for educational improvement. […]

America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

Kimia KhatibiNov 6, 2022
Every year in the United States, thousands of people die at the hands of a public health crisis that has plagued the country for decades. Gun violence is responsible for the death of more than 110 Americans every day and firearms are the leading cause of death for children and […]

The War on Sugar

Every few decades there is a shift in diet culture. Currently, we are experiencing the war on sugar as consumers become increasingly aware of the growing overconsumption of sugar and the risks associated with it. As a result, high-intensity sweeteners are now a common alternative to ordinary sugar that make […]

Accountability for Privacy Violations in Mobile Health Apps: Flo Health and the Health Breach Notification Rule

Emilee DanielNov 6, 2022
Digital privacy concerns were raised once again following the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June 2022. These concerns were exacerbated when messages sent via Facebook Messenger discussing a medication-induced abortion were the basis for further search warrants that were used to prosecute a mother and daughter in Nebraska. As […]

The ACT for ALS: No More Bad Breaks

“For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Lou Gehrig spoke to a Yankee Stadium crowd of 61, 808 on July 4, 1939 following the publicization of his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis […]

Hungry for Change: The Biden Administration Takes Steps Toward Ending Hunger by 2030

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 33 million Americans, including five million children, are considered food insecure. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines food insecurity as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. […]