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

“Neurolaw”: The Role of Neuroscience in Sentencing

Kristina WoodwardNovember 26, 2021
On March 20, 1981, John W. Hinckley, Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan and three others, and the following year, the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity largely because of the presentation of scientific evidence during trial. During trial, Hinckley’s defense team introduced a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan […]

Inhumane Living Conditions: How the D.C. Jail Imposes Cruel and Unusual Punishments

Hannah ZuckermanNovember 26, 2021
The intersection between health care and prison reform has arguably never been more publicly visible than through the inhumane living conditions endured by the detainees at the D.C. county jail. This jail has consistently come under scrutiny regarding its conditions including, but not limited to, extreme confinement lasting more than 400 […]

Pulling Teeth: Why Dentists Wrongly Oppose Adding Dental Coverage to Medicare

James CampbellNovember 26, 2021
The American Dental Association (ADA) is a dentist membership organization with a mission to “help dentists succeed and to advance the oral health of all individuals.” If advancing oral health for everyone is a crucial part of their mission, why does the ADA oppose expanding Medicare Part B to include a dental care benefit? […]

Vaccine Liability in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andrew RosenblumNovember 26, 2021
The emergence of a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, has set off a cascading series of public health reactions unpresented in modern times. International travel shuttered to a halt as public health professionals sought the control the spread of COVD-19 through the traditional paradigm of identifying, isolating, and controllingcases. On the international […]

Analyzing Theranos: Why Medical Tech Needs More Defined Whistleblower Rights

Samantha BurtonNovember 7, 2021
From developments in data cloud software that enable hospital systems to improve internal efficiency to developments in nanotechnology that enable the targeting of individual cancer cells, the healthcare field benefits significantly from increased intersection and collaboration between tech and medicine. However, despite the huge potential for good that comes with this intersection, sometimes […]

DMDM Hydantoin: Irritant and Possible Carcinogen

Taha OnalNovember 7, 2021
DMDM Hydantoin is a preservative used in certain shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products. DMDM Hydantoin functions as a formaldehyde releaser or donor. It works by slowing releasing formaldehyde over time to prevent the growth of harmful mold and bacteria as well as other microbes, therefore increasing the shelf-life of […]

I Can’t Breathe – Health Disparities in the Impact of Air Pollution

Katherine GallagherNovember 7, 2021
Prior to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a special report on climate change and health. The ten recommendations in the report propose a set of priority actions from the global health community to governments and policymakers, calling on them to act with […]

An Impartial Jury of Your (Vaccinated) Peers: Constitutionality of Vaccine Mandates for Juries

Annabel WeinbachOctober 19, 2021
For the foreseeable future, in the absence of a universal vaccine mandate, a large minority of U.S. citizens will likely remain unvaccinated. As courts across the country impose vaccine requirements for juries — requiring jurors to show proof of vaccination and dismissing them if they do not — we are […]

Vaccine Mandates for Healthcare Workers: Exacerbating the Healthcare Worker Shortage?

Abigail WaltersOctober 19, 2021
The United States healthcare sector has experienced nurse and worker shortages on and off since the 1960s, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened this phenomenon. As of April 2021, over 3,000 US healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19 since the pandemic started, and many more have left the field because of the lack of equipment, […]

Remote Learning Has Taken a Significant Toll on Students with Disabilities. But It’s Not All Bleak…Depending on Who You Are

Devyn MaloufOctober 19, 2021
The shift to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 exacerbated disparities already existing in the United States education system. Low-income students and students of color have disproportionately incurred learning losses and emotional difficulties compared to high-income and white students, which is also representative of the experiences of students […]