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

When a Pandemic Meets an Epidemic: The Opioid Crisis during COVID-19.

Allison BockFebruary 15, 2021
In the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has collided with the opioid epidemic creating an influx of relapses, overdoses, and deaths. Over 20 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder. As of September 2020, thirty states reported an increase in opioid fatalities since the pandemic started […]

Vaccine Bartering: Israel’s real-world evidence exchange with Pfizer

Katherine FreitasFebruary 15, 2021
In the global race to secure COVID-19 vaccines, Israel, the 100th most populous country behind Papua New Guinea and Serbia, is the world leader in COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per capita. In a span of just 7 weeks, Israel, to date, has administered a total of 5.3 million doses, inoculated […]

Critical Medical Infrastructure and the Right to Repair: H.R. 7956 and Beyond

Caroline TrabuccoFebruary 15, 2021
In November 2020, Massachusetts approved a ballot measure expanding upon a 2012 “right to repair” law in the state. This law required car manufacturers to let consumers access data on repairs to their vehicles. The amendment went further allowing manufacturers until 2022 to install a standard open data platform which […]

Do COVID-19 Restrictions Apply to Religious Ceremonies?

Hannah ZuckermanDecember 24, 2020
Since the beginning of the pandemic, health experts have urged social distancing practices to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19. Nevertheless, some Americans continue to disregard health experts’ recommendations by both refusing to wear masks and social distance. One common trend across the U.S. that poses a health risk are […]

Racism: America’s Other Pandemic

Byron G. Mobley IINovember 23, 2020
The rise of COVID-19 reveals many disparitieswithin the United States. Along with mask requirements, lockdowns, and efforts to promote social distancing, our Nation has seen an unprecedented upswing of protests, civil unrest, and riots. While the United States is no stranger to marches and rallies from its most marginalized groups, […]

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables

Delaney Biddy-HoffmanNovember 23, 2020
There are a number of factors that interact with one another to shape an individual’s fruit and vegetable access and intake. These factors include public policies regarding food availability and nutrition programs; community factors, such as geography and cultural norms; institutional guidelines for schools, food retailers and producers. Interpersonal relationships […]

A Summer without Pride: Public Health Efforts to Reduce the Spread of HIV During COVID-19

Alexander NaumNovember 23, 2020
Across the United States, Pride festivals provide opportunities for members of the LGBTQ community to celebrate their identities, receive free HIV testing, and other HIV prevention resources. This past summer, the COVID-19 pandemic had forced many cities in the United States to cancel their pride celebrations to reduce the spread […]

In the Shadow of the COVID-19 Pandemic, A Looming Mental Health Crisis

Riley DriscollNovember 23, 2020
As most Americans fixate on the surging COVID-19 cases and deaths, health care experts are growing weary of “an imminent mental health surge” in the United States. Over the past nine months, COVID-19 has affected Americans of all ages in every facet of daily life disrupting employment, education, religious practices, recreational activities […]

Are Physicians and Hospitals Profiting from Over-Reporting COVID-19 Deaths?

Hannah ZuckermanNovember 23, 2020
Currently, there are over 11.8 million active cases and 253,600 COVID-19 related deaths in the United States. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Trump Administration has repeatedly downplayed COVID-19, denounced mask-wearing mandates, and refused to order a nationwide shutdown. Moreover, the current administration has been criticized for false claims […]

Airline COVID-19 Health Standards Remain Grounded While Holiday Travel Season Looms

Ted NorthOctober 26, 2020
The start of the holiday season—the busiest travel period in the United States—is just weeks away. Though the number of Americans taking to the skies this Thanksgiving is sure to be less than the 26 million travelers who passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints last year, passenger volume is nonetheless […]