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.

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Navigating the Ethical and Legal Maze of IVF: A Closer Look at Industry Challenges

Tyanna RobinsonFeb 23, 2024
In the rapidly evolving world of reproductive technologies, in vitro fertilization (IVF) stands out as a beacon of hope for countless individuals striving to conceive. As this technology advances, it is increasingly confronted with complex ethical, legal, and medical challenges. These challenges highlight the ongoing struggle to maintain a balance […]

For their own good: Involuntary commitment and patient’s rights in Washington D.C.

Aidyn CarlsonNov 25, 2023
As we approach the holidays, we are encouraged to consider what we are grateful for. Walking around the WCL campus and seeing the posterboards, I am struck by how many people express open gratitude for therapy and psychiatric medication. Over the last week, I’ve seen notes that say: “I’m grateful […]

ChatGPT, MD? Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare 

Sarah JieNov 19, 2023
ChatGPT is a natural language processing tool created by OpenAI, a research company specializing in artificial intelligence tools such as DALL-E 2, an AI art generator. Since its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has become one of the fastest-growing apps in recent memory. By January 2023, the chatbot reached 100 […]

Hospital Mergers: Anticompetitive Consolidations in the Landscape of American Healthcare

Morgan PriceNov 19, 2023
Between 1970 and 2019, the number of local hospitals that consolidated into a larger healthcare system increased from 10% to 67%. The healthcare industry is slowly monopolizing. Some believe that this merger-centric healthcare economy is good for patients, especially those in rural communities, where mergers are especially prevalent. One particular […]

Group Health Plans and the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Frank DuMondNov 19, 2023
            Under the administrative simplification provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), there are pertinent regulations that lead to compliance obligations for employer-sponsored group health plans. In accordance with 45 CFR § 160.103, the HIPAA Privacy Rule can only be applied to the groups that are listed […]