09.23.09

Welcome to the O’Neill Health Reform Law Blog

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I am delighted to welcome you to this new forum for information, discussion and debate on the legal issues implicated in health reform, sponsored by Georgetown Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.  Professors Mark Hall (Wake Forest) and Tim Jost (Washington and Lee), together with law professors and policy experts from Georgetown and elsewhere, will be kicking off our analysis. Sign up for an RSS feed and/or check back often to stay on top on developing legal controversies as the broader reform debate intensifies.

This blog is an outgrowth of the Legal Solutions in Health Reform Project, which last year commissioned papers by a number of experts analyzing the legal issues that we identified as the most pressing for a discussion of health reform. (See papers and more information about the Legal Solutions Project.) Mark your calendars for the next Legal Solutions Project event: a “state of the debate” conference on October 26 at Georgetown, which will feature our bloggers and other experts commenting on how legal issues are influencing broader decisions in the reform effort.

Also note on your calendar a policy briefing at Georgetown on October 6, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Medical Malpractice and Health Care Costs: Can Tort Reform Bend the Curve? Organized by Georgetown Professor Gregg Bloche, the briefing will feature Professors Kathy Zeiler (Georgetown) and David Hyman (Illinois, Cato Institute), together with Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein, discussing what is really known about the likely impact of proposed tort reforms on medical mistakes, malpractice system costs, and who is, and who isn’t, being compensated for medical injuries. Join us for this important event, which is open to the public.

We greatly appreciate the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in making the Legal Solutions project and this blog possible.

Let the blogging begin!

Nan Hunter
Professor of Law and Acting Faculty Director
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

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