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Utah Board of Regents grants permanent approval to Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences

The state Board of Regents today granted permanent approval of the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. The move positions the center at the University of Utah to offer permanent resources and academic support on issues tied to improving the law as it relates to the rapidly evolving […]

The US 2020 HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Limits of ACA

By Leslie Francis for, originally posted on Harvard Law “Bill of Health” blog. On July 30, the White House announced the updated 2020 HIV/AIDS strategy. The admirable vision of the strategy is that “The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless […]

Francis Elected Secretary-General of Int’l Assoc. of Legal and Social Philosophy

Professor Leslie Francis was elected Secretary-General of the International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy. She previously served for eight years as vice president and Executive Committee member. The Secretary-General position is a non-voting Executive Committee position that controls the organization’s meeting agendas. As part of her duties, Francis will attend the Association’s annual meetings […]

Francis Becomes Regional President of APA, is Reappointed to ASRM Ethics Committee

Effective July 1, 2015, Professor Leslie Francis became president of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, one of only three regional presidents in the nation. She has also been reappointed to the ethics committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Medicaid Reimbursement Problems: Who Can Challenge Low Rates?

By Leslie Francis for The Supreme Court decided Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center on March 31, 2015,  The decision has not garnered significant publicity (at least, I missed it), but portends a great deal. Armstrong involved a suit by Idaho providers of community-based services challenging the adequacy of reimbursement rates under § 30(A) of the Medicaid Act.  […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 3: the 21st Century Cures Act

By Leslie Francis for First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 3 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 | Read Part 2 The CURES bill, HR6,, was introduced in the House of Representatives on May 19 and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means Committee.  The bill received unanimous support two […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 2: EHR Certification 2015 NPRM

By Leslie Francis for First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 2 of a three-part series. Read Part 1 | Read Part 3 HHS published the NPRM for the 2015 edition of certification for EHRs on March 30, 2015,  Comments are due May 29, 2015.  The goals of this rulemaking are supporting interoperability with new vocabulary and content standards for structured recording […]

Developments of Interest on the Health IT Front Part 1: Meaningful Use NPRM

By Leslie Francis for First posted on HealthLawProfBlog. Part 1 of a three-part series. Read Part 2 | Read Part 3 The NPRM on Meaningful Use (MU) stage 3 is out and comments are due shortly (May 29),  MU-3 is the final stage of the program and although it contains some very real progress it continues the […]

Canadian Court Holds Blanket Criminalization of Assisted Suicide Unconstitutional

By Professor Leslie Francis for healthlawprofblog. In a much-awaited decision, the Canadian Supreme Court on Friday held that Canada’s statutes criminalizing aiding suicide violated the Canadian Charter.  The decision in Carter v. Canada is being widely hailed by advocates of the legal permissibility of the practice and decried by disability advocates.  I’m writing this post to call […]

D.D.C. rejects DOL regulations requiring minimum wage and overtime for many home health aides

By Leslie Francis for  First posted on LawProfBlog, January 19, 2015 – In a pair of recent decisions, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has struck down Department of Labor (DOL) regulations designed to provide wage protections for home care workers.  Challenging the regulations were the Home Care Association of America […]