Life Science scholars gather for Wiet Conference
Interest in life science law is exploding. Yet until now, the academic law community has never hosted a signature event bringing together life science professors to share ideas and present their research. Thanks to the generous support of Loyola law alumnus Mitch Wiet (JD ’65), Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy hosted its inaugural Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference on Friday, October 13, at the School of Law. Organized by Loyola professors Cynthia Ho and Jordan Paradise, the conference provides an intellectual venue for life science scholars and practitioners to collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment that fosters recognition of life science law as a cohesive, dynamic area of legal study.
Twenty-four national and international scholars were selected from a call for papers to present their articles in a workshop format with 15 minutes to present followed by 15 minutes of participant feedback. Peter Maybarduk, Director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program (pictured above), delivered the keynote address, “Politics, Power and Drug Pricing in the Trump Era.”
Scholarly articles spanned a variety of topics, including proposals for enhanced FDA exclusivity periods, IP aspects of precision medicine, legal strategies post-Myriad, state drug pricing laws, regulation of gene editing, and the role of international treaties in life science research.
‘Inside Compliance’ Blog Debuts New Authors, New Look
Loyola’s Journal of Regulatory Compliance launched last year at the first annual symposium of the Center for Compliance Studies. Since then, members of the Journal have been hard at work not just editing and preparing a new issue for publication, but also building something unique among law journals—a blog to showcase members’ writing and commentary on regulatory compliance.
‘Inside Compliance’ provides updates and commentary on issues of regulatory compliance and risk management concerns affecting professionals across the country. Its content includes analysis of significant laws and regulations that impact every sector of the economy—ranging from healthcare to transportation to privacy and security, finance, and even athletics. Inside Compliance aims to be as far-reaching as compliance itself.
Prior readers of the blog may have noticed that Inside Compliance had a makeover during the summer; it’s now easier to access archives and search by topic to pull up posts on specific subject-matter areas. Additionally, there are over 35 JD students who will be writing and contributing to the blog over the 2017-2018 year. This year the blog will also feature interviews with compliance professionals and regulatory attorneys, as well as guest contributions from alums, academics, and Loyola’s MJ and LLM students.
For Journal members, contributing to Inside Compliance is not intended to be just another line on their resume. It’s a way of practicing skills that will serve them well in their future careers. Thought leadership—legal marketing’s go-to buzzword—is not something taught in the classroom, yet it is increasingly how attorneys and professionals distinguish themselves. Cultivating a professional online presence, keeping up with legal news and developments, learning to be fluent in the many languages of networking . . . this is how any attorney becomes an informed opinion leader and the go-to person in their field of expertise. And these are the skills that Journal members practice through the Inside Compliance blog.
We’re excited to launch a new year, and look forward to all that our members will do!
Kate Mitchell joins Loyola’s Health Justice Project
Kate Mitchell has joined the School of Law as director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy’s Health Justice Project. Mitchell areas of focus include poverty law, children’s legal rights, and health law. Prior to joining Loyola she spent three years as a clinical teaching fellow with the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. She previously served as the legal director of the Toledo Medical Legal Partnership for Children at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio. Mitchell started her legal career as a staff attorney with LAF in Chicago, and then as a staff attorney and policy director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, she worked as a Kramer Fellow at The Public Law Center at Tulane University School of Law focusing on economic and housing revitalization efforts in New Orleans.
Mitchell received her BA in Sociology, magna cum laude, from Beloit College, and her JD, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. She has been admitted to practice law in Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, and Michigan.
At Loyola, Mitchell will assume a leadership role as clinical professor and director of the Health Justice Project, a national recognized medical-legal partnership clinic that identifies and addresses social and legal issues that negatively affect the health of low-income clients.
Professor Emily Benfer Quoted on Lead Poisoning in HUD Housing
Emily Benfer was recently quoted in an article highlighting the widespread dangerous levels of lead in US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized housing in Chicago and across the country. More than 2.5 million HUD subsidized units contains hazardous levels of lead, but HUD requires that a child must actually be lead-poisoned before taking action and measures dangerous levels of lead at a level four times higher than the level recommended by the CDC. Professor Benfer explained that this situation forces families “to choose between lead poisoning and the brain damage it causes or homelessness and life on the streets.”
This is precisely the choice that Tolanda McMullen, a client of the Health Justice Project, was forced to make. Ms. McMullen’s son, Makheil, has had health problems resulting from exposure to lead in HUD housing since he was sixteen months, causing him to struggle with cognitive learning, a speech impediment and attention disorders. Ms. McMullen recently chose homelessness over the continued exposure to lead based paint, but hopes that HUD can find her and her son a safe place to live.
The Health Justice Project, founded in 2010, is a medical-legal partnership between Loyola University Chicago and Erie Family Health Center engaged in interprofessional collaboration to identify and address social and legal issues that negatively affect the health of low-income individuals. The Health Justice Project, along with a coalition of scientists, medical providers, public health experts, and civil legal aid groups, has been active in addressing the issue of lead poisoning in HUD housing. In response to the Health Justice Project’s petition for rulemaking to amend 24 C.F.R. 35, on March 10, 2016, HUD submitted a proposed rule which would adopt the CDC measurement for dangerous levels of lead and would establish more comprehensive testing and evaluation procedures for HUD subsidized housing. This is an important step towards ensuring that families like the McMullens are not forced to choose homelessness over lead poisoning in HUD subsidized housing.
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Health Law Student & Alumni Cocktail Reception Was a Success
Sheriff Dart and Warden Jones Tapia Discuss Mental Health Care Efforts at the Cook County Jail
The Beazley Institute was honored to host Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, Warden of Cook County Jail. Both spoke to Loyola’s Access to Health Care students on the legal and policy issues surrounding mental health care in Cook County’s criminal justice system. They addressed the history of deinstitutionalization in America, how it contributed to the mass criminalization of mental illness and what Cook County is doing to provide humane care to the mentally ill today.
The Access to Health Care course is currently examining access to mental health in America’s criminal justice system and the interplay between criminal behavior and mental illness. Having Sheriff Dart and Dr. Jones Tapia speak afforded students a look inside the largest single-site jail in the United States. It is estimated that about one in three inmates at Cook County Jail have some form of mental illness. Students were able to hear about Sheriff Dart and Dr. Jones Tapia’s innovative efforts to provide quality mental health care to those that are mired in the criminal justice system.
The class will be in Los Angeles, California over spring break to examine access to mental health issues specific to LA County and its Twin Towers Correctional Facility, which houses over four thousand inmates (20% of whom suffer from mental illness).
Ninth Annual Symposium on Health Law and Policy
On Friday, November 13th, the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and Annals of Health Law will be hosting its Ninth Annual Symposium titled “Consolidation and its Impact on Quality, Accessibility and Cost of Care.” Join us in-person or online to listen and learn from health care executives including the CEO of Ascension Health, Vice President at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Senior Director of Managed Care for Brookdale Senior Living, as well as leading policy analysts and academics. The symposium will explore how consolidation strategies have been used in various healthcare sectors, how consolidation may progress in the foreseeable future, and its impact on the quality, accessibility and cost of care.
The Beazley Institute and Annals of Health Law is excited to announce that we are streaming live online our Ninth Annual Symposium. If you are unable to attend our Symposium in-person and would still like to see video and audio from the conference please follow this link: https://connect.luc.edu/healthlawwebinar/ on the day of the event.
The Symposium first will examine hospitals and health systems, which are consolidating at an unprecedented rate to create essentiality through larger operations with more market leverage and the ability to manage risk and reduce waste. Next, the Symposium will examine the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology sector, which is engaging in mergers and acquisitions to support the high cost of research and development, as well as to reduce costs and create synergies in manufacturing and marketing, as well as partnering in the delivery of population health-based care. Third, the Symposium will examine senior services providers. For a variety of reasons this sector has been ahead of the consolidation wave, but finds itself examining how to assure that its strategies fit with the movement toward bundled payment and integrated care platforms. A panel of safety net providers, patient advocates and others will conclude the Symposium, addressing the question of what this massive consolidation wave impacting health care means for patients.
Annals of Health Law is the Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago. Annals contains articles of general interest in health law, which are deemed by the editors to make a contribution to the teaching, practice, and/or public policy surrounding health law. Past volumes have focused on corporate, regulatory, bioethical, and pharmaceutical issues, as well as patient rights and advocacy. Through this publication, health law students are afforded the opportunity to edit a law review article.
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 4.25 hours of general CLE credit. Note: CLE is only offered for in-person attendance.
2015 Compliance Trends Survey Report
Deloitte and Compliance Week recently published the 2015 Compliance Trends Survey report, which surveyed chief compliance officers (CCOs) across Corporate America on three questions: 1) Do compliance executives have the appropriate authority and resources to do their jobs?; 2) Are compliance executives assessing the right risks in the right way?; and 3) How do compliance executives use technology to tame the challenges they face?
Do CCOs have enough authority and resources to do their jobs?
The report indicates that while more CCOs have an opportunity to participate in high-level discussions about corporate strategy, values and culture, less than half of the respondents indicated that their organizations have designated compliance officers in subsidiary business units or geographic divisions. The report also indicates a consistent trend of organizations maintaining relatively small compliance teams, suggesting that CCOs must often work together with other parts of the organization to fulfill the compliance mission.
Are CCOs addressing the right risks?
The respondents listed compliance training, code of conduct oversight, whistleblower hotlines, and regulatory and compliance investigations as the most common responsibilities of a CCO. Despite the crucial role culture plays in developing effective compliance programs, culture assessment was the lowest ranked area of responsibility among CCOs. A vast majority of the respondents also perform some kind of enterprise-wide compliance risk assessment either as a stand-alone process, as part of an internal audit’s risk assessment, or as part of a general enterprise risk assessment. CCOs also ranked third parties as the most challenging concern they face and listed auditing compliance with policies or regulations, performing extensive background checks and requiring training or certification as some of the ways they try to manage third-party risks.
Do CCOs have effective IT systems in place?
A majority of CCOs indicated a lack of confidence in the IT systems and strategies that compliance departments use to fulfill their reporting and responsibilities. Since compliance functions require large amounts of data that CCOs have trouble getting, more energy is oftentimes spent on collecting the needed data than actually analyzing it. Secondly, CCOs are reliant upon simple desktop software and internally-developed tools for compliance tasks. In many cases, the tools that CCOs want are not even commercially available yet because few tools can perform the functions needed by the CCO without major customization. Furthermore, only 26 percent of those reporting budget increases last year did so for new compliance tools. Despite all this, compliance executives at smaller organizations expressed confidence in their IT systems, suggesting that associated risks at small organizations are more easily managed in a centralized way than at larger organizations.
Ultimately, the survey found that while CCOs have been given more authority and stronger organizational support for effective compliance programs, they face major concerns about the information technology (IT) systems available to fulfill their reporting tasks and responsibilities. The full report can be found here.
Access to Health Care Students Travel to McAllen, Texas
In an eye-opening experience students in Loyola’s “Access to Health Care” course experienced first-hand the difficulty and complexity of obtaining proper medical care in the Rio Grande Valley. The course offered at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and taught by Prof. Larry Singer examines a different healthcare issue each year and concludes with a field study spring break trip. This year, the course focused on the legal, political, environmental, financial and medical issues surrounding access to health care for undocumented persons in the Rio Grande Valley.
Over spring break students, professors and attorneys flew to McAllen, Texas for a four-day field study. Students worked with healthcare providers, volunteers, and different non-profit organizations to discuss the impact of inadequate health care and federal healthcare reform. Their schedule included visiting a “Colonias”; an unincorporated settlement of substandard housing without basic necessities like proper infrastructure, potable water, sanitary sewage, or paved roads. Students were able to speak with influential and inspiring advocates for proper access to health care like Anne Cass, the Executive Director of “Proyecto Azteca,” a non-profit organization that provides housing assistance to Colonias residents. They also worked with organizations like the HOPE Family Health Center, Brownsville Community Health Center and as volunteers for at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, that provides aid to refugees and immigrants who have recently crossed the border by distributing clothing and necessities as well as providing hot showers and food. In this truly once in a lifetime experience, students of Professor Singer’s course were given immeasurable knowledge and real-life experience of the issues affecting the access to healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley.
Congratulations to The Beazley Institute's Health Justice Project
The Beazley Institute’s Health Justice Project was selected by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership to receive the 2015 Outstanding Medical-Legal Partnership Award. The Health Justice Project was selected for its fully-integrated medical-legal partnership, extensive collaboration to address health-harming legal needs, and its efforts to transform policies that affect the health of low-income individuals. The award will be presented at the National Summit on Medical-Legal Partnership on Thursday, April 9, in McLean, VA.
This well-deserved recognition is a tribute to the tireless and outstanding work of Director Emily Benfer, Prof. Allyson Gold, health law students, and the healthcare providers who partner to address the causes of poor health and injustice in our communities.
In other news, the Health Justice Project was selected for the cover of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership Toolkit. Since 2006, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) has assisted health care and legal institutions in 32 states to develop partnerships to better care for vulnerable populations. After nearly a decade of providing technical assistance, NCMLP designed a toolkit to guide health care and legal professionals through the process of building strong and sustainable medical-legal partnerships that reflect the populations they serve and communities they live in. Government and national organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, ABA, American Medical Association, Equal Justice Works, Healthy Start, Legal Services Corporation, National Nursing Centers Consortium and US Department of Veterans Affairs have joined the MLP Movement.
Compliance and Health Care Named in Hottest Alternative Legal Careers
The February issue of The National Jurist features the “10 Hottest Alternative Legal Careers.” The first on the list is regulatory compliance and health care ranks third. Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers students a unique opportunity to prepare for careers in compliance and health care. Explore our degrees and concentrations here.
Cross-Border Health Care: The Movement of Patients, Providers, and Diseases
Loyola University of Chicago International Law Review and the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy are pleased to host the symposium, “Cross-Border Health Care: The Movement of Patients, Providers, and Diseases.”
The symposium will take place on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law located at 25 E. Pearson St. Chicago, IL 60611. The symposium will feature presentations from national experts on emerging issues in cross-border health care.
Keynote Address. Professor I. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law School will deliver the keynote address on medical tourism and the globalization of health care. Prof. Cohen is one of the world's leading experts on the intersection of bioethics and the law, as well as health law.
About the Symposium. Three major themes will be explored at the Symposium. The first major theme will center on the movement of patients across borders. Speakers will join us to discuss reproductive tourism, the international organ trade, and migrant health, as well as the medical and public health implications of infectious diseases. The second major theme is the movement of providers across borders. Speakers will discuss the movement of providers seeking medical education across borders, as well as the transactions and accreditation necessary for the delivery of cross-border health care. The third major theme will center on public health response to the movement of diseases. The panel will discuss public health preparedness, quarantine and isolation laws, as well as first hand experience with H1N1 and Ebola.
Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy Ranked #1 Health Law Program
Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy was recently ranked the #1 health law program in the country by Law Street. Earlier this year, the Institute was ranked #3 by U.S. News and World Report. These top rankings are a testament to the high caliber of the Institute’s professors, administrators, and students.
Law Street used six criteria to evaluate each health law program: job placement, curriculum depth, networking, extra-curricular activities, location and “other” (respect in the field, rankings of other organizations). The Beazley Institute received top marks in each category. Loyola’s Health Law program also received extra credit for the high concentration of top firms in the area, opening pathways for their JD and LLM graduates. The Beazley Institute’s total score was significantly higher than the second place program. Specific programs offered by the Institute and cited by Law Street include the Health Justice Project (a medical-legal partnership clinic meeting the needs of the underserved) as well as the L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Transactional Law Competition.
National Compliance Expert Joins Beazley Institute
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to announce that Ryan Meade has joined the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy as Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies. Meade, a partner at the Chicago law firm Meade, Roach & Annulis, LLP, and managing director of Aegis Compliance & Ethics Center, LLP, comes to Loyola with extensive experience in health care management and regulatory issues. As director, Meade will oversee all compliance initiatives and curriculum for both online and campus courses.
"I am thrilled to be joining Loyola's Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at such an exciting time," said Meade. "There has been great progress made in expanding the role of the compliance professional in the last decade. I am both grateful for and humbled by this opportunity to assist Loyola in growing its exceptional program to include an expanded focus on regulatory compliance study." Meade brings to Loyola years of legal and consulting experience with a specific emphasis on health care compliance initiatives. He has written and lectured extensively on this topic, and teaches courses in health law and policy for Loyola University Chicago and Rush University.
Loyola Student Accepted to Yale Summer Institute in Bioethics
Sumaya Noush, a first-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, was recently chosen to participate in Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics summer program. This program involves a 2-month-long intensive summer program for American and international undergraduate and graduate students from varying disciplines who are interested in learning more about bioethics. Participants attend a series of lectures and seminars on topics such as care for the dying, bioethics and law, bioethics and media, literature, technology and ethics, public health ethics, and feminist approaches to bioethics; attend a bioethics film/discussion series; participate in field trips to bioethics-related institutions; and present an original paper. Sumaya is the first student from Loyola to be accepted into this program and will proudly represent the University and Law School this summer.
Hot Off the Press: Careers in Health Law
Professor Larry Singer, Megan Bess, and Kristin Finn, have written a new book, Careers in Health Law, a valuable new guide for students and practitioners interested in the expansive field of health law. The book emphasizes the breadth of health law as a practice area, organized around an industry, and highlights various potential career paths. Interspersed throughout are profiles written by industry leaders describing their career paths and experiences in the field. Careers in Health Law puts a full spectrum of industry information at your fingertips. Perhaps most valuable to students is the practical advice and guidance it provides including: a health law skills checklist, interview advice, professional associations to join, and tips on how to grow your network. This comprehensive book will help you on your way to a fulfilling career in health law!
Loyola Team Placed First
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Loyola health law students, Erica Cribbs, Jenna Fagerman and Robert Hogan, placed first out of 20 teams from 15 schools across the country at the 5th annual L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Competition, held at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on March 20th.
The Transactional Competition seeks to expose law students to the core competencies of the corporate and regulatory practice of health care law. This year, students were challenged to apply corporate lawyering skills by providing legal advice to a hypothetical health system client regarding its desire to enter the insurance market and to take on a more integrated payor role. The problem allowed students to demonstrate insight on a nuanced part of the health care industry that is rapidly changing in this era of health reform.
As part of the competition, three-person teams of JD students prepared a legal memorandum that summarized their legal and business advice for the client. Students then appeared in-person in a boardroom environment before distinguished attorneys and health care executives serving as the health system's "Executive Management Team" to present their analysis of the client's position in the market, and transactional recommendations on how the client should proceed.
Third-year Loyola students, Erica Cribbs, Jenna Fagerman and Robert Hogan, won the awards for Best Memorandum and Best Oral Presentation, as well as Best Overall team in this year's competition.