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June 28, 2011

David Harlow Presents Social Media Session at American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting

I am speaking today at the American Health Lawyers Association annual meeting on the uses of social media by attorneys. I am sharing two versions of my slides from this session: one that is text-rich and full of useful links, and one that is much nicer to look at and more engaging for a live audience. Enjoy one or both, and let me know what you think in the comments.  If you are off-site, please tweet a shout-out to me @healthblawg tagged #AHLABoston a little after 3 p.m. ET, so we can show the folks in Boston the reach of Twitter, and let us know where you're tweeting from.

For those of you in Boston today – whether you're at the AHLA conference or not – we are having a tweetup after the social media sessions wrap up at 5:30 or so, at Brasserie Jo, a short walk from the conference hotel. Check out the details on the #AHLABostonTweetUP (and the social media sessions), and we hope to see many of the local health care digerati there. Please join us, whether you're a health care lawyer, whether you love 'em or hate 'em, or if you're involved in health care, health IT, health care social media or any related field of interest.

Follow the tweets from the annual meeting at #AHLABoston, and tweets from the tweetup at #AHLABoston or #AHLABostonTweetUP.  For an archived set of most of the tweets, see #AHLABoston on Cover It Live.

Hope to see you there.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

November 30, 2009

HealthBlawg listed in ABA Journal Blawg 100

Blawg100_2009_logoI'm pleased to announce that HealthBlawg has been named to the ABA Journal Blawg 100 I appreciate the recognition, and the nominations from you, dear readers, that put this blawg on the list.  I do not envy the editors who had to make the tough decisions -- there are many more than 100 deserving blawgs out there.

Since I began blogging over three years ago, I have been fortunate enough to get to know many bloggers -- including some of the other honorees -- both IRL (in real life) and virtually (via blogging and, more recently, via Twitter).  It has been an incredibly enriching experience; thank you, all.

The next phase of the Blawg 100 involves the general public, not just the ABA Journal's editorial staff.  Public voting will determine the ranking of blawgs within several editorial categories; HealthBlawg is in the "Practice Specific" category.

I would greatly appreciate your vote, not just in recognition of this blawg, but in recognition of health care law and policy as a significant practice area -- one that has not been represented in the ABA Journal Blawg 100 to date.  Please take a few moments to register on the ABA Journal website, and then vote for HealthBlawg.  Voting is open through the end of December.  Even though the ABA Journal is based in Chicago, I will refrain from exhorting you to vote early and often.    

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

October 01, 2009

Blog carnivals this week

Legally Unbound hosted Blawg Review this week.  I was fortunate enough to watch the sidewallks get rolled up on Beacon Hill with Blawg Review's anonymous editor, "Ed.," who was in Boston last weekend; he then hightailed it to Vegas to supervise Blawg Review #231.

Laika's MedLibLog hosted Grand Rounds this week.  Hard to believe GR is in its sixth year.

Health Wonk Review was ably hosted by Brady Augustine at MedicaidFirstAid; this edition featured a baseball theme, and HealthBlawg made it to the playoffs!

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

September 27, 2009

Blawg Review Bucket List Tour Hits Beantown

"Ed." -- the anonymous editor of Blawg Review -- is on the road again.

Criss-crossing the continent, Ed. has been popping up here and there.  Follow his peregrinations via @blawgreview on twitter and at Blawg Review


Jay Shepherd (@jayshep), Chris Mirabile (@cmirabile) and I responded to Ed.'s last-minute tweetup call to "get gruntled" last night (a wry reference to Jay's blog) at a Beacon Hill watering hole.  (Ironically, or perhaps by design, we did not meet at the more famous watering hole nearby, "where everybody knows your name.")  Waitstaff in what I can only describe as post-modern attire, and a bachelorette party further back in the bar, did not distract us from engaging in a close examination of the state of the blawgosphere, and the nature of being anonymous, with Ed.  (He introduced himself: "Hi, I'm Ed."  Really.)  Check out the photographic evidence -- that's Jay and me bellying up to the bar with Ed.

Despite Ed.'s invitation to get "way gruntled," the libations, the oddly-attired denizens of the watering hole, and a host of other factors, we managed to part ways at evening's end each under his own power, and without my having to add any transgressions to the bucket list du jour: misdeeds to repent for as we approach Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which begins at sundown tonight.

May you all be sealed in the Book of Life.  Ed., I really don't know how that works for the anonymous among us.  Good luck.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

May 11, 2009

Blawg Review #211

President Barack Obama has completed his first 100 days in office, and while we passed that marker a week or so ago, now it's time for a Blawg Review roundup and analysis of all that has happened in, or grown out of, that time (as blogged about in the past week, of course).  If we were to ask FOX News about Obama's first 100 days, all we'd hear about is Socialism.  (Those FOX anchors and analysts seem to be playing a 21st Century neocon version of "Hi, Bob.")  When the President spoke about the first 100 days himself, he reflected on issues faced to date -- swine flu (I mean H1N1), the federal budget, foreign policy (involving Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan), Gitmo -- and issues coming up in the near future: health care reform, new rules of the road for Wall Street, credit card consumer protection, federal budget savings, and federal contracting reform.  All that, and questions on the auto industry, torture, Arlen Specter and abortion, followed by a poetic reflection (prompted by a reporter's question) on what made him feel surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled in his first 100 days in office. 

At the White House correspondents' dinner this past weekend, Obama noted that he's ready for his term to continue: "I believe my next hundred days will be so successful that I will be able to complete them in 72 days," he said. "And on my 73rd day, I will rest."  

Now, while POTUS is just getting his sea legs, the HealthBlawger is a seasoned pro (well, at hosting Blawg Review, anyway: see Blawg Review #88, Blawg Review #129 and Blawg Review #154).  As the ship of state steams on, we will now delve into some of the issues touched on by Obama in his recent address, and other legal and policy issues of note that are at the forefront of concern in the blawgiverse this past week.

But first, since this is Blawg Review #211:  One quick PSA for the "other" 211 (no, not that kind of PSA): Dial 2-1-1 for human services referrals and resources.

And now we're off to the races, looking at the news roughly by Cabinet secretariat, and Cabinet-rank agencies, in order of succession to the Presidency.

Vice President of the United States

The what-he-meant-to-say crew snapped into action after Joe Biden overreacted on the swine flu front.  And then from the frying pan into the fire: this linguistic "teachable moment" was replaced by a moment with Barack and Joe at a burger joint in Arlington, VA that had been cited for health code violations, though we can't tell how recently from the linked post on Bill Marler's Marler Blog.  Now, the Veep is putting together a short list of potential nominees for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Souter.  (More on that below.) 

Department of State

State's getting a lawyer, Harold Koh (Dean of Yale Law School), though opponents of his nomination have been doing the equivalent of yelling "socialism" on FOX.  Anupam Chander works to set the record straight.  (By the way, Harold's brother Howard, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health -- my old stomping grounds -- is also headed to Washington, nominated to be assistant HHS secretary for health.)

Department of the Treasury

From The Conglomerate comes a call to hold off on restructuring the SEC until after the markets have recovered a bit more.  Meanwhile, Professor Bainbridge highlights some of the finer points underpinning insider trading regulation.  James Maul, at Mauled Again, supports proposed tax law changes that would eliminate some corporate/international tax boondoggles.  And Larry Ribstein unburdens himself on the banks' recent stress test at Ideoblog, in one of a series of "Dismantling Capitalism" posts.
Department of Defense

The "don't ask, don't tell" era may be coming to an end, according to Mother Jones; the question is whether Obama will insist on waiting for legislative change or if he will go the quicker route and just go ahead and sign an executive order suspending enforcement of the rule.

Department of Justice

While the Supremes aren't within the DOJ, there's certainly a close relationship, and the vacancy in the highest court in the land has prompted all sorts of speculation, grousing and counter-grousing.  This includes Scott Greenfield's review of Sonia Sotomayor's former law clerks' comments, made anonymously (cowardly, in his book) and otherwise at Simple Justice.  While playing the appointment guessing game, consider Jack Balkin's proposal for revamping the appointment system at Balkinization: a new Justice appointed every two years, with the nine most junior doing the heavy lifting, and senior justices hearing individual justice matters and stepping in among The Nine when a junior justice cannot hear a case.

Also tangentially related to DOJ is the same-sex marriage question, being taken up in state courtrooms and legislatures across the nation.  My Constitutional Law professor, Ira Lupu (Hi, Chip!) wrote this week at Concurring Opinions that political compromise through legislation is the way to go when it comes to recognition of same-sex marriage.  He notes with disapproval the Massachusetts rule that all adoption agencies treat heterosexual and gay couples equally in their placement processes, which led Catholic Charities to turn in its adoption agency license.

Department of the Interior

Interior has been getting mixed reviews on its handling of endangered species matters recently. Learn more at the joint UCBerkeley/UCLA Legal Planet blog.

Department of Commerce

We rely on commercial shipping for transport of goods around the world, but U.S. law seems to restrict merchant marine vessels to high pressure water hoses in the fight against pirates, according to Export Law Blog.
Department of Labor

Here we veer off-topic for a bit.  With Chrysler headed for ownership in part by the company that used to be run by the fashionable Italian guy who never buttoned down his button-down shirt, let's focus the labor segment of this review on the legal labor pool -- see Adrian Dayton's post on Generation Y at Marketing Strategy and the Law.  In the interests of lessening the labor required of attorneys, ABA TECHSHOW runs a program offering online resources for easing the trials of practice, called 60 Sites in 60 Minutes, featured this week on Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jim at another iteration of this program in Boston, when the ABA cosponsored a TECHSHOW Roadshow with the Massachsuetts Bar Association Law Practice Management Section (I serve on the Section Council with a dedicated crew of colleagues).  Another set of law practice tips is presented by Matthew Homann of The [Non]billable Hour as a collection of tweets in e-book form.  Speaking of twitter, a number of the blawgers featured in this week's edition of Blawg Review also tweet.  Check out directories at Legal Birds and LexTweet, and follow @healthblawg on twitter For a glimpse of a tweetstream in and about a conference, accompanied by a first step towards an analysis of said tweetstream, consider the Health 2.0 example.
Department of Health and Human Services

So Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has finally been confirmed, after a week or so of questions regarding whether the country's response to the flu pandemic could have been better organized had her post and a couple dozen others been filled already.  Over at the Becker-Posner Blog, there are point-counterpoint posts on the economics of the flu pandemic, and Posner considers, among other things, the prospect of weaponization of flu virus. 

Moving quickly past swine flu -- and the obligatory joke: "They said we'd have a black president when pigs fly.  Well, swine flu!" (groan) -- There is a whole heck of a lot going on these days in the health care arena.  I hope readers will indulge me in a closer examination of some of these issues, as this is my "home turf." 

One of the "hot" debates in the past week or so has been over two key phrases in ARRA (the recovery act) pertaining to electronic health records ("EHRs"): "meaningful use" and "certified EHR."  These terms are used in the HITECH Act part of ARRA in laying out the requirements for a $19 billion bonanza: physicians and hospitals are eligible to participate in a net pool of $19 billion to cover the cost of implementing EHRs, so long as they are engaged in "meaningful use" of "certified EHRs."  The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics held two days of hearings on "meaningful use" and "certified EHRs"; transcripts and audio recordings are available on line.  John Moore at Chilmark Research pulls it all together in his post, Making "Meaningful Use" Well ... Meaningful.

If all of our health records end up on line, then more and more of us will be concerned about hackers breaking in, misusing personal information, and potentially holding our records for ransom.  This is exactly what happened recently in Virginia.  Bob Coffield lays it all out at his Health Care Law Blog, and I posted my thoughts on lessons learned from the Virginia data security breach here at HealthBlawg.

Obama has a lot riding on health reform.  At the end of the White House health care summit a couple months ago, in a political masterstroke, he rose above the fray and told Congressional leaders that they knew what he was looking for in a health reform bill, and he would be looking to them to send him something he could sign.  In the time since that heady moment, when everyone was all gung ho for health reform -- from Ted Kennedy to Karen Ignani (her managed care industry association sponsored the Harry and Louise ads that helped tank HillaryCare, but now seems to want to be at the table rather than throwing stones from outside) -- prospects for progress have dimmed, principally due to the question of how we will pay for all this health care goodness.  If Congress can't put aside political expediency and be intellectually honest about this question, it just won't happen.  See two of Bob Laszewski's recent posts on the subject at his excellent Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review here and here.    

Office of Management & Budget

OMB Director Peter Orszag blogs at the OMB Blog (in his spare time); when the White House released its budget proposal last week, Orszag focused on the $17 billion in cuts -- programs that pay for things like cleaning up abandoned mines that have already been cleaned up, an early childhood program called Even Start that apparently doesn't do as good a job as Head Start, etc.

United States Trade Representative

Obama has had to walk a fine line on trade through the primaries and general elections, but as he's hitting his stride (when not preoccupied with the crisis du jour) he's been coming down in favor of free trade.  See the International Economic Law and Policy Blog for more on this topic.  The USTR is named Ronald Kirk -- a name I nearly mistook for Rahsaan Roland Kirk, a tremendous multi-instrumentalist famous for multi-tasking, and from whom his near-doppelganger may learn a few things.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations

While the United Nations is often a disappointing organization, the United Federation of Planets seems to have its heart in the right place.  Coming full circle to the start of this post, The Volokh Conspiracy considers whether Star Trek's Federation is socialist.  (That blog's title always seemed to have a Klingon ring to it, anyway.)

There are a handful of other cabinet-level agencies without blawg posts from the past week at hand to illustrate their relationship to today's theme (and please excuse the free-associative nature of the Labor section, above), so I will simply list them here and invite readers to add additional first hundred days issues relating to their jurisdictions in the comments section: 

Between Interior and Commerce in the line of succession comes the Department of Agriculture; between HHS and OMB come:

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Transportation

Department of Energy
  (I can' t resist a quick reference to Donklephant which, true to its name, seems to find more common ground than most between Dems and the GOP on energy policy.
Department of Education
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Homeland Security
Council of Economic Advisers
Environmental Protection Agency

White House Chief of Staff

Finally, we come to the chief of staff.  I like Rahm Emanuel's comment that the President has an open hand but a firm handshake.  Sort of fits the gentleman-who-takes-no-prisoners image.  But he does have quite a mouth on him.  At the correspondents' dinner Saturday night, Obama observed that Rahm Emanuel always has a hard time on Mother's Day: "He's not used to saying the word 'day' after 'mother.'"

Blawg Review has information about next week's host, and instructions on how to get your blawg posts reviewed in upcoming issues.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

May 04, 2009

Blawg Review is up at China Law Blog; Next week's First 100 Days edition will be here at HealthBlawg

China's May 4th movement is marked today by Blawg Review # 210, up at China Law Blog.  Dan Harris tried to bring on world peace through his last outing as BR host, but it didn't work, so he's fired up the cynicism in the current edition. 

Whether you're a starry-eyed idealist or hard-bitten cynic, I welcome your blawg post submissions for next week's First Hundred Days edition, now that we've had a week or so to mull it all over.  (I've tried a lot of things, but not bringing on world peace, in my prior outings as Blawg Review host.)  Send in the cream of the crop of commentary and analysis regarding the Obama Administration's start, through the usual Blawg Review channels.  See you all back here at HealthBlawg then if not before.

Oh, and May the Fourth be with you. (Groan.)

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

April 20, 2009

Blawg Review goes green

EarthDayFlag Today's edition of Blawg Review at Green Patent Blog celebrates Earth Day by examining the EPA's stance on greenhouse gases, the carbon footprint of spam, a lawsuit involving the appropriation of Woody Allen's image (dressed as a hasid in Annie Hall), a trademark case about silver birch that sounds more like slippery elm, the HealthBlawger's post about the controlled environment of the hospital operating room, and going camping in the great outdoors.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

April 13, 2009

All the blawgs that fit, we print

A tribute to journalism not being dead yet, the current edition of Blawg Review is up at Jordan Furlong's Law21.  Amazingly, this edition marks the end of the first four years of Blawg Review.  The HealthBlawger will be hosting in two four weeks' time, so prepare yourselves for a Blawg Review look at President Obama's first hundred days, and send in those posts.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

April 05, 2009

Library of Congress blawg collection is up and includes HealthBlawg

The Library of Congress "harvested" snapshots of about a hundred blawgs over the past couple of years and has now posted them to the Library of Congress Blawg Web Archive. The HealthBlawger is honored to have HealthBlawg included in the archive (under "miscellaneous" together with such other miscellany as The Volokh Conspiracy.  For the uninitiated: that's good company to be keeping.)

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting

September 22, 2008

Blawg Review says register to vote

Well, not exactly, but stick with me here.  Aussie law prof Peter Black is hosting this week's Blawg Review at Freedom to Differ in honor of One Web Day.  This year's theme for One Web Day is online participation in democracy. So for starters, here's a link to online voter registration info for those in the US of A who may not have had the opportunity to do so yet:

Register to Vote: The Student PIRGs, powered by CREDO Mobile

As they say, please forward/post as appropriate.

David Harlow
The Harlow Group LLC
Health Care Law and Consulting