September 2011
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Article of the Month

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This month's featured article is from JLME 39.3 "The New Era of Comparative Effectiveness: Will Public Health End Up Left Behind?” by Richard Saver. 

Next Public Health Law Webinar on September 22nd

State Public Reporting Laws of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Please attend the next webinar in a series exploring important topics in public health law.

Thursday, September 22 at 1 – 2 p.m. (ET)


  • Julie Reagan, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., attorney and healthcare consultant, HAI Focus
  • Rick Hogan, J.D., M.P.H., general counsel, Arkansas Department of Health

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections acquired by patients during the course of receiving medical care for some other condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 out of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract an HAI. Due to the increased morbidity, mortality and financial costs associated with these infections, HAIs have been recognized as an important public health problem. 

The majority of U.S. states have responded to the problem of HAIs by enacting HAI public reporting laws. While the primary purpose of these laws has been to reduce the occurrence of HAIs by implementing infection prevention and control initiatives, the laws also promote healthcare facility transparency and accountability by including mandates for HAI data submission and release of that data in the form of reports or other information to the public. 

This webinar will provide a current and comprehensive review of U.S. state and territorial HAI laws. Dr. Julie Reagan will present an overview of HAI laws and will discuss the most common legal provisions. She will also address the role of the federal government, along with its interplay with state HAI programs and implementing state laws. Rick Hogan will discuss Arkansas’ HAI law, providing a case example and overview of a state with voluntary reporting requirements. 

You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states. ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.


Each webinar is free and open to all interested parties. The Public Health Law Association is hosting September’s webinar. Register for this event here. Registration deadline: You must register by 1 p.m. (ET) on September 20. Information about webinar procedures will be distributed to all registrants before the event.

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