Articles

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What Legal Employers Want and Really Need (with E. Joan Blum, Elisabeth Keller, and Judith Tracey), The Second Draft (2011)
 

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ERISA Preemption of State “Play or Pay” Mandates: How PPACA Clouds an Already Confusing Picture, Journal of Health Care Law & Policy (2010)

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Although ERISA preemption was ranked among the top "eight pertinent issues" that...

 

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Drawing Lines in Shifting Sands: The U.S. Supreme Court's Mixed Messages on ERISA Preemption Imperil Health Care Reform, Journal of Legislation (2010)

This article explains how and why the U.S. Supreme Court’s increasingly erratic preemption jurisprudence has...

 
Do Not Edit When You Need to Revise (with E. Joan Blum, Elisabeth Keller, and Judith B. Tracy), Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2010)
 

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An Uncertain Risk and an Uncertain Future: Assessing the Legal Implications of Mercury Amalgram Fillings. (with Carolyn M. Welshhans), Boston College Law School Faculty Papers (2004)

Trying to buy a mercury thermometer at the local pharmacy these days will result in...

 

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Regulatory Improvement Legislation: Judicial Review of Provisions Regarding Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (with Frederick Anderson, E. Donald Elliott, Cynthia Farina, Ernest Gelhorn, John D. Graham, C. Boyden Gray, Jeffrey R. Holmstead, Ronald M. Levin, Lars Noah, Katherine Rhyne, and Jonathan Weiner), Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum (1999)
 
The Critical Role of Erisa in State Health Reform (with Troyen A. Brennan), Health Affairs (1994)
 

Books

Regulatory Update to Health Care Reform: Law and Practice (with Alice A. Noble and Michael M. Maddigan) (2014)
 
Health Care Reform: Law and Practice (with Alice A. Noble and Michael M. Maddigan) (2013)

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable...

 

Contributions to Books

Legal Issues, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (2009)
 

Online Publications

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Our Bodies, Our Cells: FDA Regulation of Autologous Adult Stem Cell Therapies (with Alice Noble), Bill of Health (2013)

Stem cells have been an endless source of fascination and controversy since Dolly the sheep...

 

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A Decade’s Quest for Safer Drugs: Congressional Committee Green Lights Regulation of Drug Supply Chains and Compounding Manufacturers (with Alice Noble), Bill of Health (2013)

On May 22. 2013, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved...

 

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The ACA’s Tobacco Use Rating: Implementation, Inconsistencies and Ironies (with Alice Noble), HealthLawProf Blog (2013)

As the Affordable Care Act continues toward full implementation, the law’s complexity is on full...

 

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Medical Malpractice, the Affordable Care Act and State Provider Shield Laws: More Myth than Necessity? (with Alice Noble), Bill of Health (2013)

Given the ambitions and reach of the Affordable Care Act, confusion about its intended and...

 

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Individual And Group Coverage Under The ACA: More Patches To The Federal-State Crazy Quilt, Health Affairs Blog (2013)

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Throughout the 2012 Presidential campaign, Republican contenders criticized the Affordable Care Act...

 

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The Supreme Court Upholds The Individual Mandate: But Who Are We Talking About? (with Alice Noble), Health Affairs Blog (2012)

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While the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate survived constitutional scrutiny in NFIB...

 

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The Supreme Court On The Affordable Care Act: What We Are Waiting For (with Alice Noble), Health Affairs Blog (2012)

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With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on the Affordable Care...

 

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Life is a Highway: Severability of the Affordable Care Act (with Alice Noble), Health Affairs Blog (2012)
 

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On the Individual Mandate Argument: Beyond Uncompensated Care (with Alice Noble), Health Affairs Blog (2012)
 

Works in Progress

Selected Professional Activities

Evolving Global Regulation of Adult Stem Cell Therapies and Technologies, International Federation of Adipose Therapeutic Sciences, 11th Annual Meeting (2013)
 
Regulation vs. The Practice of Medicine, STEMSO: The International Stem Cell Society Annual Conference (2013)

Professor Chirba presented on the impact of federal and cross-border regulation on the development and...

 
Panelist, Adult Adipose Stem Cell Therapies: Advances and Challenges, Genetics Policy Institute, World Stem Cell Summit: Connect, Collaborate, Cure (2012)
 
Adult Stem Cell Therapies: Regulatory Pathways, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (2012)
 
The Supreme Court and Election Year Politics: Myths vs. Reality in the Healthcare Debate, Joshua A. Guberman Lecture, Brandeis University (2012)
 
Physician Reimbursement and Other Payment Reforms under the Affordable Care Act, Brandeis-Tufts University MD / MPH program (2012)
 

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