Legal Analysis and Impact Analysis

New federal and state laws, regulations, and judicial decisions can have unintended effects on existing policies and programs. Conversely, new policies and programs must be structured to comply with existing laws and regulations. Partnering with public sector agencies and nonprofit organizations, the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School provides in-depth legal analysis to determine the following:

  • The impact of new federal or state mandates on existing health care policies or programs
  • New or existing policies’ and programs’ level of compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations
  • The full impact of both comprehensive reform plans and discrete policies and programs
  • Appropriate recommendations for necessary policy or program changes

Health lawyers and policy analysts at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School have long-term experience analyzing complex federal and state laws and regulations. When crafting and implementing new policies and programs, it is critical to understand the impact of new or existing federal and state laws on these policies and programs. We offer a full range of analytic services:

  • Analyzing and interpreting new, existing, or proposed federal and state laws and regulations
  • Monitoring legal trends in federal and state health care policy
  • Educating agency leaders and other stakeholders about legal implications
  • Providing litigation strategies and settlement support
  • Developing procurement documents for services upon implementation
  • Reviewing and assessing internal agency regulations to improve their clarity and effectiveness relative to each regulating agency’s mission

Our staff has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Federal Medicaid and State Children’s Insurance Plan (CHIP ) rules
  • Federal Medicare rules, including the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003
  • Evaluation of the intersection of Medicare and Medicaid eligibility and benefits
  • Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • State health insurance laws and rules
  • Social Security benefits under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)