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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Friday, December 10, 2010

Health Affairs Call For Papers On Health Care Quality

Health Affairs will publish a theme issue on health care quality in April 2011. The journal's aim is to bring together the best current thinking on a range of topics related to quality and to highlight important trends, developments, and controversies. Health Affairs particularly wants to surface key issues or proposals for consideration by policy makers at the state, federal, organizational or industry level.

Papers should be submitted to Health Affairs by January 3, 2011 through the journal's online submission system here. Papers submitted by that date will be considered for inclusion in the theme issue as well as in subsequent issues of the journal later in 2011. Papers submitted after January 3 will be considered for later issues, but not for the April theme issue.

Detailed information on the theme issue and submission requirements is available on the Health Affairs Website here. Authors who are uncertain of the appropriateness of their work for the issue may informally send an abstract to Health Affairs deputy editor Sarah Dine at Other questions may be directed to Ms. Dine or executive editor Don Metz at

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Publication Opportunity: Journal of Food Law & Policy

The Journal of Food Law & Policy at the University of Arkansas School of Law is seeking submissions for its Spring 2011 issue. This Journal, the only student-edited U.S. law journal focused exclusively on food law issues, was started in July 2005, and it is now well established in the academic community. Available on both Westlaw and Hein On Line, the Journal features articles on a wide range of current issues of food law and policy.  It includes regular food law updates from the United States, the European Union, and Canada. The Journal is published twice a year and is edited by some of the top law students at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

 Article submissions can be e-mailed to

For more information, or to make a submission, contact the Journal via e-mail at or by phone at (479) 575-2754.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Side-By-Side Comparisons of Medicare Changes In Recent Deficit-Reduction Proposals

The Kaiser Foundation has posted a very useful tool that provides a side-by-side comparison of Medicare changes in the recent deficit-reduction proposals:

In response to mounting concern about the nation’s rising debt and deficit, and increasing apprehension about the federal budget, prominent leaders and various commissions have come forward with recommendations to strengthen the economy and bolster the nation’s fiscal health. These proposals include both tax increases and spending reductions in discretionary programs, including defense, and in mandatory programs, such as Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Each set of these proposals recommends reducing the growth in Medicare spending over time. Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 slowed the growth in Medicare spending by more than $400 billion between 2010 and 2019 and extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years, Medicare still accounts for 15 percent of the federal budget and is projected to grow over time due to rising health care costs and an aging population.          

To better understand the key Medicare changes put forward as part of the deficit- and debt-reduction debate, the Foundation has prepared side-by-side comparisons of the following proposals:

• The Administration’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, chaired by Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, based on the “Moment of Truth” report released on December 1, 2010;

• The Debt Reduction Task Force, chaired by Dr. Alice Rivlin and former Sen. Peter Domenici, in    their report “Restoring America’s Future”, released November 17, 2010;

• The Ryan/Rivlin Proposal put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan and Dr. Alice Rivlin on November 17,     2010;

• The Roadmap for America’s Future, as proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan in January of 2010;

• Dr. Bill Galston and Maya MacGuineas, whose recommendations were released as part of “The Future is Now” report on September 30, 2010; and

• Rep. Jan Schakowsky, whose Deficit Reduction Plan was released on November 16, 2010.

 The side-by-side comparison is available online.

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