National association names Mantel ‘Health Law Scholar’

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Jessica Mantel
Jessica Mantel

June 9, 2014 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Jessica Lind Mantel has been named a health law scholar by members of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, the third UHLC faculty member selected for the honor in recent years.

The announcement was made earlier this month at the annual ASLME Health Law Professors’ Conference in San Francisco.

The peer-reviewed program chooses four emerging scholars each year to write a paper under mentorship of senior health law scholars. The papers are presented at a September conference in St. Louis.  Many of those who go through the program have gone on to become leading health law scholars.

In explaining her paper, “Holding Hospitals Accountable for a Culture of Overutilization,” Mantel said, “Government officials increasingly seek to hold hospitals accountable for patterns of overtreatment under the False Claims Act (FCA). My article will argue that such cases fit awkwardly under a fraud paradigm and that overtreatment cases instead should be addressed under a new regulatory regime, one that bases hospitals’ responsibility for overtreatment on the connection between hospitals’ organizational culture and physicians’ treatment decisions.

Mantel, director of the Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute, joins previous health law scholars Professor Barbara Evans, George Butler Research Professor and director of the Center on Biotechnology & Law, in 2007, and Professor Jessica Roberts in 2010.

Health Law Professor Sidney D. Watson, of St. Louis University School of Law which hosts the fall conference, said she believes the Law Center is the only school to have three faculty members selected for the prestigious program.

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