About Daniel Orenstein

Daniel G. Orenstein, JD, MPH, is Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He teaches in the areas of administrative law, public health law, and health care law and policy. His research focuses on public health law, policy, and ethics, and he was previously Deputy Director of the Network for Public Health Law Western Region, where much of his work centered on emergency preparedness and response, including resource allocation and government authority during declared emergencies, as well as vaccination policy.

Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – June 28, 2021

Impacts on Health Care Workers This report by Weine et al. provides an analysis of impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care workforce and recommendations for minimizing adverse impacts now and over time. The authors are an interdisciplinaryRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – June 21, 2021

Resource Allocation & Triage Models This article by Chelen et. al. reports an assessment of policy preparedness and substantive triage criteria for ventilator allocation based on a survey from March-April 2020, in the early initial surge of cases in theRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – June 14, 2021

Staffing & Student Volunteers This article by Bahethi et al. describes the deployment of medical and graduate students via a set of 7 volunteer task forces operating at multiple hospitals within the Mount Sinai system in New York City duringRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – June 7, 2021

Health Systems & Supply Strategies This article by Warrington et al. traces the path followed by health systems in Vermont to address supply chain constraints that initially limited crucial testing supplies and restricted ability to scale up COVID-19 testing earlyRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – May 24, 2021

Health Systems and Strategies This article by Panda et al. reports a qualitative study of health care worker (HCW) redeployment strategies based on interviews with hospital leaders from 9 hospitals in 8 health systems across 5 countries (USA, United Kingdom,Read More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – May 17, 2021

Racial and Ethnic Disparities This article by Reitsma et al. adds to the literature on racial and ethnic disparities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The article analyzes exposure risk, testing, and cases, providing a detailed assessment at the subcounty levelRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – May 10, 2021

Health Workforce  This study by Bhandari et al. evaluates the impact of the pandemic on the U.S. health care labor market. The study found that unemployment rates increased dramatically for all health care industries, hitting unprecedented highs for dentists’ officesRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – May 3, 2021

Resource Allocation and Crisis Standards of Care This perspective by White & Lo responds to concerns that existing ICU triage protocols for allocation of scarce critical care resources may compound existing inequities that disadvantage patients from Black, Latinx, Indigenous, andRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – April 26, 2021

Health Care Workers  This Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post report presents findings from a nationally representative sample of over 1,300 frontline heath care workers from various care settings, part of an ongoing series of such surveys since 1995. Among the mostRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – April 19, 2021

Resource Allocation and Crisis Standards of Care This article by Fox et al. details the experience of 4 health systems collaborating to set statewide allocation criteria for remdesivir use in COVID-19 patients in Utah. Remdesivir received an emergency use authorizationRead More
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