Daniel Orenstein

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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 – April 12, 2021

Resource Allocation and Crisis Standards of Care This forthcoming article by Ne’eman et al. assesses Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) plans in 35 states to compare their approaches to disability as they intersect with allocation of scarce resources. Specifically, theRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – March 29, 2021

Crisis Standards of Care This article by Gershengorn et al. assesses whether resource allocations under crisis standards of care (CSC) during the COVID-19 pandemic were affected by racial or ethnic bias. Using a retrospective cohort study of over 1100 adultRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – March 22, 2021

Facilities This article by Porter et al. presents the experience of the Cleveland Clinic in utilizing an organizational-level team approach to address problems identified early in the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate organizational crises, including avoiding many negative consequences experienced atRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – March 15, 2021

Resource Allocation This article by Ehmann et al. provides operational recommendations to address resource allocation during a public health emergency. The recommendations were developed through a consortium of five health systems in Maryland, representing over half of all hospital inRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – March 8, 2021

Health Inequities This article by Clay et al. adds further data and analysis exploring the relationship between COVID-19 severity and other factors, including race and ethnicity, health care access and affordability, and existing comorbid conditions. Several studies have indicated aRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – March 1, 2021

Crisis Standards of Care This new report from the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports findings from a series of forums in which clinicians from hospitals across New York City discussed their experiencesRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – February 22, 2021

Nursing Homes This article by Gorges & Konetzka uses data from over 13,000 US nursing homes to determine whether case mix, facility characteristics, and community spread were associated with racial differences in COVID-19-associated deaths among residents. The study found thatRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – February 8, 2021

Health Care Workers This study by Yang et al. assesses whether health care workers (HCWs) are at risk of worse outcomes associated with COVID-19 (mechanical ventilation or death) compared to patients who are not HCWs. The target of the studyRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – February 1, 2021

Resource Allocation This preprint article by Sarkar et al. assesses the performance of three severity scoring systems (SOFA, OASIS, and APACHE IVa) across race/ethnicity. While developed for other purposes, such scoring systems (in particular SOFA) are also used in manyRead More
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Weekly Review: Ethics, Law & Policy – Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems – January 25, 2021

Supplies The new administration under President Biden has issued a large number of executive orders in its first days, including several related to pandemic response. Among other actions are orders: Invoking various emergency authorities, including the Defense Production Act, toRead More
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