Seema Mohapatra

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Seema Mohapatra is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow
at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, She teaches Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Genetics and the Law, Torts, and Bioethics and the Law. Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts, and international health and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy. Professor Mohapatra currently teaches Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Genetics and the Law. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law in Chicago at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. She earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. She earned a bachelor of arts in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.

Review: CDC Interim guidance for implementing safety practices for critical infrastructure workers possibly exposed to COVID-19

The CDC released new guidance on April 8, 2020 regarding safety practices for critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Unlike the old guidance which suggested that workers stay home forRead More
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Review: Interim guidance for implementing safety practices for critical infrastructure workers

Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19. The federal government has released new guidelines for when people in critical infrastructure roles can return toRead More
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Review: Calling all states to report standardized information on COVID-19 hospitalizations

This Health Affairs post urges that state Departments of Health to provide “consistent standardized public reporting on cumulative COVID-19 hospitalizations, cumulative COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU, current COVID-19 patients hospitalized, and current COVID-19 patients in the ICU.” The authorsRead More
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Review: The pandemic’s missing data

This op-ed in the New York Times by Dr. Aletha Maybank, Chief Health Equity Officer of the American Medical Association, urges ” laboratories, health institutions, state and local health departments and the Department of Health and Human Services to standardize,Read More
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Review: Improving care for pregnant and postpartum women amid the COVID-19 pandemic

This post suggests that in order to improve care for pregnant and postpartum women in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, state Medicaid programs should implement presumptive eligibility for pregnant women, increase the income limits for pregnancy-related Medicaid, expand Medicaid underRead More
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Review: Illinois public health officials release racial and ethnic demographic data on COVID-19 patients

Illinois public health officials released racial and ethnic demographic data about COVID-19 patients, which showed that of the confirmed cases in Illinois as of March 27, 2020, 39% were White, 28% were Black, 4% were Asian, and 7% were Latino.Read More
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Review: The coronavirus and the risks to the elderly in long-term care

This article discusses how residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities are more susceptible to COVID-19 and thus suppression should focus on testing and infection control at LTC facilities, while also being mindful of a state’s need to inspect LTC facilitiesRead More
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Review: New York Governor’s executive order requires all hospitals to allow partners in delivery rooms despite COVID-19 risk

This newpaper article outlines the governor’s executive order that requires all hospitals in New York, both public and private, to allow pregnant people to have a partner in the labor and delivery room in compliance with the latest guidance from theRead More
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Review: Preventing the spread of COVID‐19 to nursing homes: Experience from a Singapore geriatric centre

This letter to the editor in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society describes ways Singapore has avoided nursing home transmission of COVID-19 including the restriction of visitors to all healthcare institutions, prescreening of visitors, and reduction in unnecessary transferRead More
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Review: NASEM rapid expert consultation on the possibility of bioaerosol spread of SARS-CoV-2 for the COVID-19 pandemic (April 1, 2020)

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats released an expert consultation that notes that while specific research on COVID-19 is limited, results of available studies support the possibility thatRead More
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