2014 Annual Survey: Health Care Law

Sean P. Byrne*
Garrett Hooe**

It has been several years since the Annual Survey of Virginia Law published a comprehensive Health Care Law update.[1] In that time, health care reform has taken center stage on the national level with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and related federal legislation. Here in the Commonwealth, we have seen incremental change in the health care law landscape, both in case decisions from the Supreme Court of Virginia impacting medical malpractice jurisprudence, and in a host of reform measures and legislative changes from the General Assembly. It is beyond the scope of this article to detail every change in this complex and fast-changing area of law, but noteworthy developments are highlighted here in an effort to inform the health law practitioner.

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*Director, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 1997, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 1993, University of Richmond. Mr. Byrne’s practice concentrates on medical malpractice defense and health care risk management advice. He is also an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.

**Associate, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 2012, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 2006, James Madison University. Mr. Hooe’s practice concentrates on medical malpractice defense in trial and appellate courts. The authors wish to thank and recognize Timothy Patterson, J.D. Candidate 2015, University of Richmond School of Law, for his able assistance with research and drafting.

[1].   See generally Kathleen M. McCauley & Kristri L. VanderLaan, Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Health Care Law, 44 U. Rich. L. Rev. 473 (2009) (the most recent such Health Care Law update).