David Harlow

David Harlow

Health Care Thought Leader: Lawyer, Consultant, Speaker & Blogger at The Harlow Group LLC

Greater Boston Area
Hospital & Health Care

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David Harlow's Overview

  • Adjunct Faculty at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • Partner, Health Care Practice at Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
  • Deputy General Counsel at MA Department of Public Health

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David Harlow's Summary

I am a health care lawyer and consultant with over twenty-five years' public and private sector experience, which has given me a unique perspective on legal, policy and business issues facing the health care community. Health care providers, vendors and payors of all shapes and sizes rely on me to help them navigate the maze of regulatory and business issues facing them on a daily basis.

I am adept at assisting clients in developing new paradigms for their business organizations, relationships and processes so as to maximize the realization of organizational goals in a highly regulated environment, in realms ranging from physician-hospital relationships to data privacy and security to facilities development to social media strategies to the avoidance of fraud and abuse.

I am a charter member of the external Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and the Public Policy Chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine. I speak regularly before health care and legal industry groups on business, policy and legal matters.

Please contact me if you would like me to deliver a keynote at your event, or facilitate a retreat.

I am also available as a neutral in mediation and arbitration of disputes involving health care providers, vendors and payors.

Please check out my award-winning blog, HealthBlawg, for the latest on health care law and policy plus my observations and analysis.

You should follow me on Twitter.

David Harlow's Skills & Expertise

  1. Health Law
  2. Health Policy
  3. Health care strategy
  4. Healthcare
  5. Healthcare Industry
  6. HIPAA
  7. Privacy Law
  8. Social Media
  9. Data Privacy
  10. Mediation
  11. Medicaid
  12. Policy
  13. Medicare
  14. Accountable Care
  15. Health Care Compliance
  16. Healthcare Information Technology
  17. Facilitates collaboration
  18. Physicians
  19. Hospitals
  20. Health Care Systems
  21. Managed Care
  22. Physician Relations
  23. Health 2.0
  24. Arbitration
  25. Collaboration
  26. Patient Advocacy
  27. Security
  28. Emergency Medical
  29. Representation
  30. Health care policy
  31. Anti-Kickback Statute
  32. Public Health
  33. Revenue Cycle
  34. EHR
  35. Long-term Care
  36. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  37. Medical Imaging
  38. Informatics
  39. Corporate Law
  40. Healthcare Management
  41. Licensing
  42. Medical Compliance
  43. Joint Ventures
  44. Legal Research
  45. Effective representation
  46. Sees around corners
  47. Healthcare Consulting
  48. Health Care Reform

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David Harlow's Experience

Health Care Lawyer, Consultant & Blogger

The Harlow Group LLC

Privately Held; Myself Only; Law Practice industry

2005Present (9 years)

Health Care Law & Consulting

Adjunct Faculty

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

June 2010July 2010 (2 months)

Adjunct Faculty, Course in Health Law and Business Ethics, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
MD/MBA Dual Degree Program offered in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine

Partner, Health Care Practice

Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

19952005 (10 years)

Health care legal practice focused on regulatory and business matters for providers and payors

Deputy General Counsel

MA Department of Public Health

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

19911995 (4 years)

Respresented a number of Department programs regulating health care providers in their dealings with the regulated community and other governement agencies

David Harlow's Education

Boston University School of Law

JD, Health Law


Activities and Societies: American Journal of Law and Medicine

Boston University School of Public Health

MPH, Public Health and Health Law

Brown University

AB, Modern Literature & Society


David Harlow's Projects

  • Health IT Standards Committee, Consumer Technology Workgroup (Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, US Dept. of Health & Human Services)

    • May 2013 to April 2014
    Team Members: David Harlow

    The Consumer Technology Workgroup is charged with providing recommendations on standards and interoperability issues and opportunities related to strengthening the ability of consumers, patients, and lay caregivers to manage health and health care for themselves or others.

  • The Walking Gallery

    • April 2011 to Present

    Paint and patients, pills and policy all come together within The Walking Gallery of Healthcare. This walking wall of over 148 individuals who wear personal patient narrative paintings on their backs is changing minds and opening hearts. They are attending medical conferences where often there isn’t a patient speaker on the dais or in the audience. They are providing a patient voice, and by doing so, are changing the conversation.

    While creating national health policy medical professionals and government officials are often more reliant on aggregate data sets, bar charts, graphs and statistics, rather than the whole picture of care, the personal patient narrative and the individual human face.

    The Walking Gallery movement hopes to diversify the source content that is used to create the foundation for patient centered care policy, by infusing art imagery depicting a unique patient history or personal story.

    An artist or artists will interview medical professionals and lay individuals to form a patient centric narrative. The artist will then create representational imagery and paint that picture story upon the business jacket of the provider of the narrative account. The provider of the patient story aka “Walker” will wear the jacket to medical conferences and events in order to disseminate the patient story to a large group of policy minded attendees and to represent the individual patient voice in venues where they are underrepresented. Further, both artist and Walker will support the spread of the story and image via social media.

  • Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media - External Advisory Board

    Team Members: David Harlow
  • HealthBlawg :: David Harlow's Health Care Law Blog

    • June 2006 to Present
    Team Members: David Harlow

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David Harlow's Additional Information


health care, health care law, health care consulting, health care policy, health care legislative strategies, health care social media, health care data privacy and security, bicycling, photography

Groups and Associations:

Public Policy Chair, Society for Participatory Medicine. Charter Member, Advisory Board to Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. American Health Lawyers Association. Massachusetts Bar Association (and past member, Law Practice Management Council). Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, New England School of Acupuncture. Past Chairman of the Metropolitan Boston EMS Council.

Honors and Awards:

Rx For Excellence - Heroes from the Field, Mass. Medical Law Report
ABA Journal Blawg 100 (2009) (Only health care law and policy blog ever to make this list)

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