Published on October 11, 2022 by Morgan Black  
Dike Minor Chinelo

Chinelo Diké-Minor, assistant professor of law in Cumberland School of Law, presented her work-in-progress, “An Incoherent Truth: Kickback Laws in the United States,” at the Health Law Scholars Workshop, Sept. 29-Oct.1, 2022. The workshop was co-sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and the Saint Louis University Law School Center for Health Law Studies. 

Diké-Minor was one of four junior faculty invited to participate in the workshop from a highly competitive pool of 19 junior faculty. A nominating committee, composed of nine health law and bioethics scholars from across the country, evaluated the abstracts looking for those that have an original thesis and are likely to produce scholarship that will make a significant contribution to health law bioethics scholarship. 

During a two-hour session, Diké-Minor presented her piece before a group of 17 senior faculty who offered critique and advice. The commentators provided a multi-disciplinary perspective grounded in health law, medicine, public health, outcomes research, economics, philosophy, and health care ethics. 

Professor Diké-Minor’s article offers a policy, historical and practical critique that argues that the federal Anti-Kickback Statute should apply to all health insurance programs in the U.S. The article is the first to track the legislative history of the Anti-Kickback Statute which criminalizes kickbacks in public health insurance programs. 

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