HEALTH LAW SURVEY: THE LEGAL REGULATION OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS, QUALITY, & COST IN THE U.S.
(LAWA-4023) - 3 UNITS
This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the legal regulation of health care delivery and financing in the U.S. Students will learn about the structure and complexities of our health care non-system, especially the relationships between different health care actors (physicians and other health care professionals, hospitals and other kinds of facilities) and private and government insurers (Medicaid and Medicare). Students will gain an understanding of the key laws that regulate access (eg duty to treat, insurance mandates, antidiscrimination law), quality (eg licensing, peer review, tort liability), and cost (esp. provider reimbursement concerns). Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to think critically about the role of politics in health care law, the effectiveness of federal and state regulatory agencies charged with enforcement, and the tension that can arise when trying to balance access, quality, and cost goals. Whether students are interested in pursuing a transactional/corporate, civil litigation, public interest, or more policy-oriented career path, this course provides a useful foundation for learning about health law-related opportunities in each. This is an exam course.