The modern hospital is a complex organization that has numerous relationships with a vast array of stakeholders in the health care delivery system. Such organizations are heavily regulated by many governmental and on-governmental agencies and accrediting bodies. Today's health law practitioner must be familiar with a broad spectrum of statutes, regulations, and substantive areas of law in order to provide effective counsel to the health care facility client. The objective of this course is to give the student a practical perspective on the legal issues facing lawyers who represent health care facilities. Using the academic medical center as its model health care facility, this course will explore a wide range of substantive health law topics such as consent, confidentiality, professional licensure, among others, and students will analyze them within the context of the emerging issues of telemedicine, the electronic medical record, clinical data exchanges, and human subject research. This course will also apply substantive health law concepts to some of the more routine matters that counsel for health care facilities regularly address. Medical staff organization, health care financing, and professional misconduct are prime examples of these areas. Additionally, this course will briefly highlight some issues that are specific to other types of health care facilities, including long term care facilities, clinics, and home health care agencies.
Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam or take-home exam.