This course surveys the intersection of the American legal system with the finance, delivery, organization, and regulation of health care. Topics to be covered include health care cost and access issues, health care policy and financing, and health care regulatory issues. Each of these broad subjects brings to the field of health law a number of fascinating and at times controversial legal and ethical problems which we will selectively explore. Our studies cover data privacy and security, regulatory compliance with an emphasis on Fraud, Abuse, Stark and Civil Monetary Penalty transactions, government and private health insurance benefits with an emphasis on the Accountable Care Act, professional and institutional responsibility and liability, tax exemption and governance of healthcare institutions.
Professor Joan Lebow, who teaches this course, is also the author of the chapter on Confidentiality and Privacy (Chapter 36) in The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois since 2007.