736 Health Law

Health care is one of the largest sectors of the economy, and the practice of health law is a growth area. This course is an introduction to regulatory health law as well as some prominent medical controversies. The course will address the recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as well as select topics in health law related to issues of access, cost, and quality of health care.  Possible topics include: regulation of physicians and health care institutions, confidentiality, informed consent,  individual and institutional obligations to provide care, disability and race discrimination in access to care, ERISA preemption and regulation, public and private health insurance structures and some of the major statutes that govern them, fraud and abuse, government powers in public health emergencies, genetic discrimination and eugenics, assisted suicide, and human and nonhuman animal experimentation for medical purposes.