Course Descriptions

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  • LAW 617
    (2 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Health Care Law, LAW 686, highly recommended but not required. Compliance professionals, most of whom are lawyers, are among the most sought-after professionals in the country, with more positions available than persons with the training and expertise to fill those positions. This course will provide an introduction to compliance with statutes, regulations and internal requirements generally with an emphasis on compliance in the health care industry. This course will cover the following topics: defining and understanding compliance, the essential elements of an effective compliance program, organizational steps necessary to achieve compliance and understanding where compliance fits into the various aspects of the health care industry. The course will also touch on the major substantive areas that require intense compliance activity, although the students will be presumed to have a basic working understanding of those statutes and regulations from a previous health care law course. Students will learn how to ensure that clients comply with the appropriate laws and regulations including: the CMS Regulations, the False Claims Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Act, HIPAA, the Stark Law, and the federal sentencing guidelines. Grades will be based on (1) a final exam and (2) class participation.

  • LAW 627
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*; Health Care Law, LAW 686 (may be taken concurrently). The law of health care finance is fast advancing as a field of legal study because of the urgency of health care attorneys to understand how health care providers are paid; what their clients must know, do and go through to get paid; the regulatory challenges their clients face; and their financial and budgetary realities. The purpose of this three (3) credit hour course is to empower students to become and be practical health care lawyers, taking into account the aforementioned matters of health care finance. This course employs a client-centric approach for students to learn and then contemporaneously apply their knowledge of the definition of "health care finance"; the moral, political and economic considerations that drive health care finance policy; U.S. health care insurance reform; health law finance regulation and oversight; and the realities of business facing health care providers.

  • LAW 682
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites:RCC*. In this course students will explore the large body of law governing the financial arrangements between health care providers and payors. Students will participate in a detailed examination of (i) The Federal False Claims Act; (ii) The Federal Anti-Kickback Statute; (iii) The "Stark" laws; (iv) the Civil Monetary Penalty Statutes; (v) the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA); (vi) the impact of health care reform legislation on these statutes; (vii) current trends in enforcement; and (viii) cases recently decided as examples of the application of these laws, their prosecution and defense.

  • LAW 686
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC*. This course will address the legal and business issues facing health care institutions and health care providers, including the business structure of institutions; payment issues, including Medicare, Medicaid and third party reimbursement; state and federal regulations as applied to health care institutions and providers; not-for-profit tax issues arising in the health care context; and business relationships between health care institutions and providers. Satisfies administrative law requirement.

  • LAW 616
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC. * This course will focus on the federal legislative and regulatory process in the health care arena. It will address the process of how health care laws are developed, enacted, and implemented through the regulatory process. It will examine the role of congressional committees, the congressional budget office, MedPAC, think tanks and stakeholders in developing health related legislation. We will discuss the ways in which the political branches, namely Congress and the President, influence agencies' substantive health policy making process. Finally, some consideration will be given to legislative and regulatory drafting. Satisfies the administrative law requirement.

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