Course Descriptions

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  • 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.

  • LAW 776
    (3 Credit Hours)

    Prerequisites: RCC.* Three major trends in the health care industry are consolidation of providers, providers establishing relationships with other providers to coordinate care, and providers developing non-clinical revenue.  The purpose of this course is to expose students to the types of healthcare transactions associated with these trends.  Students will learn how to structure transactions, draft and negotiate transaction agreements, and conduct the due diligence necessary to carry out these transactions.  The course is intended to be highly interactive and team-oriented, two characteristics that exemplify a transactional legal practice.  A variety of law firm partners, associates and in-house counsel will join the class to discuss health care transactions and their roles in them.  The course will require multiple writing assignments and the grade will be based on these (75%) and class participation (25%).  Satisfies third semester writing requirement.

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