Grading based on mid-term and final exam.
This course introduces students to the law, organization and finance of our health care system. We will examine private health insurance, and the Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as health care institutions, mainly, hospitals,and managed care organizations. We will also examine how hospitals and physicians are compensated, the regulation of health care facilities, the tax status of health care institutions, issues of access to health care services and quality of care. Other issues examined include how medical personnel and insurers make decisions of medical necessity, the role of grievance and appeals when services are denied, and the role of liability. Readings include articles, cases and legal materials (e.g., pleadings, regulations, contracts) as well as news and policy and Internet-based sources.
Students may elect to write a paper in lieu of the final exam. Students who wish to fulfill the law school legal writing requirement may after completing the course enroll in a Directed Study for credit with Professor Rodwin and write an extended paper that builds on the paper written for the class.
Health/Biomedical Concentration Requirements
Exam or Paper Required
<<Course Updated: April 17, 2012>>