This introductory health law course focuses on the regulation, structure, and financing of the American health care system, including issues raised by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Regulation and structural issues may include the legal organization of health care institutions, accreditation, medical staff disputes, managed care, fraud and abuse, tax exemption, and health care transactions. Access and financing issues may include private health insurance, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the continuation of health insurance under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and Medicare and Medicaid.
Health Law Bioethics and Quality of Care is another introductory health law course that focuses on bioethics and the mechanisms for assuring quality of health care. While the two courses are designed to complement each other, they need not be taken together or in order.