This introductory health law course focuses on the regulation, structure, and financing of the American health care system, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ongoing health care reform efforts. Regulation and structural issues include the legal organization of health care institutions, corporate practice of medicine doctrine, medical staff disputes, managed care, fraud and abuse, tax exemption, and health care transactions. Access and financing issues include health insurance regulation, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), 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.