Welcome to the 2017 Health Law and Policy Summer Institute!
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, DC
June 12-17, 2017

Health law is an incredibly complex and dynamic field. It encompasses many diverse areas of legal practice, including litigation, regulatory counseling, and corporate practice, to name only a few. The field of health law has expanded significantly in recent years and will continue to grow in importance.

What is the Institute?

The Health Law and Policy Summer Institute at American University Washington College of Law welcomes both students and experienced professionals from around the nation. The Institute offers a diverse selection of courses, all of which are taught by leading health law experts. Each course delves into the legal, regulatory, policy, and compliance implications of the subject matter at hand and emphasizes practical insights and application.

Students may take the courses for academic credit, and professionals may earn continuing education (CLE) credit or a general certificate of participation. The Institute's flexible schedule includes both day and evening courses. Students taking the courses for academic credit may register for a maximum of two (2) academic credits per week.

Courses Offered:

***(New Course)*** The Law and Policy of Health Insurance Reform (719J-001) (1 credit)
Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15
6 pm - 9:15 pm
Mr. Joel Michaels (Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP)

Significant changes to the policies and laws surrounding health insurance coverage in the U.S. are anticipated in the coming months. In this course, students will examine the status of the Affordable Care Act as well as key principles of health care reform, including access to health care coverage, changes in provider payment systems that impact health care costs, and consumer responsibility in managing the costs of health care coverage. For more information about the course description, click here.

False Claims Act in the Health Care Industry (719B1-001) (1 credit)
Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13
9 am - 4:30 pm
Professor Asha Scielzo (American University WCL Health Law & Policy Fellow)
Special Guest Lecturer: Mr. John T. Boese (Counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP)

The False Claims Act, also known as the "Lincoln Law" after its primary proponent, President Abraham Lincoln, was initially developed during the Civil War. The Act was a response to war profiteering by military contractors who attempted to defraud the government. After many years and significant amendments along the way, the False Claims Act has become a very powerful fraud and enforcement tool for the government in its effort to combat fraud - especially in the health care industry. In fact, the government won or negotiated more than $2.5 billion in health care fraud judgments and settlements in fiscal year 2016, as reported in the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 released by DHHS and DOJ on January 19, 2017. For more information about the course description, click here.

Pharmaceuticals and the Law (719JJ-001) (1 credit)
Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15
9 am - 4:30 pm
Mr. Daniel Kracov (Partner and Co-Chair, Life Sciences and Healthcare Regulation, Arnold and Porter LLP)
Special Guest Lecturers: Ms. Allison Shuren (Co-Chair, Life Sciences and Healthcare Regulation, Arnold and Porter LLP) and Ms. Rosemary Maxwell (Counsel at Arnold & Porter LLP)

Pharmaceutical laws relate to the creation, sale, distribution, and use of pharmaceutical drugs and include intellectual property rights that protect drug manufacturers' research, safety standards, restrictions on marketing drugs to the public, and rules regulating how drugs may be prescribed and distributed. Students will examine these areas as well as fraud and abuse laws, policy trends, and First Amendment issues. For more information about the course description, click here.

Health Care Business Transactions (719-008) (1 credit)
Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17
9 am - 4:30 pm
Professor Asha Scielzo (American University WCL Health Law & Policy Fellow)

The health care industry is made up of a web of business transactions, including contracts, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, to name a few. Transactional lawyers are called upon to manage and negotiate complex transactions, while advising clients on legal issues. In this course, students will be exposed to the types of transactions that are prevalent in the health care industry and examine the key business and legal issues that arise. For more information about the course description, click here.

Networking Opportunities

False Claims Act in the Health Care Industry special guest lecturer, Mr. John T. Boese, along with Professor Asha Scielzo, will be hosting a "Lunch and Learn" networking opportunity on Monday, June 12th from 12 pm - 1 pm. Lunch will be provided and students will have the opportunity to network, discuss careers, and ask questions about the practice.

Health Care Business Transactions special guest lecturer, Ms. Toby Singer, along with Professor Asha Scielzo, will also be hosting a "Lunch and Learn" networking opportunity on Friday, June 16th from 12 pm - 1 pm. Lunch will be provided and students will have the opportunity to network, discuss careers, and ask questions about the practice.

Registration

Registration is on a rolling basis, but space is limited as courses have enrollment maximums.

Contact Us

For more information or to receive updates about the 2017 Institute, please contact Health Law & Policy Fellow, Asha Scielzo at scielzo@wcl.american.edu.