2010 Brochure

Summer Session
Health Law and Policy Institute

June 21 - July 1, 2010

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) announces the third annual Health Law and Policy Institute. This two-week program will provide JD and LLM students and practitioners with training in a broad spectrum of health law and policy topics. Custom-developed courses taught by nationally recognized health lawyers from private practice, health care organizations, government, and non-governmental organizations will provide an intensive learning experience. The Health Law and Policy Institute is designed for students and lawyers who are practicing or preparing to practice health care law, and offers training in theoretical and practical aspects of health law and policy. WCL's location in the nation's capital also provides students with an opportunity to combine participation in the Institute with exciting externships or summer positions that will enrich their health care law experience. Guest lectures, panel discussions, and other activities will provide Health Law and Policy Institute participants with dynamic learning and networking opportunities. Institute officials will act as liaisons to select participants interested in learning about internships/externships.

Program Fees

    Academic Credit
    Tuition per credit: $1,503
    Student Activity Fee: $50
    Certificate of Attendance/CLE
    1 course: $1,200
    2 courses: $1,950
    3 courses: $2,500
    4 courses: $3,000
    5 courses: $3,500

Course Listing and Schedules (PDF)


Each course is worth one academic credit.
Course Descriptions

WEEK ONE

    International Health and Human Rights
    Introduces students to the substance and theory of human rights law through a focus on public health. Exploring the linkage between human rights, international public health policy, and international law, the course examines the right to health vis-á-vis other human rights, as framed by international treaties and covenants. Academic credit requirement: 15 page paper, plus endnotes, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Monday and Tuesday (June 21-22)
    8:30am-5:00pm
    Syllabus

    Comparative Health Systems
    This course examines health systems from a comparative perspective. Like the U.S., many countries are struggling with economic, social and legal issues facing their respective health care systems and are being overwhelmed by escalating costs. In the process, many countries are confronting tensions between improving quality, ensuring adequate access, and controlling costs. This course will begin by defining "health systems" and exploring what they do and how they have evolved. We will then look at the configuration of health systems, examining different frameworks for healthcare delivery, financing, coverage, and allocation of resources. Next, we will focus on select health care systems around the globe and review the structure and functioning of their health systems. We will explore country-level debates on issues such as funding and will note how a country's history has influenced the development of its health system. The teaching strategies for this class include readings, lectures, group discussions, and experienced guest speakers. Academic credit requirement: 15 page paper, plus endnotes, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Monday through Thursday (June 21-24)
    9:30am-1:00pm
    Syllabus

    Health Care Business Transactions
    This course is designed to introduce students to the business and legal issues that arise in health care transactions and the regulatory environment surrounding such transactions. This course will cover health care contracts and joint ventures, with a particular emphasis on hospital-physician business relationships. This course will also delve into the nuts and bolts of health care merger and acquisition transactions. The goal of this course is to provide students with practical knowledge and an opportunity to participate in contract drafting, issue spotting and negotiation exercises. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Wednesday and Thursday (June 23-24)
    8:30am-5:00pm
    Syllabus

    Bioethics
    Considers legal, ethical, and public policy problems posed by developments in health care financing, allocation, and delivery. Topics include bioethics, federal reform of health policy, health care dispute resolution, health care transactions, managed care, medical liability, health law legislative and regulatory process, and public health law. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Thursday and Friday (June 24-June 25)
    8:30am-5:00pm
    Syllabus

    Health Law Fundamentals and Health Care Reform ("Boot Camp")
    Addresses the unique issues attorneys face in counseling health industry clients, including: coding, coverage, reimbursement, billing, compliance and other regulatory matters. Includes Congressional and state legislative initiatives, health care reform and recent Federal government regulatory actions. Academic credit requirement: 15 page paper, plus endnotes, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Monday through Thursday evenings (June 21-June 24)
    6:00pm-9:00pm and Friday morning (June 25): 9:00am-noon
    Syllabus

WEEK TWO

    Legal Issues in Health Care Fraud and Abuse
    Examines fraud and abuse in the delivery of health care through discussions of the criminal and civil laws and regulations that combat various forms of health care fraud. Course includes a False Claims "Boot Camp", as well as Stark and Anti-kickback statute issues; health care anti-fraud enforcement efforts; sanctions; and compliance. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Monday and Tuesday (June 28-29)
    8:00am-6:00pm
    Syllabus

    Genetics and the Law
    Genetics and the Law is intended to introduce students to the many ways in which the legal system, construed broadly, is influenced by and influences the science of genetics. This course also aims to introduce students to the ethical and societal concerns raised by new genetic technologies and how the law addresses these issues or may do so in the future Academic credit requirement: 15 page paper, plus endnotes, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Monday and Tuesday (June 28-29)
    8:30am-5:00pm
    Syllabus

    Intellectual Property and Health Care Law
    Provides significant exposure to the many relationships between U.S. patent, trademark and copyright laws and health care, including: Introduction to trademark law; Issues concerning trademarks and pharmaceuticals; Introduction to patent law; Introduction to Hatch-Waxman; Drug development pipeline and IP counseling; Reverse Payments and Heath Care Reform; Patenting Life Forms; Introduction to copyright law; Copyright and medical coding- who owns CPT?; Copyright issues and medical imaging; Copyright and medical technology - databases, software; Introduction to the international IP protection schemes; IP issues concerning medical devices; and The interplay in health care between privacy and IP-- data privacy, genetics, and biotechnology. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Wednesday and Thursday (June 30-July 1)
    8:30am-5:00pm
    Syllabus

    Pharmaceuticals and the Law
    As government increasingly determines the environment for how drugs are developed and delivered to patients, it is critical for biopharmaceutical manufacturers to engage in the policy realm to promote patient access to appropriate care and to preserve medical innovation. This course will provide an introduction to the range of legal and policy issues relevant to the pharmaceutical industry, including:

    • The regulatory regime governing drug development, approval, and promotion.
    • The laws and regulations governing access to biopharmaceuticals and other types of care under large government healthcare programs.
    • Fraud and abuse laws and regulations and "transparency" policy trends, including disclosure of and restrictions on interactions with healthcare providers.
    • "Healthcare reform" policy trends, including cost containment, expanding coverage for the uninsured, and improving the quality of healthcare.
    • Intellectual property protections for biopharmaceuticals, including patents and data exclusivity.
    • Product liability and biopharmaceuticals.
    Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Wednesday and Thursday (June 30-July 1)
    8:30am-5:00pm
    Syllabus

    Introduction to Medicine for Lawyers
    Teaches up-to-date information in an introduction to basic medical principles and practices, and reviews medical negligence law for those students interested in medical liability issues. Academic credit requirement: Take home exam, due 3 weeks after the course ends.
    Monday through Thursday evenings (June 28-July 1)
    6:00pm-9:00pm
    Syllabus

2010 Faculty


International Health and Human Rights: June 21-22
Gwendolyn Majette, Global Health Scholar
Lindsay Wiley, Washington College of Law

Comparative Health Systems: June 21-24 (4 mornings)
Leesa Klepper, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law

Health Care Business Transactions: June 23-24
Asha Scielzo, Senior Associate, Jones Day

Bioethics: June 24-25
Heidi Gertner, Senior Attorney, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Health Law Fundamentals ("Boot Camp"): June 21-24 (evenings); June 25 (morning)
Joel Michaels, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Ahavia Glaser, Senior Medicare Lobbyist, AARP
Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Partner, Epstein Becker & Green
Robert Dinerstein, Professor, Washington College of Law
Lindsay Wiley, Washington College of Law

Legal Issues in Health Care Fraud and Abuse: June 28-29
John Boese, Senior Partner, Fried Frank
Carrie Valiant & Jason Christ, Partner/Associate, Epstein Becker & Green
Stuart Silverman, Attorney, DC Office of Inspector General
Johanna Michaels Kreisel & Mark Fitzgerald, Associate/Partner, Powers Pyles Sutter Verville
Corrine Parver, Practitioner-in-Residence, Washington College of Law

Introduction to Genetics: June 28-29
Maureen McTeer, Adjunct professor, University of Ottawa

Intersection of Intellectual Property and Health Care: June 30-July 1
Jon Grossman, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro
Stephanie Wade, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro
James Brady, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro
Jeremy Cubert, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro

Pharmaceuticals and the Law: June 30-July 1
Janice Toran, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law
Michael Ruggiero, Senior Director, Astellas Pharma USA

Introduction to Medicine for Lawyers: June28-July 1 (evenings)
Dr. David Parver, Managing Partner, Retina Consultants
Steve Pavsner, Partner, Joseph Greenwald & Laake
Corrine Parver, WCL

Registration

For a complete listing of Summer 2010 courses at WCL, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/summer/

Contact information

For inquiries and request for applications, please contact us at:

Health Law and Policy Institute
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
ATTN: Corrine Parver, Esq.
Health Law and Policy, Program on Law and Government
Tel: 202-274-4136; Fax: 202-730-4709
Email: cparver@wcl.american.edu