Course Descriptions (Tentative)

Health Care Corporate Compliance and Governance (LAW 719H2-001) (1 credit) (MAY 31-JUNE 1, 2019) (PROFESSOR ASHA SCIELZO)

Students will explore the importance of corporate compliance for health care organizations, review the current health care compliance landscape, and become familiar with key compliance guidance and principles, including the seven elements of an effective compliance program.  Students will review compliance policies and learn about best practices for implementation.  Students will consider the role of the Compliance Officer and compare/contrast with the role of the General Counsel of a health care organization.  The course reading assignments and class exercises will also explore the role of training and education of compliance principles and the importance of promoting a culture of compliance from top down. Lectures will use current health care compliance failures as a teaching tool and will delve into the role of audits and internal monitoring, discipline for non-compliance, and best practices for compliance investigations.  With regards to corporate governance, the course will provide an overview of fiduciary duties, with emphasis on the specific challenges faced in the health care industry. The course will conclude with a discussion of how effective health care corporate compliance and governance intersect.  The teaching strategies for this course will include readings, lectures, group discussions and case study hypotheticals. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers with significant expertise in this field.

Health Care Business Transactions (LAW 719-008) (1 credit)  (JUNE DATES - TBD) (PROFESSOR DEREK KUNG)

This course is designed to introduce students to the complex legal and business that arise in health care transactions and the regulatory environment surrounding such transactions. This course will cover health care mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and contracting with other providers/suppliers and vendors (especially business associates)—through the lens of applicable laws (including antitrust, tax, HIPAA, fraud and abuse, among others).  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.

THE FALSE CLAIMS ACT IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY (719B1-001) (1 CREDIT) (JUNE DATES - TBD) (PROFESSOR ASHA SCIELZO)

The civil 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. Though the False Claims Act is designed to prevent many types of fraud committed by federal contractors, it has heightened importance and somewhat different application in health care.  This course will review the elements of the False Claims Act and consider enforcement, defense strategies, and qui tam provisions within the health care industry.  The teaching strategies for this course will include readings, lectures and group discussions.  Students will also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers with significant expertise in this field.