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Begins by examining basic assumptions about the fields of health care financing and delivery. The course then focuses on the four major pillars of health law: access, financing, quality, and personhood. In the area of access, topics include statutory and common law obligations of health care providers to render care and civil rights issues within the health care arena. In financing, topics include private insurance, government programs to finance care for specific populations, and efforts to control costs within public and private systems. In the field of quality, topics include definitions of quality, systems of measurement, informed consent and standards of care, and regulatory versus free-market approaches. Topics related to personhood include rationing of services and ethical decisions. The course concludes with an examination of health reform models.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The required casebook is FURROW, ET AL., HEALTH LAW: CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS (6th ed. 2008). The required supplement is FURROW, ET AL., HEALTH CARE REFORM SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS (2012). Note that there is a new 2012 edition of the supplement that should be used in lieu of the 2011 edition. When assignments are given for the FURROW, ET AL. casebook, please include the Notes and Questions appearing after each case, but not any of the Problems, in your studies. Additional materials likely will from time to time be assigned, including materials available via the internet.
First Class Readings
Reading and Study Assignments for Classes 1-4 Pp. 1-10 Katskee, 28-40 Berry, 53-57, 58-71, 99-105 Jacobson, 116-128 Williams, Hoover, 130-140 McDonagh, 141-156 Ruebke, Sermchief, 159-167 Mauceri, 169- 176 Smith, 191-194
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