Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Health Care Privacy, Security, Data Protection (LAW-719F-001)
Kirk Nahra

Meets: 04:00 PM - 05:50 PM (M) - Yuma - Room Y404

Enrolled: 10 / Limit: 22

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Data is everywhere in the health care industry, and is being used by a broader range of entities for a broader range of purposes every day. Health care lawyers must understand the key principles surrounding the use and disclosure of personal data when providing virtually all aspects of legal advice to healthcare companies, including compliance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and the full range of specific privacy and data security laws and regulations. This course will explore the primary legal and policy principles surrounding the use and disclosure of personal data across the health care industry – the key privacy and security laws, regulations and principles that govern how the health care industry operates. This course will emphasize the primary privacy and information security principles set out in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) as a baseline framework, and will explore how these rules apply in theory and in practice. We also will explore emerging areas for privacy and information security, including new enforcement principles, issues related to security breaches and breach notification, and the emergence of “non-HIPAA” data as a new challenge to the privacy and data security regulatory structure. The goal for the class is to understand the key principles of the developing law in this area, but also to teach what a lawyer actually does on these issues and the need to combine legal knowledge with practical analysis and an understanding of business implications.

Method of Assessment: Take-home exam (75%); Class participation (25%)

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