Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Health Care Compliance Practicum (Permission Required) (LAW-795HC-001)
Asha Scielzo

Meets: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM (TuTh) - Yuma - Room Y236

Enrolled: 4 / Limit: 4

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Grading for this class will be comprised of class participation, writing assignments, in-class projects, out-of-class projects, take-home exam.


This course examines fraud and abuse in the delivery of health care and will dive into practical applications of federal and state Anti-Kickback Laws, the federal physician self-referral law (Stark), the federal civil monetary penalty and exclusion laws, and the federal False Claims Act. Issues arising under food and drug law and medical device and pharmaceutical regulation will also be probed. All content will be studied from the perspectives of compliance, transactions, and enforcement. The in-class time for this course will be structured to be experiential in nature with the emphasis on analyzing mock client hypotheticals and practicing oral and written communication presentation skills. The focus of this course will be on preparing and participating in the 7th Annual Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition hosted by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore, MD on Saturday February 17, 2018 (8 am - 3 pm). This course earns two academic credits, but will meet for two sessions per week of 1 hrs and 50 minutes each (but only for the first 7 weeks of the semester). Instructor approval is needed for registration and there are course pre-requisites.

Enrollment is limited to J.D. students. Interested students should email their resumes to Professor Scielzo at Scielzo@wcl.american.edu. In their email, students should indicate which health law and food and drug law courses they have taken and which courses they plan to take in the spring 2018 semester. In particular, the email should indicate whether the student has taken Health Care Fraud and Abuse and/or Food and Drug Law and whether the student will be a 2L, 3L, or part-time 4L in the spring 2018 semester.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

Required reading materials primarily consist of statutes, regulations and case law, along with federal and state agency guidance, and other publicly-available materials. All such materials are available on-line, posted to MyWCL, or will be distributed in class. A textbook may be assigned in the Syllabus.

First Class Readings

The first class reading will be outlined in the Syllabus. Class reading assignments are expected to be completed in advance of class.