Spring 2021 Course Schedule

Health Care Compliance Practicum (Permission Only, Compressed) (LAW-811-001)
Asha Scielzo

Meets: 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM ( TH)

Enrolled: 3 / Limit: 6

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This course satisfies the Health Care Compliance Certificate. This is a two-credit experiential course with live class time compressed (i.e., front-loaded) in the first half of the semester. The first live class will be held on Thursday January 14, 2021 and the last live class will be held on Thursday March 4, 2021. During live class time, students will focus on simulations, mock client hypotheticals and oral and written communication/presentation skills. A central aspect of this course will be to prepare for and participate in the 10th Annual Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition hosted by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (to be held virtually in mid-late February). After the competition is over, students will be required to write a short paper (approximately 10 pages) on any health law topic, in lieu of a final exam. TO APPLY: students must contact Professor Scielzo at scielzo@wcl.american.edu with a list of all health law/food and drug law-related courses already completed or concurrently enrolled in Spring 2021 and a resume. (Health Care Fraud and Abuse is required; Food and Drug Law (and/or Pharmaceuticals and the Law) is preferred.) Deadline to apply is 9 am Thursday November 5, 2020.


This course examines fraud and abuse in the delivery of health care and the 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. The intersection of fraud and abuse laws with 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.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Reading for this course will consist of materials designed to help students review and refresh on content learned in other health law/food and drug law courses.

First Class Readings

All readings to be specified in the syllabus, which will be provided to students when they are accepted into the course.