MC Law offers the following courses in the field of health law and bioethics. Additional course offerings are under consideration and will be added when finalized.
674 Health Care Law, 3 sem. hrs.
This course is a survey of fundamental legal issues related to the health care industry. It provides an introduction to the many issues with which lawyers working in the health care industry need to be familiar, and serves as a foundation for those students wishing to take additional, more in-depth courses in health law. Coverage will include the structure of the health care system, regulatory issues such as licensing, staff privileges, accreditation and certificates of need; antitrust; ERISA; government payor issues (Medicare and Medicaid); HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act); fraud and abuse (including Anti-Kickback and STARK I & II regulations); the legal obligation to provide treatment (including EMTALA); and health care reform.
532 Bioethics and Law Credit, 3 sem. hrs.
This course introduces a variety of dilemmas in biomedical ethics brought about primarily by innovative techniques and technologies that the biomedical sciences have developed; such as artificial reproductive technologies, genetic screening and engineering, and life support systems. Many of these dilemmas are not currently or clearly regulated by law. Thus, the primary focus of our inquiry will be whether these innovations should be regulated by law and if so, how. In this inquiry, ethical and policy considerations will play a substantial role in the analysis.
654 Insurance Credit, 3 sem. hrs.
A study of the laws and regulations governing the insurance industry including: classification of insurance; the marketing process; the principle of indemnity; the insurable interest doctrine; subrogation; other insurance clauses; persons and interests protected; warranties and representations; concealment; unconscionability; detrimental reliance; and the claims process.
673 Elder Law Credit, 3 sem. hrs.
This course is designed to provide students with a basic foundation for providing legal services to older persons. Because the specialty of elder law is defined by the type of client served rather than by a particular area of law, the subjects covered overlap with certain topics covered in other courses, such as Administrative Law, Law and Medicine, Wills and Estates, and Trusts. Topics covered in the Elder Law course will include such things as age discrimination, basic estate planning, entitlement to public benefits, planning for health and long-term care needs, challenges presented by physical or mental incapacity, exploitation of the elderly, end-of-life decisions, and ethical problems related to representing the elderly.
531 Food Law and Policy Credit, 2 sem. hrs.
A study of the laws and policies addressing food labeling, food safety, and food related consumer protection.