General Course Description:
This course provides a basic foundation for legal practice in the field of Health Law. Substantive topics to be covered include: public health regulating the quality of health care, professional and institutional liability, managed care, confidentiality, informed consent, fraud and abuse, organizing health care delivery, access to health care, health care cost control, antitrust, human reproduction and birth, and life and death decisions, and research involving human subjects.
The objective of this course is to expose participants to the general areas of law that affect health care and delivery. "Health Law" is a broad term that encompasses not only the patient-healthcare provider relationship also includes legal issues pertaining to the health care industry, managed health care services, financing health care, the role of government in health care medical ethics and research involving human subjects. Federal and state legislation, regulation, and litigation have all had tremendous influence on health care. Some attorneys specialize in one or more areas of “health law” and many others periodically venture into the field of health care law. In addition, of course, patients, hospitals, nursing homes, and many health care personnel seek the legal services of attorneys with respect to legal issues relating to health law.
Text and Supplemental Materials:
Health Law, Cases and Materials, Furrow, Greaney, Johnson, Jost and Schwartz, West Publishing Company, Fifth Edition, 2004. The materials in the text book are set up to support several discrete courses. Since this course provides a general overview of health law, again, only selected portions are included in the syllabus. Supplemental materials such as Hawai`i statutes, new cases and articles will be posted on the My UH portal or distributed in class.