I have taught the following courses:
• Health Information, Privacy, & Innovation (focuses on health IT)
• Health Data Analysis & Advocacy (co-taught with a statistician)
• Health Care Law & Policy
• Health Care Finance and Regulation
• Technology, Equality, and Human Rights (seminar)
• Administrative Law
• Intellectual Property
I have also participated in training sessions for compliance professionals, Chinese food & drug regulators, the Veterans Affairs Administration, health law experts, and hospital administrators.
Selected, brief course descriptions appear below:
Health Information, Privacy, and Innovation
This course focuses on the uses (and misuses) of health information compiled about patients, insureds, research subjects, physicians, hospitals, and populations. Medical privacy law has focused on assuring the privacy, security, and accuracy of medical data. The post-ACA landscape includeS more concern about balancing privacy, innovation, access, and cost-control. Beyond HIPAA and HITECH regulation, consumer protection law plays an important role in these fields. After covering patient and provider data, the course turns to insurer data, including trade secret protection of prices paid to hospitals, conflicts over the interpretation of disclosure requirements in the ACA, and state regulation of insurer-run doctor-rating sites. Quality improvement and pilot programs are also examined.
Health Care Law & Policy
Health law is complex because it features state and federal statutes’ (and regulations’) interactions with long-standing principles of contract and tort law. The course begins by trying to delineate the minimum level of quality necessary for an intervention to be deemed medical treatment. The law regulates both health care professionals and institutions. Who qualifies to be a doctor or nurse? What types of treatments can they offer? How are hospitals licensed? These questions provide an administrative law foundation for the contract and tort law issues that come up in cases of informed consent, liability, malpractice, and end-of-life care. The course also examines law and policy governing health care affordability and accessibility, including regulation of both public and private insurance systems.
This course surveys federal administrative law, focusing on federal agencies' rules, adjudications, guidances, and related materials. The question of what is law—or merely an interpretation, guideline, best practice, or good idea—is at the core of the course. Mastering the substance of administrative law in any particular area—say, environmental or occupational safety law--takes years. This course focuses on something more manageable: the process of administration common in many federal agencies. By the end of the course, you should possess a basic understanding of: 1) how rules are made and applied by federal administrative agencies, 2) how to interpret statutes, 3) the due process requirements for agency action, 4) the scope and limits of agency power, and 5) the scope and limits of presidential, judicial, and legislative control over agency action.