Suggested Classes for Students Interested in Health Law:
Health Care Specific:
- Health Law I (Gilchrist) – This Course is a survey of legal issues related to the healthcare industry. Coverage includes all of the major (and some not so major) regulatory schemes in the healthlaw world, such as licensing and certificates of need; patient treatment rights (the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act and law on guardianships and voluntary and involuntary commitments); antitrust issues specific to the healthcare industry; government payor issues (Medicare and Medicaid); HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996); Fraud and Abuse law (Anti-Kickback, STARK and the False Claims Act); ERISA, and EMTALA.
- Health Law II (Gilchrist) – This seminar course explores current issues facing healthcare lawyers as they serve the interests of hospital and physician clients in an ever-more-regulated healthcare world. We will look at regulatory bodies in the hospital and physician world, quality of care issues, various healthcare entity structures and contracting issues between hospitals and doctors, medical staff credentialing and other medical staff issues, peer review processes and the concerns that arise from that process. Coverage also includes the operation of our Medicare and Medicaid systems and a brief overview of some current socio-ethical issues facing the healthcare world and our government.
- Health Law III (Gilchrist) – This Course is a seminar focused on the fraud and abuse laws that have been set in place to govern the interactions between all healthcare providers and the federal payors – Medicare and Medicaid. These laws are detailed and complicated, and impact the activities of healthcare providers in myriad ways on a daily basis – from recruiting and contracting with physicians, to leasing space, to purchasing equipment, to actual treatment of patients and billing of claims for reimbursement to Medicare and Medicaid. Every healthcare lawyer must, in short order, gain intimate familiarity with these laws, their exceptions and safe harbors, and the various implementing Government regulations and pronouncements. This Course will give students with an interest in a healthcare practice the foundational knowledge they will need to begin representing healthcare providers as clients. It will, more importantly, provide them with a base of knowledge that will make them an immediate asset to firms looking for associates to assist in this ever growing area of the law.
- Healthcare Law Workshop (Gilchrist)
Additional Recommended Courses:
- Administrative Law 605 (3 hours). Powers and procedures of administrative agencies and reviewing courts at the federal and state levels, including federal and state administrative procedures acts. As a healthcare lawyer, you will deal with administrative agencies, such as HHS, OIG, IRS, and the DOJ on a regular basis when new rules and regulations are handed down or your client is in violation of an administrative rule. Healthcare lawyers may also represent clients in challenging administrative rules/interpretations or lobbying for new rules/interpretations. Additionally healthcare lawyers frequently must represent clients before Administrative Law Judges.
- Bioethics 665 (3 hours – Writing). A three-hour course that covers a broad range of bioethics issues, including stem cell research, fetal tissue research, genetic testing, genetic engineering, human experimentation, the right-to-die, the right to demand medical treatment, physician-assisted suicide, reproductive rights, surrogate reproduction, medical informed consent, feminism issues regarding medical treatments, racism involving medical treatments, and other standard bioethics issues relating to patients’ due process, liberty, interest, and right of privacy.
- Elder Law Clinic (4 hours). Students write wills, prepare health care directives and Powers of Attorney, advise clients on nursing home and Medicaid regulations, and provide advice at meal centers and nursing homes. This section is supervised by Catherine V. Kilgore, Director of the Elder Law Project at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services.
- Employment Discrimination 640 (3 hours). Employment discrimination as regulated by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal statutes.
- Land Planning 632 (3 hours). People, government, and land use; policy goals and governmental methods; zoning, subdivision regulations, urban renewal, housing for low-income families, and industrial development.