601:614. HEALTH LAW: REGULATING QUALITY & THE PATIENT-PROVIDER RELATIONSHIP (3) WI (effective Spring 2017)
LE = 12
This course is about how best to provide high quality medical care and promote patient safety in the context of remarkable developments in medical technology and ever more complex financial, business and institutional models for delivering health care. Substantive themes include the patient safety movement, checklists and systems approaches to quality of care, evidence-based medicine, clinical practice guidelines and the opioid epidemic. We will study the formation of the patient-provider relationship, the duty provide emergency care, informed consent, malpractice liability of physicians, hospitals, and managed care organizations, confidentiality, accreditation, licensing, and hospital staff privileges, as affected by state common law and statutes, and by federal statutes including EMTALA (emergency care), ERISA (federal preemption of state law and remedies), HIPAA (privacy), the Affordable Care Act and competing approaches currently being debated. The course will have no exam, and grades will be based on class participation and writing projects.
Along with its companion course, Health Law: Regulating Financing, this course is designed to form the foundation for much of the health law curriculum and for the practice of health law. This course is designed to be taken by itself, or before or after Health Law: Regulating Financing.