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225.81 sec. 001 - Navigating US Healthcare Law (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Mark Zemelman  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 111
From August 21, 2023
To December 06, 2023

Course Start: August 21, 2023
Course End: December 06, 2023
Class Number: 32268

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 20
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of: (1) the legal structure of the U.S. healthcare system and the challenges that it faces with respect to the "Triple Aim" of high-quality patient care, population health, and affordability; and (2) alternative systems that advanced nations have developed to address similar challenges. Current health reform programs and proposals will be evaluated; and students will be introduced to the organizations that provide reliable data and evidence-based perspectives regarding healthcare policy. Finally, the various roles served by lawyers throughout the healthcare system will be discussed.

This class will emphasize comparative research, presentation, and discussion skills. In small teams, students will research and present the health systems of certain countries, and collectively evaluate the merits and drawbacks of each in relation to the U.S.

Two books will be used for the course: Sara E. Wilensky and Joel Teitelbaum, Essential of Health Policy and Law (Jones and Bartlett Learning, 5th Edition 2023); Mark Britnell, In Search of the Perfect Health System (Palgrave, 2015). Additionally, the class will refer to materials and data from various advocacy and public interest organizations, including:
• ACHP (Alliance of Community Health Plans)
• American Hospital Association
• Commonwealth Fund
• Health Affairs
• International Federation of Health Plans
• KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation)
• National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health)

Professor biographical information:
Mark Zemelman was General Counsel (2010–2021) and Assistant General Counsel (1998–2010) of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (dba Kaiser Permanente). He is a national expert on health systems that integrate health delivery and financing, value-based care models, health care reform, and federal and state regulation of health systems. As General Counsel, Mark built one of the most diverse and inclusive legal departments in corporate America. He is a regular speaker at industry events and recently co-authored a book that offers practical guidance to corporations and public institutions regarding the implementation of diversity and equity programs.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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Required Books are in blue

  • Essentials of Health Policy and Law
    Sara E. Wilensky, Joel B. Teitelbaum
    Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
    ISBN: 9781284247459
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: To Be Determined
  • In Search of the Perfect Health System
    Mark Britnell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
    ISBN: 9781137496614
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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