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225.81 sec. 001 - Navigating US Healthcare Law (Fall 2024)

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


Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 240
From August 20, 2024
To November 19, 2024

Course Start: August 20, 2024
Course End: November 19, 2024
Class Number: 32233

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 07/19 08:39 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. Each student will research and present the health system of another country and evaluate the merits and drawbacks of each in relation to the U.S. A central focus of the course is how the U.S. healthcare system can be made more equitable.

Two books will be used for the course: Sara E. Wilensky and Joel Teitelbaum, Essentials 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.

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:
Consumer Law & Economic Justice
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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