This course is an introduction to the American health care system. It addresses the laws governing medical practice and health care institutions, with an emphasis on the federal regulatory overlay on the provision of health care. Subjects covered will include: health care reform, regulation and organization of institutions (hospitals, managed care organizations, corporate form), ERISA, financing (Medicare and Medicaid), quality of care (malpractice, tort reform, quality assurance and error), and patient rights (informed consent, access to care).
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