U.S. Health Law Fundamentals (Coursera)

U.S. Health Law Fundamentals (Coursera)
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U.S. Health Law Fundamentals (Coursera)
This course explores how statutes, regulations, common law, and market forces help or hinder three major goals of policy makers: increasing access, reducing cost, and improving quality. We will examine the Supreme Court’s rulings on the ACA and other legal aspects of modern health care reform.

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Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to describe the laws, regulations, common law and market forces that shape our health care system and identify areas where ideas and innovation are needed; explain the malpractice system and how it influences medical practice; and analyze legal aspects of the ACA.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

- Identify the distinguishing features of the American healthcare system and the role of administrative law in modern medical care

- Understand the history, scope, and limits of conscientious objection

- Define the basic medical malpractice standard used in the U.S. legal system

- Understand the role of the federal government in administering Medicare and Medicaid

Course 1 of 4 in the Healthcare Law Specialization.


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, EMTALA

This introductory module begins with an overview of the U.S. legal system as context for the complex patchwork that is U.S. health law. We then look in detail at how administrative law functions to regulate modern medical care. Then we take a close look at our first specific law - EMTALA, which guarantees screening and stabilization in emergency situations.


WEEK 2

Formation and Termination, Privacy and Confidentiality

The second module closely examines the doctor-patient relationship: how it is formed, terminated, and in some cases, abandoned. We then examine the rise of conscientious objection as a right of medical providers.


WEEK 3

Quality Control

This module explores the various mechanisms in place to ensure quality control in the U.S. healthcare system, including licensure and accreditation as a preventative measure, and tort law and liability as a remedial measure.


WEEK 4

Medicare, Medicaid, and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

This final module focuses on the role of the federal government in administering Medicare and Medicaid as well as the effects of the recently passed Affordable Care Act.



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