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Health Law and Policy (Hoffman,A)

Spring 2021   LAW 687-001  

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Allison K. Hoffman

Professor of Law; Deputy Dean

Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents

100% Exam,
Other (I expect your engagement in class and in interactive class exercises. Your final exam grade may be adjusted one step up for strong class participation. For example, if your participation consistently enriches the quality of the class and your exam grade is a B+, your final grade will be increased to an A-. If you frequently miss class or do not participate, I will reach out to you to discuss with me and/or Dean Lin. If you anticipate any problem with this requirement, please discuss wit)

Short Answer,
Take Home,
Partial Open Book (Students may use course materials and notes they prepare on the exam. They may not use commercial outlines or books or articles that are not part of the course materials. )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 1:30PM - 2:50PM



This course provides a general introduction to the law, policy, politics, and economics of health care delivery and financing in the United States.  Students will gain an understanding of the legal and policy considerations that have shaped the relationships between providers (physicians and hospitals), payers (public and private), and patients and how areas of law (e.g., torts, contracts, antitrust, tax) develop in unique ways when applied to the health care industry. The course will cover selected aspects of the Affordable Care Act, COVID-related regulation, and new health regulations under the incoming administration.

This examination of how the law applies to the health care industry, which accounts for 1/6 of the U.S. economy, may appeal to students generally interested in public policy, as well as to students who intend to work in the health care field. No prerequisites are required.

Course Concentrations

Health Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of health law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of health law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to health law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection among health law and policy and issues of access to services, public and private financing of health industries, and the political and economic issues surrounding issues of health law and health services.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.


"Health Care Law and Ethics" by Hall, Bobinski, and Orentlicher
Edition: 9th
Publisher: Aspen Pub
ISBN: 9781454881803