2 academic credits
The focus of this course is the privacy and security provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the foundation for federal protections of health care information. Additionally, the course will examine preemption and the interplay between HIPAA and other federal and state health privacy laws, and the application and enforcement of those laws as they relate to privacy and security in the health care setting.
The objectives of this course include learning how to: (i) identify situations that implicate HIPAA; (ii) understand which provisions of the privacy and security law and rules apply to given situations and how to apply those provisions; and (iii) understand the significance of sound security measures in an era of increasing electronic crimes. Given the breadth of the subject matter and the short time allotted, students will not be expected to understand the full depth and complexity of applicable laws and rules; they will, however, be expected to understand key definitions and basic concepts under HIPAA and to analyze the interplay between HIPAA and other privacy laws, including basic preemption.
Sheri Beck, WMCL ’94, Privacy Officer, Prime Therapeutics
2 academic credits
This course examines legal, ethical, and social issues raised by our nation’s growing elder population. Focus is on the practical application of concepts in Elder Law. Special attention is given to: 1) ethical issues in elder representation; 2) family issues, such as grandparent rights and marriage; 3) retirement; 4) property management, including joint ownership and financial accounts, trusts, and estate planning; 5) alternative decision-making, including health care directives, powers of attorney, and guardianship and conservatorship; 6) managing and paying for health care, including Medicaid, Medicare, and long-term care insurance; 7) health care options and licensing and regulation of health care and housing providers; 8) elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation; 9) remedies, such as criminal, administrative, and civil remedies, including medical malpractice; 10) elder mediation; and 11) end-of-life issues, including POLST and physician aid in dying.
Suzy Scheller, HUSL ’08, Scheller Legal Solutions, LLC
ACA Evolution: Past, Present, and Future of Obamacare
Kate Johansen, WMCL ’09, Director of Government Regulations, Medica
Health Care Compliance Institute
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – Monday, August 21, 2017
3 academic credits
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the most important legal and practical concepts in the field of health care compliance. Specifically, students will develop an understanding of the laws and regulations encountered by compliance professionals in daily practice with specific attention paid to the federal regulatory infrastructure along with relevant provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Students will also explore key operational concepts including investigations, enforcement and reporting requirements, billing and coding basics, management skills and strategies, along with employee and vendor issues, and leadership training to enhance workplace relationships. Students will test legal and operational concepts through simulation-based projects and assignments on the discussion board, small group exercises, and oral presentations.
Barbara Colombo, WMCL ’88, Director, Health Care Compliance Program, Assistant Teaching Professor
- Students must complete all coursework.
- Degree-seeking students must submit a written paper or complete an examination as specified in each course syllabus.
- Students may take one or more courses. No course requires a prerequisite.
Syllabi for all courses are made available in April.
Law/Graduate Students: Degree-seeking students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school should complete Part A of the application form and return it with a letter from their school’s registrar reflecting their status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Mitchell Hamline course(s) as a visiting student. NOTE: Mitchell Hamline Law students do not need a letter of good standing from the registrar.
Others: Other professionals may apply by completing Part B of the application form. To be considered, applicants must furnish an official transcript indicating completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Attorneys/Compliance Professionals: We will be seeking approval from the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for these courses to qualify for On-Demand CLE credits. We will also be seeking approval from the Compliance Certification Board for the HIPAA Privacy course to qualify for CEU credits. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Partial scholarships are available for non-MHSL students. Scholarship requests should be sent to Kari McMartin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuition for non-degree seeking students is TBD.
A $150 per course, non-refundable tuition deposit must accompany all applications. The deposit will be credited toward the total tuition amount and only will only be returned if you cannot secure a seat in the course. The balance of the tuition is due one week prior to the course opening, for each course, after which no refund will be made.Apply Now
Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-registered basis. Students will receive confirmation of enrollment via email. Mitchell Hamline School of Law reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Any request to drop a course must be in writing.