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Health Law attorneys deal with the business, transactional, and regulatory environment of medicine and health care.  They may work in governmental agencies, law firms, or the corporate arena.  Those in governmental agencies assist in enforcing health laws of various types, ranging from public health to fraud and abuse, on the state and federal levels.  Those in private practice, regardless of the precise setting in which they work, are essentially specialized in-house counsel to health care organizations, such as hospitals, surgery centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, medical practices, and other health care providers. Health care law attorneys draft applications for permission to build or expand hospitals, or to add expensive equipment that requires certificate-of-need review.  They handle financial issues specific to health care, such as negotiating with drug, medical device, and durable medical equipment vendors.  They design and implement financial systems for health care expenses with the federal and state government, health care providers, insurance companies, and patients, and liaise with collections attorneys.  They handle regulatory issues involving health care, including the privacy and security of health care records and the certification, recertification, and training requirements of facilities and their employees and contractors.  They handle intellectual property issues, such as licensing hospital trademarks, and patents and copyrights on materials developed by staff.  They handle tort claims involving patients and staff, including personal injuries, wrongful deaths, and medical malpractice, and they liaise with outside counsel.  They also deal with health care ethics issues, such as patients leaving health care facilities without medical authorization, patients refusing care, and end-of-life decision-making.

Health law attorneys should have a background in business, corporate, and transactional law.  They should also understand administrative law, health care law, bioethics, information privacy law, debtor-creditor law, elder law, disability law, and employment law, among other areas.

For more information about health care law, see the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association Health Law Section, and the Florida Bar Health Law Section.

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Draft and interpret health care statutes and regulations.

  • Draft, implement, and interpret policies and procedures, and perform investigations and make decisions based upon those policies and procedures.

  • Investigate and make determinations on applications and complaints.

State Agencies
  • Counsel and advise state government and administrative staff or private individuals in dealings with government agencies.
Local Government
  • Draft, implement, and interpret policies and procedures, and perform investigations and make decisions based upon those policies and procedures.

  • Investigate and make determinations on applications and complaints.

  • Inspect healthcare facilities and records as part of periodic review or as necessary.
Private Law Firms
  •  Advise and counsel hospitals, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, other medical-product or -service vendors, or insurers.

  • Insure compliance with Medicaid, Medicare and other regulatory issues.

  • Insure compliance with Patient privacy laws, i.e., HIPPA.

  • Draft contracts, policies and procedures, and other documents.  

Student Organizations

Other Activities

  • Focus on a health law concentration while in law school.

  • Obtain an internship with an attorney or firm who practice health law.

  • Periodically check Symplicity Job Board for jobs and internships in this field of practice.

Health Law Curriculum Guide

HEALTH LAW

Faculty Members Include: Kathy Cerminara, Phyllis Coleman, Michael Flynn, Amanda Foster, Areto Imoukhuede, Donna Litman, Florence Shu-Acquaye, Fran Tetunic, Marilyn Uzdavines

 

Note: The College of Law offers a concentration in Health Law

https://www.law.nova.edu/jd-program/health-law.html

 

Core Offerings

Advanced Offerings

Related Offerings

Administrative Law(3 Credits) LAW 0695/ LAW 0690

 

Bioethics Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0897

 

Civil Practice Field Placement Clinic FT: 12 Credits LAW 0826/0829 or PT: 6 credits LAW 0828

Health Care Compliance (3 credits) LAW 4682

Disability Law (3 Credits) LAW 0095

Civil Pre-Trial Practice (3 Credits) LAW 0517

Health Care Organizations, Regulation and Access (3 Credits) LAW 0997

Elder Law Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0737

Dispute Resolution Clinic (8 Credits) LAW 1035/1036/ 1037

Health Policy, Bioethics and Quality of Care (3 Credits) LAW 4677

Health Law Workshop (3 Credits) LAW 1044

Florida Constitutional Law (3 Credits) LAW 0775 (FB)

 

Law and Medicine Seminar (2 Credits) LAW 0895

Insurance (2 credits) LAW 0830

 

Medical Malpractice (2 Credits) LAW 0873

Trial Advocacy (3 Credits) LAW 0890

 

 

Mental Health Law (3 Credits) LAW 0894