Fall 2017
5297 HIPAA - EWER- 26113

Professor(s): Michael Ewer (VISITING)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Health Law 

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  TLocation: 4  BLB

Course Outline: Health Information Privacy Rule: Fall 2016; University of Houston Law Center.
Professor: Michael S. Ewer, MD, JD, LLM
Course number: 5297
Time and place: Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 PM(room not assigned yet)
Professor contact: mewer@mdanderson.org

This course is designed to help you understand the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and will look at the requirements of covered entities, business associates, and subcontractors. The course will start with an overview of HIPAA, and achieve an understanding of who is and who is not a covered entity, what constitutes protected health information, and how protected health information can and cannot be used or disclosed within the HIPAA rule. The course will look beyond individual rights to public policy exceptions within the rule, and will look at when protected health information may be used or disclosed without specific permission, when oral permission is sufficient, and when written disclosure is required. Limitations to disclosure for marketing and fundraising purposes will be discussed, as will specific requirements for psychotherapy notes. Notification requirements with regard to breaches and complaints as well as other administrative requirements will also be discussed. The course will consist of 15 sections; some but not all may be covered in a single session.
1) Introduction, overview, and covered entities
2) Protected health information
3) Uses and disclosures for treatment, payment, or operations
4) Uses and disclosures allowed under public policy
5) Disclosures for which oral permission is allowed
6) Uses and disclosures for which written authorization is required
7) Special considerations for disclosures of heightened protections
8) Uses and disclosures related to fundraising
9) Special considerations for research disclosures not requiring authorization
10) Business Associates and Business associate agreements
11) Miscellaneous issues
12) Individual rights
13) Compliance and enforcement
14) Organizational issues
15) Preemption
The course will use handout material and linked references; students will be required to prepare the assigned readings. A number of relevant cases will be discussed as time permits. A midterm written examination will be given, and we will discuss on the first day of class whether or not that should count toward the final grade, but it will serve to help students prepare the material to be learned in this class. There will be a two-hour written final examination that will have both multiple choice questions and an essay. Class participation and level of preparation may be counted toward the final grade. Attendance is required as per University of Houston standards. Attendance will be recorded. The use of personal computers is restricted to activity related to this class; no games, social networking, or eBay, please.
Office hours are before each of the class sessions in the Health Law and Policy Institute, or by arrangement.

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Final Exam Schedule: 12/5 6 -8pm  111 TU2    

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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Bar Course: No

Course Materials (4/13/2017 9:38:47 AM)

No book required for this course