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Health Law Institute 2014 Summer Term

Application Form

Course Offerings

Health Care Compliance Institute
May 27, 28, 29, 30, June 2, 3, 4 (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
3 academic credits, Approved for 35 Standard CLE credits

East Hall 106
2013 Syllabus  

Course Description: 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. Students will also explore key operational concepts including investigations, enforcement and reporting requirements, billing and coding basics, along with employee and vendor issues. Students will test legal and operational concepts through simulation-based projects and small group exercises, including drafting assignments and mock interviews.

Lead Faculty: Barbara Colombo, Senior Fellow, Health Care Compliance Certificate Director, Health Law Institute, Hamline University School of Law.

Biotechnology Policy
June 7 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
June 8 (Prepare Testimony)
June 9, 10, 11, 12 (5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
2 academic credits, Approved for 21 Standard CLE credits

Course Description: 
Advances in biotechnology and the life sciences are reshaping when life begins, how life is lived and when life ends. Developments such as vaccines; prenatal and preimplantation genetics; transplantation of tissues, organs and other body parts; fertility preservation, and advancements in biomedical research challenge long held perceptions of the intersection of law, medicine and society.  These weighty challenges exemplify the reactive nature of law and the role that ethical dilemmas, and at times, ethical disputes play in establishing law and policy in a very diverse and pluralistic society.

This class will explore the historical relationship between law and bioethics and examine how law and bioethics come together or may be at odds in resolving the many dilemmas raised by biotechnology.  This class will look at how innovations such as vaccines, genetic diagnosis at the beginning of life, fertility preservation and transplantation have influenced, changed, transformed and created new legal, ethical and policy responses as well as how existing policies have been adapted to accommodate these new technologies. We will examine how existing frameworks continue to be applied and we will analyze whether, in fact, new approaches are truly necessary or even desirable.

Faculty: Nanette Elster, Vice President, Spence & Elster, PC; Lecturer, Neiswanger Institute 


Elder Law
June 17, 18, 19, 20 (4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
June 21 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 
2 academic credits, Approved for 23.5 Standard CLE credits

2013 Syllabus

Course Description: This course examines a number of legal, ethical, and social issues raised by our nation's growing elder population. Special attention is given to: (i) elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation; (ii) the licensing, certification, accreditation, and general regulation of health care and housing providers; (iii) end-of-life issues, including senior settlements, health care directives, surrogacy, and physician-assisted suicide; (iv) guardianship and conservatorship; (v) financial planning for retirement; (vi) managing and paying for health care, including Medicaid, Medicare, long-term care insurance, and health care reform issues; (vii) property management, including durable powers of attorney for property, joint ownership and financial accounts, trusts, and estate planning; (viii) age discrimination; (ix) ethical issues in elder representation; and (x) other family issues, including “grandparents as parents,” grandchild visitation, and later marriages and re-marriages.

Faculty: Suzy Scheller, Counselor at Law, Scheller Legal Solutions, LLC; Past Chair, MSBA Elder Law Section

Health Care Fraud & Abuse
June 24, 25, 26, 27 (4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
June 28 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

2 academic credits, Approved for 23.5 Standard CLE credits 

Course Description: This course examines laws and regulations that impose criminal and civil penalties on health care providers for fraud and abuse, with special emphasis on the Federal False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Physician Self-Referral (Stark) Law. Civil Monetary Penalty and exclusion laws and the application of traditional federal white collar criminal statutes to health care will also be discussed. Further, other topics - including the use of the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine, the use of settlements as enforcement mechanisms, and the changes brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - will be explored. At the conclusion of the course, the student should have a basic working knowledge of the laws and regulations concerning health care fraud and abuse.

Faculty: Isaac Buck, Professor, Mercer University School of Law

Course Requirements

Students must attend all class sessions and complete an advance reading assignment. Degree-seeking students must submit a written paper or complete an exam. Students may take one or more courses. No course requires a prerequisite.

Course Materials

All courses require completion of a reading assignment prior to the first class meeting. Syllabi for all courses will be made available the first week of May and will include a list of the text/course materials which students will need to purchase for each course. The advance reading assignment will be provided prior to the start of each course.


Law and 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 his or her school's registrar reflecting the applicant's status as a student in good standing with permission to take the Hamline course(s) as a visiting student.

Attorneys: Attorneys may apply to take summer courses by completing Part B of the application form. Attorneys will be granted special student status. CLE credits will be granted upon completion of each course.

Others: Other professionals may apply to take summer courses by completing Part C of the application form. To be considered, applicants must furnish a transcript indicating completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree.


Tuition for degree-seeking students is $1,260 per academic credit. This includes students seeking credit for a graduate degree or those seeking credits to complete the JD Hamline Health Law Certificate Programs.

Tuition for auditing students is $630 per academic credit.

A $150 per course, non-refundable tuition deposit must accompany all applications. The tuition deposit will be deducted from the total tuition amount. This deposit will only be returned if the applicant is not accepted into the course.

The balance of the tuition is due one week prior to the beginning class session for each course after which no refund will be made.

Applications are accepted on a first-come/first-registered basis. Students will receive confirmation of enrollment via email. Hamline University School of Law reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.


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