Health Care Law



Health Care Law, federal and state administered, deals with issues related to the United States health care system, covering a vast variety of legal subjects such as mental health, health reform, health insurance, patient protection, affordable health care and emergency health care.

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Health Care Law - US

  • ABA - Health Law Section

    The American Bar Association Health Law Section is dedicated to increasing interest in the field of health law. Its 8,885 members represent all areas of the health law industry and are committed to educating the legal profession in this rapidly changing area of practice.

  • Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in March 2010, gives you better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans.

  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

    In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay. Section 1867 of the Social Security Act imposes specific obligations on Medicare-participating hospitals that offer emergency services to provide a medical screening examination (MSE) when a request is made for examination or treatment for an emergency medical condition (EMC), including active labor, regardless of an individual's ability to pay.

  • Health Information Privacy

    The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety.

  • OHRP Policy and Guidance

    OHRP has published a variety of policy and regulatory guidance materials to assist the research community in conducting ethical research that is in compliance with the HHS regulations. These include guidance documents and frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing various topics, findings in the form of OHRP letters addressing regulatory issues, and other media including decision tree graphics and educational videos.

  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

    The regulation implementing the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA) was published on November 21, 2008, and became effective on January 19, 2009.

  • United States National Health Care Act

    To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes.

State Health Care Departments and Policies

Organizations Related to Health Care Law

  • American Accreditation HealthCare Commission

    URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability.

  • American Association of Nurse Attorneys

    TAANA members practice in private law practice, in academia, as litigators and defense attorneys, as legal counsel for healthcare entities, and in health care compliance among other settings.

  • American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM)

    The American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) was incorporated in 1960, with organizational roots dating back to 1955. It is the most prominent professional society in the United States concerned with addressing issues that arise at the interface of law and medicine. Fellows of the American College of Legal Medicine, which make up over 50% of its membership, have been trained and schooled in medicine and/or law and the majority hold both the MD and JD degrees. College members also include physicians (M.D., D.O.), attorneys (J.D., L.L.B), dentists, Registered Nurses, podiatrists, scientists, and other health professionals.

  • American Health Information Management Association

    AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) is a health information management (HIM) professional association over 61,000 members strong. Since its founding in 1928, AHIMA has remained committed to quality healthcare through quality information.

  • American Health Lawyers Association

    The American Health Lawyers Association is the nation's largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field with more than 10,000 members.

  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS represents almost a quarter of all federal outlays, and it administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. HHS’ Medicare program is the nation’s largest health insurer, handling more than 1 billion claims per year. Medicare and Medicaid together provide health care insurance for one in four Americans.

  • Health Care Compliance Association

    HCCA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance professionals and others who share these principles. The vision of HCCA is to be the pre-eminent compliance and ethics association promoting lasting success and integrity of organizations worldwide.

  • Healthcare Billing and Management Association (HBMA)

    A non-profit, member-led trade association, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) represents more than 600 third-party medical billing firms. Founded in 1993, HBMA fosters personal development, advocates on the behalf of the medical billing profession and promotes cooperation through a wide range of business resources, educational events, networking opportunities, certification programs and enforcement of the Medical Biller's Code of Ethics.

  • National Committee for Quality Assurance - Health Care

    The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.

  • National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association

    Founded in 1985 by several private health insurers and federal and state government officials, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association is the leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health care fraud. We are a private-public partnership — our members comprise more than 100 private health insurers and those public-sector law enforcement and regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over health care fraud committed against both private payers and public programs.

  • National Health Law Program (NHeLP)

    Founded in 1970, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) is a public interest law firm working to advance access to quality health care and protect the legal rights of low-income and underserved people. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people.

  • Office for Human Research Protections

    The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Office of Human Services Policy

    The Office of Human Services Policy (HSP)/HHS’ Chief Economist focuses on welfare, poverty, service delivery issues, data for research, policies affecting children, youth, and families, and economic matters affecting the Department. HSP is in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Publications Related to Health Care Law

  • Health Affairs

    Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres.

  • Kaiser Health News (KHN)

    Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. KHN’s mission is to provide high-quality coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels. In addition, KHN covers trends in the delivery of health care and in the marketplace.

  • Modern Healthcare

    Modern Healthcare is the industry's leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information. We report on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through our weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events. Our readers use that information to make informed business decisions and lead their organizations to success. It's for this reason that Modern Healthcare magazine is ranked No. 1 in readership among healthcare executives and deemed a "must-read" by the who's who in healthcare.

  • Reuters Health

    Reuters Health provides daily breaking news coverage of the global pharmaceutical, medical and consumer health sectors. Timely and authoritative, Reuters Health is a must-have resource for those managing doctor and patient facing websites, healthcare-focused publications, pharmaceutical industry corporate intranets and health sector information services.

Articles on HG.org Related to Health Care Law

  • The Need for More Medical Residency Positions Discussed in Texas Legislature
    As Business Insider recently noted, going to medical school in Texas can be a real bargain. The state caps in-state tuitions at about 6,650 per year at Texas medical schools.
  • Malpractice suits alleging “improper bonuses” settled
    Incentives are a great way to motivate individuals and push them to reach new heights and get better at a given task. Rewarding people for their efforts is a common practice that usually yields a positive result but that was not the case in two recent medical malpractice lawsuits against UPMC [University of Pittsburgh Medical Center].
  • Drug Side Effects: Researchers Question Efficacy of Abilify to Treat Depression
    Researchers found that side effects attributed to the drug dwarf the slight benefit to treating depression.
  • HIPPA Violation: Non-Medical Staff Accessed and Shared Medical Records. Who Do I Sue?
    When a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act occurs, severe penalties may be issued against the perpetrator when he or she is discovered due to the confidentiality of the records. However, if proper measures are not in place to ensure the data has been secured, the medical facility could be at fault in the incident as well, and a claim may be possible.
  • Drug Company Priced a Life-Saving Drug Out of My Budget. Do I Have a Lawsuit?
    Drugs for various diseases may save the lives of those with these ailments, and when the drug companies hike the prices to amounts that are not payable by the average person, the victims in these actions may be able to pursue a case. It is important to hire a lawyer to determine if there is sufficient information, evidence and material to attempt to litigate.
  • When Should You Contact an Asbestos Lawyer?
    Filing a claim for asbestos exposure is a complex matter. If you want to make the most out of your case and avoid the hurdles of the legal system, you should work with an experienced lawyer.
  • Veterans Exposed to Asbestos: How the Veterans’ Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act Can Help
    Veterans have had their share of misfortune in dealing with the VA health care system in the past years. Despite their right to benefit from support after years of military service, veterans often face long wait times, insufficient resources and delayed claim responses.
  • New Texas Legislation Provides Consumer Protections Concerning Freestanding ERs
    As the Texas Tribune reports, a couple of pieces of legislation recently passed into law in Austin will provide considerable protection for Texas health care consumers with regard to freestanding emergency rooms. Freestanding emergency rooms are facilities, often located in strip shopping malls, which are not attached to any hospital.
  • Nursing License Suspended Due to Disciplinary Action: Renewal with Legal Assistance
    When a professional must go through a disciplinary meeting because an issue has arisen that causes his or her license suspension, he or she may require months of fighting this for the license renewal. It is important to understand how to progress through these processes and what this means for the nurse.
  • Standard Nursing Obligations for Care
    Nurses are held to a higher standard than other professionals because they deal with patients on a constant basis, and their actions could lead to injury or death to someone if they are not careful. These obligations that nurses should carry out affect the health and wellbeing of many different individuals each day.
  • All Health Care and Social Law Articles

    Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide discussing legal aspects related to Health Care and Social including: defective drugs, failure to diagnose, informed consent, medical law, medical malpractice, medication errors, pharmaceutical law, social security, social services law, surgical errors.




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