Akron Law’s New Health Law Program featured in Akron Legal News


“As officials and pundits continue to debate the long-term effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, law schools have begun stepping up their efforts to train future healthcare lawyers charged with helping clients comply with the act’s regulations and adapt to changes brought on by advancements in the medical field. Last summer The University of Akron School of Law became the latest institution in northeast Ohio to offer specialized training for those considering going into the field, launching its Public Health Law & Science Center and Health Law Certificate Program.

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs healthcare lawyer Joseph Feltes is … a guest lecturer at the Public Health Law & Science Center as well as a member of [its] steering committee.

‘I have been a healthcare lawyer for 35 years,’ said Feltes, the partner in charge of Buckingham’s Canton office. ‘Right now we are in the middle of a paradigmatic change in the delivery and payment of healthcare services. There has been nothing like it for the past 50 years and regardless of the fate of Obamacare there is no turning back the clock on things like value-driven care, hospital-physician alignment, patient-centered medical homes, technology and significant advances in research and science.’

‘Healthcare lawyers in the future are going to need to get their arms around the regulations which are going to come out in droves and tackle the legal and ethical debates that result from research. I think law and science are going to have to learn to walk hand-in-hand and that is exactly what the new health center is preparing students to do.’”

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