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Farringer Named Director of Health Law Studies

May 23, 2018 deborah farringer

Professor Deborah Farringer was recently named the Director of Health Law Studies at Belmont University College of Law. After ten years of practicing health law in the nation’s health care capital, Professor Farringer joined the faculty at Belmont Law in 2013 to help build the school’s health law program and train new attorneys in the complex and dynamic world of health law. With health care as one of the leading industries in Nashville, Belmont Law offers students the opportunity to pursue a Health Law Certificate, which provides a specialized knowledge of the health care field in relation to legal practice. In connection with this certificate, Professor Farringer teaches Health Law, Health Care Business and Finance, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, and Biomedical Ethics. Professor Farringer also teaches Business Associations and Contracts. Additionally, she is the faculty supervisor for the Belmont Practitioner’s Guide to Health Care Law & Policy. This journal serves as a resource for practitioners maneuvering through the complex legal landscape of health law through its blog, student notes, symposia and other programs. Professor Farringer also serves as the faculty supervisor for the school’s health law transactions moot court team, which participates annually in a national health law transactions competition. This competition helps students hone both their oral advocacy skills and research and writing skills while focusing on unique and sophisticated health law problems.

Professor Farringer focuses her scholarship in the area of health law and policy, primarily related to health care compliance, including fraud, abuse, and privacy issues. Her most recent articles have explored the increased cybersecurity risks that have arisen recently in hospitals and at other health care providers, including ransomware attacks, as a result of the movement toward electronic health records (see Send Us the Bitcoin or Patients Will Die: Addressing the Risks of Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals, 40 SEATTLE U. L. Rev. 937 (2017)), compliance challenges posed to health care providers based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion interpreting the materiality standard under the federal False Claims Act (see From Guns that Do Not Shoot to Foreign Staplers: Has the Supreme Court’s Materiality Standard under Esocbar Provided Clarity for the Health Care Industry About Fraud under the False Claims Act?, 83 BROOKLYN L. REV. (forthcoming 2018)), and the potential for false claims liability against electronic health records vendors based on a recent settlement between eClinicalWorks and the federal government (see The Computer Made Me Do It: Is There a Future for False Claims Act Liability Against Electronic Health Record Vendors?, 18 NEVADA L. J. 735 (2018)). Professor Farringer has presented at various conferences, including the 40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference in 2017 and she will be speaking in August of 2018 at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference. Such scholarly activity enables Professor Farringer to bring cutting edge health care topics into the classroom and give students deeper insight and knowledge about intricate areas of health law.

Professor Farringer is also actively engaged in the community in ways that help support and enhance her teaching and scholarship. She serves on the Vanderbilt University Conflicts of Interest Committee for the purpose of reviewing conflicts of interest in federal funded research. She also serves as a director for the Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit law firm that is focused on advocating for access to health care services for clients without an ability to pay or in need of resources beyond their means. In connection with such work, Professor Farringer also serves on the Advisory Committee for a program known as AskJane!, which is an electronic program designed to assist hospitals, health care providers, and others with trying to establish eligibility for state Medicaid programs. Lastly, Professor Farringer is actively involved in both the American Health Lawyers Association and the Tennessee Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee.