This book offers a current overview of Patient Safety and the federal and state policy decisions and legislation that has redefined the field of medical error and turned it into a broader and more complex field of legal study. The text combines a detailed presentation of current federal and state legislation aimed at Patient Safety along with up-to-date analysis of tort liability. All aspects of health care liability are considered, from physicians to hospitals, managed care organizations, and outpatient settings. Informed consent, HIPAA, EMTALA and other sources of liability are considered, covering all the liability/quality issues that an in-house counsel or a plaintiff or defense attorney can expect to confront in today's health care environment. New developments in state and federal regulation of "Never Events" is considered, along with the rapidly changing research on medical adverse events. The text is aimed at the specific content of an upper-level elective health law course and this law school casebook blends recent case law, statutory developments, and problems to maximize the flexibility of materials for teachers of health law. The notes are rich in detail and citations, allowing the teacher to spend more time on topics of particular interest. The many problems force the student to confront the interaction between complex medical issues and the statutory and common role rules that govern health care delivery.