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Health Law & Bioethics: Other Administrative Materials

This guide is tailored to students seeking assistance with paper topic selection & related research for Prof. Wilson's Health Law & Bioethics seminar. Other researchers may find this guide useful for finding resources related to health law & bioethics.

Welcome!

This page contains links to additional administrative materials related to health law and bioethics.  While regulations and agency decisions may have the force of law, many agencies put out lots of other useful materials. These materials may include handbooks, fact sheets, statistical reports, and other useful guidence. Though most of this material would not have the force of law, it can be very valuable when accessing how an agency might interpret a law of view a specific course of action.

This page will provide guidence on how to locate state and federal agency websites concerned with healthcare and related topics. On the far right coulm there are links to other governmental and commercial resources which may collect a variety of administrative materials. 

State Administrative Materials

Since some of the areas of law which fall under the health law umbrella are part of state law domain, it is important to know how to locate state agency materials as well.

To find a list of state administrative agencies in your jurisdiction you must first locate the official state website. An A-Z listing of state governmental websites is located on USA.gov. Sometimes the homepage will link directly to a list of state administrative agencies. In other case you might need to search the website for executive branch information. You can also use the site search box to locate a listing of agencies.

Just as with federal administrative agencies, the depth and breadth of materials available will depend on each agency.

Other Administrative Materials

Health law is a heavily regulated area of law. In addition to issuing rules and regulations, administrative agencies typically have the authority to enforce (adjudicate) those rules and regulations through hearing and decision making processes. Agency hearing decisions are published in official reporters and in many commercially published sources. Rulings by an administrative law judge or administrative tribunal are available in both print and electronic formats.

Agencies also develop a number of secondary materials which can aid your research. Agencies produce memos, brochures, reports, handbooks, and more. The depth of material, as well as the types of resources, available can vary greatly depending on the agency. Additionally, more than one agency may be involved in the regulation of an issue or are of law.

Many of these materials can be accessed via commerical resources such as WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law. Bloomberg Law has strong regulatory coverage. Specialized databases such as Intelliconnect and Knowledge Mosaic can also be used to locate regulatory resources. [See resource list located in right-hand colum.]

Agency websites, however, are ofted the best place to locate administrative secondary source maderials.  An A-Z list of U.S. administrative agencies is available on USA.gov. Below is a non-exhaustive list of administrative agencies related to health law and bioethics.

Social Security Administration(SSA)

  • Social Security delivers a broad range of services online at socialsecurity.gov.  Som e of these services include information about benefits, how to obtain a social security card, inormation for people from all walks of life, and many publications explaining aspects of social security in greater detail.

 Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

  • OSHA's task is to help our nations employers to maintain safe work environments through safety regulation, enforcement, and training.  The publications section contains a plethora of information for bot empoyers and employees.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • The CDC helps to protect America from health, safety and security threats in the form of communicable diseases whether at home or abroad, chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack. The CDC has many useful statistics and publications.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

  • The FDA is responsible for regulating the safety of food, drugs, and a wide variety of other products.  The FDA's website offers guidance to the drug industry, food safety information for consumers, and information on many more subjects.

Health and Human Services (HHS) 

  • HHS is the U.S. 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.  The HHS website has general information, news, and publications.

Links to administrative law resources

In addition to locating statutes and regulations,  these resources can help you find additional agency materials.

Bloomberg Law, Intelliconnect , and Regulations.gov are especially good resources for these types of materials.