Arnold J Rosoff

Arnold J Rosoff
  • Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    650 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: antitrust in health care, comparative health care systems, especially japan and u.s., health care law, legal and regulatory controls on health care cost and quality, legal implications of clinical practice guidelines, legal, business and ethical aspects of health care, patients' rights, especially "informed consent" issues, pharmacy benefits management, private and governmental financing of health care

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Overview

Education

CLU, American College of Life Underwriters, 1973; JD, Columbia University, 1968; BS, University of Pennsylvania, 1965

Recent Consulting

Advice to employers, regulators, insurers, and managed care organizations on health care benefits and cost containment options

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine, 1992; Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 1976; Anvil Award for Teaching Excellence, 1982; Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1982-85; Undegraduate Excellence in Teaching Award, 1997

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1970-present (Chairperson, Legal Studies Department, 1991-95; Director, Wharton Executive MBA Program, 1991-93; Director, Wharton Government and Business Program, 1988-91). Visiting appointments: 2012, Senior Scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/oneillinstitute/faculty/Arnold-Rosoff.html); The Brookings Institution; Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; Harvard University; Health Care Financing Administration, DHHS

Other Positions

Associate, Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, Attorneys, 1968-70; 1984-88; Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1969

Professional Leadership 2005-2009

Deputy Editor, Journal of Legal Medicine, 1982-89, 1994-present; Editorial Board, Law, Medicine and Health Care, 1983-present; Contributing Editor, Hospital Law Manual, 1980-present

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Research

  • Arnold J Rosoff (2004), Informed Consent to Medical and Surgical Treatment, Legal Medicine, Vol. 6 (2004).

  • Arnold J Rosoff (2004), Health Law at Fifty Years: A Look Back, Health Matrix: J. Law-Med., (2004).

  • Arnold J Rosoff (2002), On Being a Physician in the Electronic Age: Peering into the Mists at ‘Point-and-Click’ Medicine, St. Louis U.L.J, 46 (2002).

  • Arnold J Rosoff (2001), Evidence-Based Medicine and the Law: The Courts Confront Clinical Practice Guidelines, J. Health Politics, Policy & Law, 26, p 327-68 (2001).

  • Arnold J Rosoff (2001), Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuits against MCOs: What’s Left after Pegram v. Herdrich?, J. Legal Med., 22, p 55-75 (2001).

  • Arnold J Rosoff (1999), Informed Consent in the Electronic Age, Am. J. L. & Med., 25, p 367-386 (1999).

  • Arnold J Rosoff (1998), The Changing Face of Pharmacy Benefits Management: Information Technology Pursues a Grand Mission, St. Louis U. L. J., 42, p 1-53 (1998).

Teaching

Past Courses

  • HCMG204 - Comparative Health Care Systems

    This course examines the structure of health care systems in different countries, focusing on financing, reimbursement, delivery systems and adoption of new technologies. We study the relative roles of private sector and public sector insurance and providers, and the effect of system design on cost, quality, efficiency and equity of medical services. Some issues we address are normative: Which systems and which public/private sector mixes are better at achieving efficiency and equity? Other issues are positive: How do these different systems deal with tough choices, such as decisions about new technologies? Our main focus is on the systems in four large, prototypical OECD countries--Germany, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom--and then look at other countries with interesting systems- including Italy, Chile, Singapore, Brazil, China and India. We draw lessons for the U.S. from foreign experience and vice versa.

  • HCMG841 - Health Services System

    This course provides an overview of the evolution, structure and current issues in the health care system. It examines the unique features of health care as a product, and the changing relationships between patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, communities, and government. The course examines three broad segments of the health care industry: payors, providers and suppliers. Within the payor segment, the course examines the sources and destinations of spending, managed care (HMOs, PPOs),employer based health insurance, technology assessment, payor strategy, and efforts to pay for the elderly, the poor & the medically indigent. Within the provider segment, the course examines the impact of cost containment and competition on hospitals and integrated delivery systems, long term care and disease management, and the important role of epidemiology in assessing population health needs and risks. Within the supplier segment, the course will examine developments in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, genomics and IT industries. NOTE: This is a required course for Wharton Graduate Health Care Management majors; it counts as an elective course for all other Wharton Graduate students. It is also open to Law School and Nursing School students with a joint Wharton Program.

  • HCMG859 - Comparative Health Care Systems

    This course examines the structure of health care systems in different countries, focusing on financing, reimbursement, delivery systems and adoption of new technologies. We study the relative roles of private sector and public sector insurance and providers, and the effect of system design on cost, quality, efficiency and equity of medical services. Some issues we address are normative: Which systems and which public/private sector mixes are better at achieving efficiency and equity? Other issues are positive: How do these different systems deal with the tough choices, such as decisions about new technologies? Our focus first on the systems in four large, prototypical OECD countries- Germany, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom -and then look at other developed and emerging countries with interesting systems - including Italy, Chile, Singapore, Brazil, China and India. We will draw lessons for the U.S. from foreign experience and vice versa.

  • LGST101 - Law and Social Values

    This course presents law as an evolving social institution, with special emphasis on the legal regulation of business in the context of social values. It considers basic concepts of law and legal process, in the U.S. and other legal systems, and introduces the fundamentals of rigorous legal analysis. An in-depth examination of contract law is included.

  • LGST202 - Law of Corporate Management and Finance

    This course provides an introduction to the law of corporate management and finance, focusing on large publicly held corporations. It is presented from the perspective that before too long virtually all students will serve on one or more corporate boards of directors and that each should, therefore, know about the duties owed by directors and officers to those toward whom they bear a fiduciary duty. The course covers the basic obligations of corporate directors and managers under state corporate law and the federal securities laws. It also considers the rights and responsibilities of other major stake holders in the governance of public corporations, including shareholders, creditors/bondholders, employees (including corporate executives), investment bankers, corporate lawyers, and accountants. Particular attention is given to the law of mergers and acquisitions. Important issues of social policy concerning large business corporations are also discussed.

  • LGST221 - Constitutional Law and Free Enterprise

    The course explores the fundamentals of U.S. constitutional doctrine and adjudication, with an emphasis on commercial and business issues and implications of constitutional law. The course starts by considering the Constitution and the structure and relationship of the governmental entities it establishes and upon which it depends. Special attention is given to the role of the federal courts, especially the Supreme Court, in interpreting and applying constitutional principles. From this foundation, the course moves on to examine in detail the major economic and business implications of constitutional law in different eras of the nation's history. A core theme is how historical events and changing notions of public policy have affected and been affected by the evolution of constitutional doctrine.

  • LGST299 - Seminar in Law and Society

    A study of the nature, functions, and limits of law as an agency of societal policy. Each semester an area of substantive law is studied for the purpose of examining the relationship between legal norms developed and developing in the area and societal problems and needs.

  • LGST611 - Responsibility in Global Management

    This course uses the global business context to introduce students to important legal, ethical and cultural challenges they will face as business leaders. Cases and materials will address how business leaders, constrained by law and motivated to act responsibly in a global context, should analyze relevant variables to make wise decisions. Topics will include an introduction to the basic theoretical frameworks used in the analysis of ethical issues, such as right-based, consequentialist-based, and virtue-based reasoning, and conflicting interpretations of corporate responsibility. The course will include materials that introduce students to basic legal (common law vs. civil law) and normative (human rights) regimes at work in the global economy as well as sensitize them to the role of local cultural traditions in global business activity. ,Topics may also include such issues as comparative forms of corporate governance, bribery and corruption in global markets, human rights issues, diverse legal compliance systems, corporate responses to global poverty, global environmental responsibilities, and challenges arising when companies face conflicting ethical demands between home and local, host country mores. The pedagogy emphasizes globalized cases, exercises, and theoretical materials from the fields of legal studies, business ethics and social responsibility. ,Format: class participation, midterm and final exams. Materials: coursepack.

  • LGST802 - Corporate Law and Management in Global Perspective

    This course provides an introduction to the law of corporate management and finance, focusing on large publicly held corporations. It is presented from the perspective that before too long virtually all students will serve on one or more corporate boards of directors and that each should, therefore, know about the duties owed by directors and officers to those toward whom they bear a fiduciary duty. The course covers the basic obligations of corporate directors and managers under state corporate law and the federal securities laws. It also considers the rights and responsibilites of other major stake holders in the governance of public corporations, including shareholders, creditors/bondholders, employees (including corporate executives), investment bankers, corporate lawyers, and accountants. Particular attention is given to the law of mergers and acquisitions. Important issues of social policy concerning large business corporations are also discussed. ,Format: Lecture and legal case discussion. Materials: To be determined.

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of the Gold Medal of the American College of Legal Medicine, 2004
  • Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1997
  • Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1985
  • Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1984
  • Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1983
  • Winner of the Anvil Award for Teaching, 1982
  • Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1982
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, 1976

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Arnold J Rosoff (2004), Informed Consent to Medical and Surgical Treatment, Legal Medicine, Vol. 6 (2004).
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Recipient of the Gold Medal of the American College of Legal Medicine 2004
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