Julie Agris
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Julie Agris is an assistant professor at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hofstra Bioethics Center and Hofstra School of Health Sciences and Human Services. Dr. Agris teaches health law, ethics, bioethics, health policy and health care management internship seminars and directs the Master of Health Administration Program. In addition, she serves as the co-lead of the Continuum of Care Curriculum Design Team at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Prior to her appointments at Hofstra, Dr. Agris served as corporate compliance and privacy officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. She served in this capacity for North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Cohen Children’s Hospital and Zucker Hillside Hospital. Dr. Agris has published and presented in the areas in which she teaches and brings broad professional experience to these subject matters.

Dr. Agris began her career leading the health law division of a private law firm, in which she was responsible for all aspects of civil litigation. She subsequently became legislative counsel to the Vermont General Assembly health care committees, where she provided legal counsel to legislators on a nonpartisan basis. During her tenure with the Legislature, she was selected to pursue a Ph.D. as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Training Fellow. Her doctoral dissertation concentrated on aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). After serving as a legal intern at the White House, the Supreme Court on behalf of CBS Evening News, and the U.S. Department of Justice, her career progressed from state to federal government as a health care attorney for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she provided legal counsel to several of the Department’s programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. She also served as a technical authority on matters related to HIPAA and was selected to receive a prestigious Special Act Award for her work at CMS. Dr. Agris subsequently served as assistant general counsel to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and vice president, general counsel, and corporate compliance officer to Vantage Holding Company, LLC, a large consortium of hospitals partnering in shared health care services. She was responsible for providing legal and compliance counsel to the board of directors, senior management, and employees. In addition, she educated students in health policy and social policy as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University, The Behrend College.

Dr. Agris earned a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University; LL.M. from the Health Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center; Ph.D. in health policy from the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Brandeis University; and she graduated, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, from the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also an honorary member of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, recognizing outstanding academic achievement in the field of health administration.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.4142.001 Tools for Managing Nonprofits: Compliance, Internal Controls and Ethics

This class will prepare the future nonprofit manager to lead a legally compliant and ethical organization. As regulators, public funders and private donors increasingly expect the organizations they support to operate with the highest standards, managers need to understand the risks and punishments for failing in this critical management function. This is especially true in the present climate where scandals in the public, nonprofit and for profit sectors have heightened awareness and expectations for transparent and competence management.

Using readings and case studies students will gain an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment of the nonprofit organization. They will learn how to design an agency corporate compliance program, write the policies and procedures of internalcontrols and the basics of risk management. Ethical behavior and creating an ethical corporate culture will be woven throughout the course content.

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Spring 2014 HPAM-GP.4853.001 Healthcare Law and Ethics

This course explores the legal, policy and ethical issues encountered by health care professionals in the continuously evolving health care system. Topics will include government regulation of health care providers, patient consent to and refusal of treatment, human reproduction issues, privacy and confidentiality, tax-exemption, antitrust, fraud and abuse, mental health issues and health information management. Students will gain the ability to analyze legal and ethical health care resources by engaging in interactive discussions and informative research. 

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