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HC 260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery
Sweetnam, William J.


COURSE NUMBER: HC 260
COURSE TITLE: Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery
INSTRUCTOR: Bill Sweetnam
598-2553
billbsa@msn.com
TERM DATES: Mar 18 B May 6, 2005
MEETING TIME: Friday
5:00 p.m. B 10:00 p.m.
SITE: Ft. Bliss

I COURSE DESCRIPTION

Private and public law related to health care organizations, personnel, ethics, care standards, and breach of care liability. Topics include torts, contracts, statutory law, patient’s= rights, antitrust law, finance, medical records, and licensure, as well as constitutional and administrative law related to state and federal health care programs.

II GOALS OF THE COURSE

This course develops a comprehensive insight and working knowledge of the procedures for establishing guidelines in compliance with governmental laws and regulations and their implementation in the health care environment.

III LEARNING OBJECTIVES

A. The evolution and nature of health care issues
B. The role in health care for the administrator and health care worker
C. An understanding of the state and federal legal systems in regard to health care organizations
D. An understanding of malpractice suits and their impact to the rising costs in health care

IV COURSE ARRANGEMENTS

Lecture/Discussion
Participation by Students
Audio/Visual Material

V COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to do all reading and work assigned prior to class and is prepared to discuss the material in class.

VI TEXTBOOK

Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration; George D. Pozgar; Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.; 8th edition; 2003.


VII SUPPLEMENTAL READING

West=s Business Law, Clarkson, Miller, Jentz, and Cross, West Publishing Company, New York, latest edition.

VIII CLASS POLICIES

Class participation is expected and is a part of the final grade. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Attendance will be taken each class meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons and with PRIOR NOTIFICATION may be excusable. Absences will be reflected in the participation grade and the final grade. Two (one for Friday or Saturday session) unexcused or four (two for Friday or Saturday session) excused absences will be reported to the Park College Office, as required. Absences in excess of these guidelines will result in a grade of “F.”

If for some reason a student must be absence for a class when an exam or presentation is scheduled, the student MUST notify the instructor DIRECTLY and receive APPROVAL from the instructor PRIOR to the scheduled class session, otherwise the student will not be allowed to make up the exam and will receive a zero for the exam.

Submitting someone else’s work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will be given a grade of AF,@ dropped from the course, and the matter reported to the Director.

IX GRADING

The final course grade will be determined using the following guidelines:

Class Participation 8 %
Exam A 35 %
Presentation 22 %
Exam B 35 %
100 %

The following will be used to assign course letter grades:

90 B 100 A
80 B 89.9 B
70 B 79.9 C
60 B 69.9 D
Below 60 F




X CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE


CLASS CHAPTERS TOPICS

WEEK 1 INTRODUCTION
EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS OF COURSE
1 Introduction to law
2 Tort Law

WEEK 2 3 Criminal Aspects of Health Care
4 Contracts and Antitrust
DISCUSSION OF WRITTEN PROJECT AND PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS

WEEK 3 5 Civil Procedures and Trial Practice
6 Corporate Liability

WEEK 4 7 Medical Staff
8 Nursing and the Law
REVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
EXAM A

WEEK 5 9 Liabilities by Departments and Professionals
10 Information Management and Health Care Records
11 Patient Consent
REVIEW OF EXAM A

WEEK 6 12 Legal Reporting Requirements
13 Issues of Procreation
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

WEEK 7 14 Patient Rights and Responsibilities
15 AIDS
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

WEEK 8 16, 17, 18, 19 Highlights of these chapters
REVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
EXAM B