HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery


U1OO 2006 WO


Hillman, Kevin S.


Adjunct Faculty


BA, Centre College
JD, University of Cincinnati

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

June 5-July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


Pozgar, George D. (2004),  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration. (9th ed.),  Sudbury, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers

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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, patients' rights, antitrust law, finance, medical records, and  licensure, as well as constitutional and administrative law related to state and  federal health care programs.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The class will consist of a mixture of readings, classroom lecture, and interactive DVD case studies to develop the student's understanding of the materials and relate how the law applies to both the health care environment and the student's every life.  Students should be prepared to discuss the readings and add their insight and opinions to create lively and informative classroom discussion.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal basis and governance of health care organizations.
  2. Understand the issues of licensing, regulation, and accreditation.
  3. Understand the issues of payment, including managed care.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the potential civil and criminal penalties for violations of the law.
  5. Understand medical and other staff issues, including employment law in regards to these matters.
  6. Discuss the basic principles of legal liability as they relate to health care.
  7. Discuss the issues of the relationship of the patient to the doctor and hospital.
  8. Discuss the matter of treatment authorization and refusal.
  9. Recognize legal issues in regard to access, confidentiality, disclosure of patient records.
  10. Discuss the matter of reproductive issues and the legal issues surrounding them.
  11. Discuss the matter of death and dead bodies and the legal issues surrounding them.
Class Assessment:
In order to assess a student's understanding of the legal concepts covered in this class, the following will be used:  Two quizzes, a midterm examination, a final examination, and classroom participation.

90  to  100%          A
80  to  89%           B
70  to  79%           C
60  to  69%           D
59% and below      F

Quizzes                20%
Midterm                35%
Final                40%
Class Participation 05%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late without prior permission.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.  If you are going to, or think that you may submit an assignment late, you need to discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A. Attendance: Students are expected to attend each class meeting and be prepared.  If a student is unable to attend a class, the student must contact the instructor prior to the class. The student is responsible for making up all assignments and work from any missed class.  If a student is having any problems during the class, they should contact the instructor immediately for assistance and guidance.
B. Make-Up Examinations and Quizzes: If a student must miss a quiz, the mid-term, or the final examination, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor or Park University prior to the scheduled examination.  Arrangements will be made so that the quiz or examination can be made available in the Park University office.  All make-up quizzes and examinations should be made up prior to the next scheduled class.  Failure to notify the instructor prior to missing a quiz or examination may result in the loss of points or a zero.
C. Extra Credit: Students are offered the opportunity to obtain extra credit in this class by writing a three to five page paper about a court case of their choice which pertains to the topics studied in this course.  The student is able to earn up to ten extra points onto their final examination if they choose to complete this assignment.  If you wish to take this opportunity, you should decide on a court case and inform the instructor of your decision prior to the fourth class.  The instructor reserves the right to tell the student that he or she must choose another case because the chosen case is either inapplicable or has already been selected by another student.  Students participating in this extra credit opportunity must then submit a brief (one - two) page typed outline to the instructor by the fifth class.  The final typed paper is due at the beginning of the last class.  This paper should be typed in 11 point, Times New Roman font.  It should be double-spaced.  The instructor will not accept late papers.  If you are having difficulty obtaining a case or you need assistance in order to complete this paper, please discuss your difficulties with the instructor and I will be happy to assist in any way I can.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week One
Introduction to Law
Read Chapters 1 and 2
Tort Law
Read Chapter 3

Week Two
Quiz #1 (on material covered during week one)
Criminal Aspects of Health Care
Read Chapter 4
Contracts and Antitrust
Read Chapter 5

Week Three
Civil Procedure and Trial Practice
Read Chapter 6
Corporate Liability
Read Chapter 7
Medical Staff
Read Chapter 8
Nursing and the Law
Read Chapter 9
You be the Judge DVD
Class Discussion

Week Four
Review Session
Mid-Term Exam (covers all material to date)

Week Five
Liability by Departments and Health Care Professionals
Read Chapter 10
Information Management and Health Care
Read Chapter 11
Patient Consent
Read Chapter 12
Legal Reporting Requirements
Read Chapter 13

Week Six
Quiz #2 (on material covered in week five)
Issues of Procreation
Read Chapter 14
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Read Chapter 15
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Read Chapter 16
Health Care Ethics
Read Chapter 17

Week Seven
Malpractice Insurance
Read Chapter 18
Labor Relations
Read Chapter 19
Employment, Discipline, and Discharge
Read Chapter 20
Managed Care and Organizational Reconstruction
Skim Chapter 21
Tort Reform and Reducing the Risk of Malpractice
Skim Chapter 22
Patient Safety and Zero Tolerance
Skim Chapter 23
You be the Judge DVD
Class Discussion

Week Eight
Review Session
Final Examination

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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