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HC 260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery
Gilje, Brent L.


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Course

HC 260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery

Semester

F2T 2006 DL

Faculty

Gilje, Brent L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctor
Bachelor of Science in Education

E-Mail

brent.gilje@park.edu

Semester Dates

10/23/06-12/17/06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration by George D. Pozgar, 9th ed., 2004. ISBN#: 0-7637-3182-X.

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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:
I hope to create an online learning environment in which you feel connected and engaged, not only as an individual student, but as a class.  The assignments and discussions that are presented are designed to encourage you to delve into the "seamless web" of the law and learn how to analyze the law in its application to the health care industry.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the nature of the American legal system and sources of applicable law to health care entities and how health care organizations are structured, licensed and accredited under the current regulatory system.
  2. Understand the impact of funding for health care organizations and government involvement, and regulation, in billing and payments for services, along with the impact of managed care.
  3. Differentiate, and understand the application of both criminal and civil penalties in the health care environment along with the impact of malpractice and tort liability.  Students will also be able to address current antitrust issues in the health care industry.
  4. Recognize the impact of the importance of the relationship of the health care organization with its medical and general staff.
  5. Identify the issues involved in the relationship, both organizationally and personally, with the patient, as well as the issues involved with informed consent the  ability to refuse treatment.
  6. Understand the confidentiality of patient records and current governmental regulations and sanctions that are in place to safeguard patient records.
  7. Understand legal polices in place in regard to reproductive issues and in the treatment of dead bodies.
  8. Be able to address the above issues and how they coalesce in the formation of current health care policy in the US today, and what future policy may hold.
Class Assessment:
 

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is below. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for:

    • Completing Weekly Reading Assignments.
    • Completing Weekly Writing Assignments consisting of vocabulary and key questions about the reading and submitting the answers to the instructor on the specified dates (Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 7).
    • Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, referred to as a Paper.
    • All work must contain appropriate formatting, grammar, and spelling.
    • Completing a student opinion survey form located in the Distance Learning section of the Park University website in Week Eight of this class.
    • Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail and Completing a Proctored Final Examination.
    • Completing the Final Exam

Grading:

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is below. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for:

    • Completing Weekly Reading Assignments.
    • Completing Weekly Writing Assignments consisting of vocabulary and key questions about the reading and submitting the answers to the instructor on specified dates (Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 7).
    • To receive full participation points you must post a response to each weekly discussion question and one peer response each week, .
    • Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, referred to as a Paper.
    • All work must contain appropriate formatting, grammar, and spelling.  
    • Completing a student opinion survey form located in the Distance Learning section of the Park University website in Week Eight of this class.  Each item is worth 50% of the participation points each week.  
    • Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail and completing a Proctored Final Examination.
    • Completing the Final Exam

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89% 
C = 70-79% 
D = 60-69% 
F = < 60% 

 Grading Criteria

Assignments

Point Value

% of Grade

Week Due

Class Participation

10

10%

Continually

Weekly Writing Assignments # 1 & 2

10

10%

Week 2

Weekly Writing Assignments # 3 & 4

10

10%

Week 4

Weekly Writing Assignments # 5 & 6

10

10%

Week 6

Weekly Writing Assignment # 7

15

10%

Week 7

Paper

15

20%

Week 6

Proctored Final Examination

30

30%

Week 8

Total

100

100%

 

 

For all online courses, you must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.  You cannot pass the course without taking the final exam.

Paper Grading Guidelines

Your paper is due on Sunday, the end of week 6, at midnight in the Mountain Time Zone. You must pick a topic related to health care law and then email it to me by the end of week 2. You must have a total of at least 4 sources and at least one, but no more than three, must be an internet source.

Your paper should include an outline, seven to ten edited pages with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of your sources (a works cited page or a bibliography). Your paper should be double spaced.

The outline should be brief. For example,

Title

I. Introduction.

II. Point One.

III. Point Two.

IV. Point Three.

V. Conclusion.

For writing tips and information on the MLA or APA style, go to the Writing Resources category in the Webliography.

 

Point Distribution

 

                                                Content                                    40

                                                Organization                             20

Citation                                    10

                                                Clarity                                      10

                                                Grammar                                  10  

                                                Sources                                    10

                                                Total possible points:    100

Warning:  Any paper submitted without documentation will receive a grade of zero. 


Late Submission of Course Materials:

For the Weekly Writing Assignments a late penalty of 10 points per day will be assessed on late Weekly Writing Assignments.

 

For the paper that is due in week six, papers that are one day late will receive a grade no higher than a B; papers that are late by two days will receive no grade higher than a C, past 2 days late will receive a 0. What does late mean? If your assignment is due by midnight and the time is 12:01, it is late.

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the ECollege computer service. Each students is expected to devote a minimum of five hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system. This is same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. See "Ground Rules for On-line Participation" for additional information.

According to Park University guidelines, this course is divided into eight weeks with the first week beginning on the first day of the semester, a Monday, and ends midnight the following Sunday. Weeks Two through Eight also begin on Monday and end on the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by the end of the week assigned, ie., 2, 4, 6, & 7 unless otherwise stated. Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully emailed so that they are in by the due date.

Ground Rules for On-line Participation

  1. Students should use E-Mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Class Conference is for public messages.
  2. Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web.
  3. KEEP A COPY of all course work you submit until the end of the term.
  4. All students will participate in conference discussion. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.
  5. If you need assistance please contact me.
  6. Students will normally submit papers as MS Word, RTF or ASCII uploaded to the computer and routed to the instructor or emailed. Please do not use any MS Works format. Overall it works well to copy your assignments from you word processing program and paste it into the e-mail.
  7. Each student is responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each online course policy. If you have any questions about any of these policies, please contact me for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: An Introduction to the History of Health Care and Law and a look at Corporate Liability

  • Study chapters 1, 2, & 7 and read the posted lectures.
  • Do the Posted Discussion Question
  • Do not forget to post your Introduction!

Week 2: Criminal Aspects of Health Care Law, Contracts and Anti-Trust

  • Study chapters 4-5 and read the posted lecture.
  • Do the Posted Discussion Question
  • WWA 1 & 2 are due the end of this week

Week 3: Civil Procedure and Trial Practice, Medical Staff, Labor Relations

  • Study chapters 6, 8, 19 and read the posted lecture.
  • Do the Posted Discussion Question

Week 4: Employment Discipline & Discharge and Nursing & the Law

  • Study chapters 9 and 20 and read the posted lecture.
  • Do the Posted Discussion Question
  • WWA 3 & 4 are due at the end of week 4

Week 5: Tort Law, Malpractice Insurance and Tort Reform

  • Study chapters 3, 18, and 22 and read the posted lecture.
  • Do the Posted Discussion Question.
  • WWA 5 & 6 are due at the end of week 6.

Week 6: Patient Consent, Rights, Responsibilities & Legal Reporting Responsibilities

· Study chapters 12, 13, 15, and read the posted lecture.

· Do the Posted Discussion Question.

· WWA 5 & 6 are due at the end of week 6.

Week 7: Procreation Issues, Ethics, Public Safety

  • Study chapters 14, 17, 23 and read the posted lecture.
  • Do the posted discussion question
  • WWA 7 is due at the end of week 7

Week 8: Information Management and AIDS also Review and Proctored Final Examination

  • Read Ch. 11 and 16.
  • Study all the chapters assigned to this point.
  • Review assignments (WWA's) from weeks 2, 4, 6, and 7.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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Last Updated:10/11/2006 8:31:39 PM