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HC 260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery
Mathur, Neil


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Course

HC 260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery

Semester

F1T 2006 DLA

Faculty

Neil Mathur

Title

Online Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Business Administration/Educational Administration
M.Ed. Mental Health Counseling Psychology
B.A. Carleton University

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

M-F  9-5  Pacific Standard Time

Daytime Phone

617-240-3646

E-Mail

Neil.Mathur@park.edu

neil.mathur@pirate.park.edu

Web Page

http://www.park.edu

Semester Dates

Fall 2006

Class Days

Mondays

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


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:
Welcome to the class everyone.  I'm glad you are all able to be here with me.  Let's have a rewarding and supportive class together.  I will help you in any way that I can.  But I need you to do your part.  Please stay on top of the readings and contribute to discussions in a timely manner.  Those are 2 ingredients for a successful course!  I ask you to keep engaged and participate in the discussions, clearly demonstrating your critical thinking skills.  Please remember to respect the opinions of others.

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   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:

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.

Course Grading Scale

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

 

Grading Criteria

Assignments

% of Grade

Week Due

Class Participation

10%

Continually

Weekly Writing Assignments # 1 & 2

10%

Week 2

Weekly Writing Assignments # 3 & 4

10%

Week 4

Weekly Writing Assignments # 5 & 6

10%

Week 6

Weekly Writing Assignment # 7

15%

Week 7

Paper

15%

Week 6

Proctored Final Examination

30%

Week 8

Total

100%

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

  • A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
  • Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
  • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

  • General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
  • Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
  • Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
  • Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
  • Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor. 

Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.  

  • If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the Help Button button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance. 
  • If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Policy #4: 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 American 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 the criteria for special assistance and Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability.

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.

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.

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!

Visit the site of the week: US Supreme Court homepage

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

Visit the site of the week: Find law

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

Visit the site of the week: AMA homepage

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

Visit the site of the week: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Week 5: Tort Law, Health Care Records, Malpractice Insurance and Tort Reform

Study chapters 3, 11, 18, and 22 and read the posted lecture.

· Do the Posted Discussion Question.

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

Visit the site of the week: The 'Lectric Law Library Lawcopedia's Medical Malpractice Topic Area

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.

Visit the site of the week: Cleveland Clinic Bioethics

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

Visit the site of the week: AMA homepage

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.

Visit the site of the week: MSNBC Medical Marijuana

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:8/26/2006 8:12:00 PM