HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Delivery


F2B 2007 BL


Sweetnam, William J.



Office Hours

Before and after class

Daytime Phone




billbsa@msn.com  (please use this email address)

Semester Dates

Fall 2 2007 Schedule

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours


Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration; Pozgar, George; Jones & Barlett Publishing; 10th edition; 2007

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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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Classify 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. Estimate 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 the application of both criminal and civil penalties in the health care environment along with the impact of malpractice and tort liability.
  4. Discuss the importance of the relationship of the health care organization with its medical and general staff.
  5. Identify issues such as informed consent and the ability to refuse treatment as involved in the relationship, both organizationally and personally, with the patient.
  6. Defend the confidentiality of patient records and current governmental regulations and sanctions that are in place to safeguard patient records.
  7. Categorize legal polices in place in regard to reproductive issues and in the treatment of dead bodies.
  8. Combine and organize 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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:


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

Class Participation                       8 %

                Quizzes (5)                                 80 %

Presentation                               12 %              

                                100 %


The following will be used to assign course letter grades:

90 to 100        A

80 to 89.9       B

70 to 79.9       C

60 to 69.9       D

Below 60        F

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
See "Classroom Rules of Conduct"

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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 a quiz 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 quiz or presentation and will receive a zero for the quiz or presentation.

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 "F," dropped from the course, and the matter reported to the Director.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Information and handouts

WEEK 2        

Introduction to course

Requirements of course

Introduction to law; Tort Law

Criminal Aspects of Health Care; Contracts and Antitrust

CHAPTERS 2, 3, 4, and 5                                          

WEEK 3                                                        

QUIZ A (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5)

Civil Procedures and Trial Practice; Corporate Liability

CHAPTERS 6 and 7


QUIZ B (Chapters 6 and 7)                                                    


Medical Staff; Nursing and the Law; Information Management and Health Care Records

CHAPTERS 8, 9, and 11


WEEK 5                                                                                                                    

QUIZ C (Chapters 8, 9, 11)


Patient Consent; Legal Reporting Requirements; Patient Rights and Responsibilities

CHAPTERS 12, 13, and 15


WEEK 6        

QUIZ D (Chapters 12, 13, 15)

Health Care Ethics; Malpractice Insurance; Labor Relations; Employment         

CHAPTERS 17, 18, 19, and 20

WEEK 7                                                                    

QUIZ E (Chapters 17, 18, 19, 20)







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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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:9/4/2007 5:23:41 PM