HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv


F2B 2008 BL


Sweetnam, William J.



Daytime Phone




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

Semester Dates

F2B 2008 BL

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours



Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration by George D. Pozgar, 10th ed., 2007.

ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-3927-0

ISBN-10: 0-7637-3927-8.

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Course Description:
HC260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery: Private and public law related to health care organizations, personnel, ethics, care standards, and breach of careliability. Topics include torts, contracts, statutory law, patients rights, antitrust law, finance, medical records, and licensure, as well as con- stitutional 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.

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:


Class Participation                       8 %

                    Quizzes (5)                               80 %

 Presentation                              12 %              

                   100 %





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:
Submission of Late Work:  When an online classroom assignment is due at 12:00, 12:01 is late.  Generally, late work will receive a 70 for the first day, 50 for the second day late, and 0 after that.  Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to and will not be near a computer for the entire week). 

Mid-Term: You must contact me to open the Mid-Term for you if you are late as it will close at midnight in the Mountain Time Zone. What is late? 12:01 in the Mountain Time Zone on Sunday night of week 4 is considered too late to take the exam. You can only take the Mid-Term late with my permission. Without an excuse that I approve of (hospitalization, for example), you will receive no higher than a C if you take it 1 day late and no higher than a50% if you take it 2 days late. You cannot take the Mid-Term late after Tuesday of Week 5 unless you have an excuse.

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.

Final Exam: You can't take the Final Exam late without instructor permission. I rarely give permission to take it late. However, hospitalization or deployment to Iraq during exam week are excellent reasons to take the final late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the ECollege computer service. Each student 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.  All work 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Introduction to course

Requirements of course

Introduction to law; Tort Law

CHAPTERS 2 and 3

Outcomes/objectives for week:

Discuss the different sources of law that impact the healthcare environment

Compare and contrast the state and federal courts and their trial and appellate jurisdiction

Compare and contrast tort and criminal law

Describe the different forms of negligence and their elements

Explain the concepts of strict liability and its impact on health care law

Identify product liability issues in the healthcare environment


Criminal Aspects of Health Care; Contracts and Antitrust

CHAPTERS 4 and 5                                                   

Outcomes/objectives for week:

Identify and explain the elements of a contract and remedies available in the event of a breach

Describe the differences between an independent contractor and an employee

Explain how and why Anti-Trust laws play a role in the healthcare industry

WEEK 3                    

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

Civil Procedures and Trial Practice; Corporate Liability

CHAPTERS 6 and 7

Outcomes/objectives for week:

Discuss the relationships between the governing board and the CEO

Describe the impact of the doctrine of Respondeat Superior and how the doctrine applies to corporate liability in the healthcare industry

Differentiat and describe the burden of proof in criminal and civil trials

Describe the process of a civil trial

Discuss the doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitur and how it can apply in health care


QUIZ B (Chapters 6 and 7)                                                    


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

CHAPTERS 8, 9, and 11

Outcomes/objectives for week:

Explain the applicability of state and federal employment laws in the healthcare setting
Define the standard of care applicable to nursing staff and other staff members such as student nurses and nurse's aides

Identify and discuss the duties of a nurse in the process of complying with a doctor's order in patients care
Identify the importance of medical record keeping given current legal requirements
Discuss legal issues regarding the maintenance of medical records and entries to those records
Determine what information may be considered confidential and/or priveged

WEEK 5        

QUIZ C (Chapters 8, 9, 11)


Patient Consent; Legal Reporting Requirements; Patient Rights and Responsibilities

CHAPTERS 12, 13, and 15

Outcomes/objectives for week:

Explain the concept of informed consent and how it should be determined
Discuss how the capacity of a patient impacts on the ability to provide health care
Evaluate how legal reporting requirements apply in the healthcare setting
Identify and explain the issues involved with the Patient Bill of Rights
Define the rights and responsibilities of patients in regard to treatment issues

WEEK 6        

QUIZ D (Chapters 12, 13, 15)


Health Care Ethics; Malpractice Insurance; Labor Relations; Employment         

CHAPTERS 17, 18, 19, and 20

Outcomes/objectives for week:

Determine how unions impact on healthcare workers and organizations

Identify the number of unions that be active at any one healthcare facility

Discuss what an employment-at-will state is and differentiate between a right-to-work state

Explain how the employment-at-will doctrine impacts healthcare workers and facilities

Explain how public policy issues impact on the employment-at-will doctrine

Determine the professional liability that exists for healthcare workers and facilities and the impact of tort law

Analyze "Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders" and how healthcare workers handle such orders

Evaluate how healthcare ethics impact how patients are treated in the healthcare setting and how death is defined

Discuss the issues involved in a patient's right to determine care and treatment outcomes

Determine how redundancies built into the system can result in greater patient safety

WEEK 7                                                                    

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



Outcomes/objectives for week:

Organize the above issues and analyze how they form a current health care policy in the US today





Outcomes/objectives for week:

Discuss what the future may hold for today's current health care policy in the US

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 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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