HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv
F2B 2008 BL
Sweetnam, William J.
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8:00 - 1:00 PM
Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration by George D. Pozgar, 10th ed., 2007.
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Participation 8 %
Presentation 12 %
The final course grade will be determined using the following guidelines:
Presentation 12 %
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.
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
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
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
QUIZ A (Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5)
Civil Procedures and Trial Practice; Corporate Liability
CHAPTERS 6 and 7
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)
REVIEW of QUIZ A
Medical Staff; Nursing and the Law; Information Management and Health Care Records
CHAPTERS 8, 9, and 11
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
QUIZ C (Chapters 8, 9, 11)
REVIEW of QUIZ B
Patient Consent; Legal Reporting Requirements; Patient Rights and Responsibilities
CHAPTERS 12, 13, and 15
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
QUIZ D (Chapters 12, 13, 15)
REVIEW of QUIZ C
Health Care Ethics; Malpractice Insurance; Labor Relations; Employment
CHAPTERS 17, 18, 19, and 20
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
QUIZ E (Chapters 17, 18, 19, 20)
REVIEW of QUIZ D
Outcomes/objectives for week:
Organize the above issues and analyze how they form a current health care policy in the US today
REVIEW of QUIZ E
HIGHLIGHTS and REVIEW of COURSE
Discuss what the future may hold for today's current health care policy in the US
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