HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv


F1Z 2009 ML


Small, Steven, W.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Marketing Management
M.S. Healthcare Management

Office Hours

Flexible (with appointment)



Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours



Pozgar, George. Legal Aspects of Healthcare Delivery, 9th edition, 2004. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2004.) ISBN: 0-7637-3182-X

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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 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. 

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is one of student inter-activeness based on lectures, readings, research, dialogue, examinations, internet, and writings. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

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 student's final course grade will be based on a 100 POINT SCALE.  Point distribution is as follows:

Class Participation (10%)

Student will actively participate in classroom activities. This includes completion of the relevant readings prior to class, assigned chapter review questions, interactive discussion, and review of case studies, as indicated.

Article Analysis (2 Each) (10%)

The Journal Article Analysis should each be no more than 2 pages (double-spaced, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins) in length and will include a student oral presentation between 5-10 minutes. Each review should contain a summary of the article in addition to the student’s analysis (relevance to health care law) of the journal article (from either a print or Internet source).  The article should relate to a topic that has already been covered by the Chapter readings as indicated in the course topics section.

Mid-Term Examination (20%)

The Mid-Term exam is a closed-book assessment that will cover the first four weeks of class.

Final Examination (30%)

The Final exam is a closed-book comprehensive assessment that will cover all material learned during the course of this class.

Research Paper (30%)

The Research Paper will be 7-8 pages in length (this will be double-spaced, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins), and will cover a pre-approved topic relating to health care law. The paper will include a title page and a reference page (both of these items will not be considered in the final page count). In addition, the student will present their researched topic in class, via a PowerPoint slide presentation. The presentation should contain 12-15 slides and be about 10-15 minutes in length.  

Grading will be based on student classroom participation, article analysis, research paper, mid-term, and final examination. The mid-term and final examination will cover assigned readings, lectures, classroom discussions, and hand-outs. Students who do not attend class regularly or do not participate regularly should not expect to perform as well as those who do. The method of evaluating the total points earned and grades awarded will be based on the following scale:

90 - 100 =        A

80 - 89 =          B

70 - 79 =          C

60 - 69 =          D

0 - 59 =            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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
As a general practice, I will not accept assignments submitted after the designated due date. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”. Students who have issues requiring them to turn in their assignment after the due date (i.e. military work demands, etc.) will need to consult with the instructor to arrange a time to submit the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the learning environment will be immediately dismissed from the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and disrespect to fellow students or staff. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University.  


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Students are expected to be prepared prior to attending the respective class session. This includes ensuring that the appropriate readings are accomplished ahead of the class date.

Week # 1

 August 17                   Course Introduction 

                                    Student Introduction & Rules of Engagement

                                    Chapter 1: Historical Perspective

August 19                    Chapter 2:Introduction to Law

Chapter 3: Tort Law

Week # 2

August 24                    Chapter 4: Criminal Aspects of Health Care 

                                    Chapter 5: Contracts and Antitrust

August 26                   Chapter 6: Civil Procedure and Trial Practice           

Week # 3                    

August 31                    Chapter 7: Corporate Liability

                                    Chapter 8: Medical Staff

September 2                Chapter 9: Nursing and the Law

                                    Chapter 10: Liability by Departments and Health Care Professionals                                  

Article Analysis #1

Week # 4     

September 7                Chapter 11: Information Management and Health Care Records

                                    Mid-Term Review      

September 9                Mid-Term Exam (weeks 1-4)

Week # 5      

September 14              Chapter 12: Patient Consent  

                                    Chapter 13: Legal Reporting Requirements                          

September 16              Chapter 14: Issues of Procreation

                                    Chapter 15: Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Week # 6

September 21              Chapter 16: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

                                    Chapter 17: Health Care Ethics

September 23              Chapter 18: Malpractice Insurance

                                    Chapter 19: Labor Relations

                                    Article Analysis #2   

Week # 7

September 28              Chapter 20: Employment, Discipline, and Discharge

                                    Chapter 21: Managed Care and Organizational Restructuring

                                    Research Presentations 

September 30              Chapter 22: Tort Reform and Reducing the Risks of Malpractice

                                    Last day that Research Paper can be submitted to instructor

                                    Research Presentations

Week # 8        

October 5                    Chapter 23: Patient Safety and Zero Tolerance                                                         

Final Exam Review    

October 7                    Final Exam (weeks 5-8)

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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