HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv


F2H 2009 BU


Roper, Helen R.


Adjunct Instructor


Wofford College, B.A. Art History, B.A. Government
University of South Carolina, J.D.

Office Location

By Appointment

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

19 October - 13 December 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours



Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration. Pozgar, George D. 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:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites, and writings. The facilitator 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:
Student progress will be assessed by the use of tests, a final comprehensive examination, homework assignments derived primarily from Chapter Review Questions, and evaluation of classroom participation.


Class Participation - graded on a scale of 0-100.  10% of final grade
Tests - 2 tests worth 15% each.  30% of final grade
Homework assignments - Homework will be collected once per week and will be graded on a scale of 0-100.  The average of grades from homework assignments will be 30% of final grade. 
Final Comprehensive Exam - 30% of final grade

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:
Late submission of materials, i.e. homework assignements, will result in a reduction of 10 points per class from the final grade of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are to come to class in a timely manner, prepared to participate in disscussions based upon the assigned materials.  Students are to treat each other and the instructor respectfully.  Any problems with the materials or other students should be addressed to the professor individually, outside of class time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

October 19   Chapter 1 Historical Perspective & Chapter 2  Introduction to Law
October 21   Chapter 3 Tort Law & Chapter 4 Criminal Aspects of Health Care Law
October 26   Chapter 5 Contracts and Antitrust & Chapter 6 Civil Procedure and Trial Practice
October 28   Chapter 7 Corporate Structure and Liability & Chapter 8 Medical Staff
November 2   TEST 1 REVIEW & Chapter 9 Nursing and the Law
November 4   TEST 1
November 9   Chapter 10 Liability by Departments and Health Care Professionals & Chapter 11 Information Management and Health Care Records
November 11 Chapter 12 Patient Consent & Chapter 13 Legal Reporting Requirements & Chapter 14 Issues of Procreation Chapter
November 16   *  Guest speaker & TEST 2 REVIEW
November 18   TEST 2
November 23   15 Patient Rights and Responsibilities & Chapter 16 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
November 25   Chapter 17 Health Care Ethics & Chapter 18 Professional Liability Insurance & Chapter 19 Labor Relations
November 30   Chapter 20 Employment, Discipline, and Discharge & Chapter 21 Managed Care and Organizational Restructuring & Chapter 22 Tort Reform Risk Reduction
December 2   Chapter 23 Patient Safety and Zero Tolerance & Chapter 24 Worldwide Search & Chapter 25 Journey to Excellence
December 7   EXAM REVIEW
December 9   FINAL EXAM

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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