HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv


F1L 2010 WT


Fisher, Scott R.


Adjunct Instructor


M.S.A. Health Services Administration, Central Michigan University
B.S. Social Psychology, Park University

Office Location

Whiteman Campus Center

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(660) 233-9211




Semester Dates

August 16 - Oct 8, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:20 PM



Credit Hours



Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration by George D. Pozgar, 10th ed.,
ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-3927-0
ISBN-10: 0-7637-3927-8
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Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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 a learning environment in which you feel connected and engaged, both as individuals and 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 and its application to the health care industry. I utilize the "Socratic method" of teaching, so be prepared to challenge and be challenged.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Differentiate between the concepts of tort law and contract law and the applicabilty of each to the field of health care.
  2. Analyze the issues involved with informed consent and the ability of a patient to refuse treatment.
  3. Identify legal policies which impact on reproductive issues
  4. Describe the application of doctrine of respondeat superior in the health care setting.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is below. You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about healthcare law. Each student is responsible for:
Completing discussion questions each week.
  • Completing focus topic questions in week two, four, six, and eight.
  • Completing mid-term exam in week four, and final exam in week 8.
  • Completing a substantial writing assignment, referred to as the Term Paper.
  • Completing a student opinion survey located in the Distance Learning section of the Park University website in week eight of this class.



A= 900-1000
B= 800-899
ons =
 Two 200 points each (20% each)
Term Paper = 200 points (20% total)
Focus topic questions = (4) 50 points each (20% total)
Discussion questions = 200 points (total) (20% total)
Term Paper Grade Breakdown:
Content =         50%
Organization = 25%
Appearance =  25%
                     = 100%
Based on rubric handed out during first class session

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:
When an assignment is due on that day, late work will receive a maximum 70% for the first day, 50% maximum for the second day late and a 0 after that. If you have a valid excuse why you cannot attend class, make arrangements to either email a copy of your assignment(s) to me or have a classmate or family member deliver your assignment to avoid penalty.
Mid-term exam/Final exam: You must contact me prior to the exam if you will not be able to take the exam in class as scheduled. Without an excuse that I approve (hospitalization, or duty reasons-with note from supervisor as examples), you will receive no hight than a 70% if you take it one day late and no higher than 50% if you take it two days late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
To be discussed during first class session

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1/Class session 1: Course/personal introductions; Study chapter 1; Lecture; discussion questions
Week 1/Class session 2: Study chapters 2, and 7; Lecture; discussion questions
Week 2/Class session 3: Study chapter 4; Lecture; discussion questions; discuss focus topic question - hand in paper
Week 2/Class session 4: Study chapter 5; Lecture; discussion questions; briefly discuss chosen term paper topic
Week 3/Class session 5: Study chapters 6 and 8; Lecture; discussion questions 
Week 3/Class session 6: Study chapter 19; Lecture; discussion questions
Week 4/Class session 7: Study chapters 9 and 20; Lecture; discussion questions 
Week 4/Class session 8: Brief review time; take midterm examination; discuss focus topic question - hand in paper
Week 5/Class session 9: Study chapter 3; Lecture; discussion questions; review midterm exam results
Week 5/Class session 10: Study chapters 18 and 22; Lecture; discussion questions
Week 6/Class session 11: Study chapters 12 and 13; Lecture; discussion questions 
Week 6/Class session 12: Study chapter 15; Lecture; discussion questions; discuss focus topic question - hand in paper
Week 7/Class session 13: Study chapters 14 and 17; Lecture; discussion questions
Week 7/Class session 14: Study chapter 23; Lecture; discussion questions
Week 8/Class session 15: Study chapters 11 and 16; Lecture; discussion questions; discuss final focus topic question - hand in term paper
Week 8/Class session 16: Take final examination

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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