HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

for S1J 2012

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv


S1J 2012 DN


Cooper, Anthony G.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S., Criminal Justice
M.S.A., Health Care Administration

Office Location

Student Lounge or Class Room (following class)

Office Hours

By Appointment after class

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

January 16th-March 11th

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 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:

Lectures/discussions, case studies, research, and presentations will contribute toward obtaining and understanding of the legal issues in health care delivery. Clear and concise communication, particularly in oral form is important and necessary in developing an understanding of health care law. Students shall be challenged to demonstrate an understanding of the class curriculum in written and oral form in addition to examinations. Sound prudent thoughts shall require some degree of research and analysis; therefore, students shall be required to utilize independent research and evaluation methods to support theories and beliefs.

The very nature of this course requires student participation in class discussions. Students will be expected to submit two (2) writing assignments (which includes a final term paper and an in-class PowerPoint presentation) during the course term related to current legal issues in the health care field. Further, students shall orally present two (2) submissions before the class.  Written assignments shall be prepared in standard Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman double spaced 12 pt font. APA format.   

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:

Please read and be prepared to discuss chapters 1-4 prior to our initial class.  

Examinations will cover chapter content; therefore, it is important students familiarize themselves with the assigned text book.

Advanced preparation lends to a enhanced learning experience.



Final Paper

A final paper not less than five (5) pages is to be prepared on a contemporary legal issue consistent with the course curriculum (e.g., patients’ rights, tort law, tort reform, duty of care etc). The paper should reflect the students understanding of the law and its application within the health care delivery system. Additionally the final paper should balance fact and opinion as discovered by the student through independent research. This will require the student to explore various sources in order to formulate a well organized product. Students shall adhere to APA format.  Citations are required giving credit to the original source of the students information (see section on plagiarism). Additionally, the student should remember opinion is more readily accepted when supporting fact is provided.

Class Assignments and Lecture Topics NOTE: Chapters should be read in advance of class for in-class discussions and activities. 



Grading will be based on exams and written assignments. Exams and assignments will cover assigned readings, lectures and classroom discussions. Students who do not attend class regularly or do not participate in class discussions should not expect to perform as well as those who do.

Grading Scale
Exam #1                            Point Value 20%
Assignment #1                  Point Value 10%
Exam#2                             Point Value 20%
Final Exam                        Point Value 40%
Assignment#2                   Point Value 10%
                   Total possible Point Value 100%
Writing Assignment Grading Rubrics (2 points for each category for a total of 10 points)
Points earned for written assignments will be based on the following criteria:
1. The student adhered to the instructions by following APA format (cover page citations....)
2. The paper was well organized, (opening paragraph, a central theme and logical conclusion) thereby resulting in the student demonstrating a clear understanding of  the writing topic.
3. Positions and beliefs are incorporated within the body of the paper.  The student supported their position through independent research. 
4. The Student followed the rules of grammar (spelling, Punctuation.....) 
5. The student utilized multiple sources, specifically sources other than the class text book in order to develop their paper, 

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:

Evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the understanding a deduction in points will likely be assessed.  In the event a foreseeable situation (scheduled medical procedure for example) arises, it is the students responsibility to notify the instructor in advance to arrange for writing submissions and exam makeups. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class discussions and lectures are an important supplement to the required text.  Learning is best accomplished when diverse thoughts and opinions shared.  an open mind and consideration of an opposing thought or opinion lends itself to individual growth.  Respect and consideration shall be given to all including those with opposing views.  It is perfectly fine and moreover possible to disagree without being disagreeable.

Additionally, as we explore issues related to health care students might identify, relate and have their own experiences with a given situation.  Students shall not feel an obligation to share their own experiences with the class.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The instructor shall attempt to set realistic student expectations with the understanding the student has additional obligations outside of this particular class (Family, Job, additional studies etc.).  Students should however manage their time efficiently in preparation for class as necessary.  Independent and group study may be necessary in order to grasp the course curriculum.


Class Schedule

Class      Readings   Topic

Class 1    Chapter 1 Historical Perspective

               Chapter 2 Introduction to Law

               Chapter 3 Tort Law

               Chapter 4 Criminal Aspects of Health Care

Class 2    Exam #1 Chapters 2, 3 & 4

               Writing Assignment #1 (discussed during class)

               Chapter 6 Civil Procedure and Trial Practice

               Chapter 8 Medical Staff


Class 3    Presentation of Writing Assignment #1

               Chapter 9 Nursing and the Law

               Chapter 10 Liability by Departments and Health Professionals


Class 4    Chapter 11 Information Management and Health Care Records

               Chapter 12 Patient Consent

Class 5    Final Writing Assignment/PowerPoint Presentation (discussed during class)

               Chapter 13 Legal Reporting Obligations

               Chapter 14 Issues of Procreation

Class 6    Exam #2 Chapters  11 & 13

               Chapter 15 Patient Rights and Responsibilities

               Chapter 17 Health Care Ethics

Class 7    Chapter 20 Employment, Discipline, and Discharge

Class 8    Term Paper/PowerPoint (Final Paper Due) Final Exam Chapters 15 & 17  



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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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