HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv


F1R 2011 SC


Duncan, Terrence D.


Adjunct Faculty


Doctoral Candidate, Doctor of Business Administration – Walden University
Master of Business Administration – Health Care Services/Management, 2006, Park University
B.S. Management, 2003 – Park University

Office Location

Scott A.F.B. Campus

Office Hours

5:00 - 10:15 pm CST, Mon.-Fri. and Weekends from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

8/15/11 - 10/7/11

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:15 PM



Credit Hours



 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration by George D. Pozgar, 10th ed.

ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-8049-4

ISBN-10: 0-7637-8049-9 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Any additional resources are subject to review and distribution by the instructor.

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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, group assignments/participation, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites and writings.

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:

 Each student will be expected to research an appropriate topic (approved) of his choice and complete a 20-25 page paper for presentation and defense. The term paper will be due on Week 7 with each student presenting their research before the class and instructor with a defense of their topic by means of answering questions relating to their paper and general discussion as well.  


Class participation and homework -  20%

Midterm exam  -  25%

Research and paper presentation  -  25%

Final exam  -  30% 


 Individual                               Aggregate

 90  - 100  -  A                   360  -  400  -  A

 80  -  89  -  B                    320  -  -359  -  B

 70  -  79  -  C                    280  -  319  -   C

 60  - 69  -  D                     240  -  279  -   D

Below 60  -  F                     Below 240  -  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.

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:

Material one week late with good reason will be accepted, but with reduced points. 

Past two weeks late, will not be accepted -  Term paper cannot be late 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 Students will be expected to be on time and present for the entire class

 Students will be expected to have completed each assignment and be prepared to actively participate in each class

 Students will respect their peers and the instructor at all times.

Cell phones will be turned off/vibrate in class. Periodic breaks will be allowed to attend to outside matters.   Use of cell phones during the course period will result in point deduction from your overall grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Each week, students shall prepare to research and be prepared to present a current health care related legal issue of the week for class discussion. It is recommended that such issues are intertwined with the course readings or related to their proposed term paper.  As health care organizations are dynamic and generally work in collaboration, group participation, active involvement, and research into such dynamics will be discussed weekly. While this is a syllabus that has a set of goals and tasks, the instructor reserves the right to make any changes or alterations to the syllabus, assignments, deadlines, etc., as deemed fit.

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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