HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery


F1Z 2012 MLH


Small, Steven


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Public Administration (Government Contracting)
Master of Science in Management (Healthcare)
Bachelor of Science in Management (Marketing)

Office Hours

Flexible (with appointment)



Class Days

Blended Course (In-Class Session on Tuesdays) -- We will meet Tuesday and Thursday for weeks #1 and #8)

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM



Credit Hours


Pozgar, George D.  Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration, 11th Edition.  2012.  Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012.  ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-8049-4 / ISBN-10: 0-7637-8049-9

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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:
My educational philosophy is one of student interactiveness 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 1000 POINT SCALE.  Point distribution is as follows:

Class Participation / Weekly Activities (30% - 300 Points)  (This will be comprised of 6 weekly sessions worth 50 points each -- see below for point distribution)  

In-Class Activities  - 20 Points

Students are expected to be actively involved, providing substantial contributions to classroom discussions/activities.  Students who contribute in this manner will receive full participation points for the weekly in-class activities.  Students who miss the in-class session will be provided the opportunity to receive credit, by submitting an outline of covered chapters.  (point allocation will be based upon thoroughness of outline).  Students who choose not to accomplish chapter outlines will not receive participation points for the missed session.  Unless otherwise instructed, assigned chapters will be due no later than 11:59PM on Sunday for the respective week of class.

Online Activities - 30 Points 

Online activities will consist of tasks such as discussion threads, assigned questions (which will be submitted to me via e-mail or the designated dropbox), article reviews, or other items as deemed germane to the respective topic of study.  All respective assignments will contain detailed instructions for the student to follow.

Mid-Term Examination (20% - 200 Points)

The mid-term exam is an open-book, timed assessment that will cover the first four weeks of class

Literature Review (20% - 200 Points)

Details of the literature review will be discussed during the first week of class

Final Examination (30% - 300 Points)

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

Grading will be based on student classroom participation (completion and substance of weekly activities), research paper, mid-term, and final exam, respectively.  The mid-term and final exam will cover assigned readings, lectures, classroom discussions, and hand-outs.  Students who do not attend class regularly or do no participate regularly should not expect to perform as well as those who do.  The method of evaluating total points earned and awarded grades will be based on the following scale:

900 - 1000 =        A

800 - 899 =          B

700 - 799 =          C

600 - 699 =          D

0 - 599 =              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 online assignments that are submitted after the designated due date.  Other assignments (e.g. exams, chapter outlines, etc.) will receive a 10% deduction in grade for every day late.  Assignments submitted more than two days late will received a grade of "zero."  I understand that there may be special circumstances that arise, so I ask you to please keep me informed of any issues that may impede your ability to submit timely product.  IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THE INSTRUCTOR INFORMED.

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 actions 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.  As this is a blended course, we will hold in-class sessions on Tuesday of every week.  The exceptions will be week #1 and #8, in which we will hold in-class sessions on both Tuesday and Thursday.  As there are many chapters in this text, we will address just the applicable topics in some while conducting a more comprehensive exploration of others.

Week #1 (August 20 - August 26)

Chapter 1 - Reflections on the Past
Chapter 2 - Introduction to the Legal System
Chapter 3 - Tort Law
Chapter 4 - Criminal Aspects of Health Care
Week #1 Activities

Week #2 (August 27 - September 2)

Chapter 5 - Contracts and Antitrust
Chapter 6 - Civil Procedure and Trail Practice
Chapter 7 - Corporate Structure and Legal Issues
Chapter 8 - Medical Staff
Week #2 Activities

Week #3 (September 3 - September 9)

Chapter 9 - Nursing and the Law
Chapter 10 - Allied Professionals and Legal Issues
Chapter 11 - Information Management
Chapter 12 - Patient Consent
Week #3 Activities

Week #4 (September 10 - September 16)

Mid-Term Exam

Week #5 (September 17 - September 23)

Chapter 13 - Legal Reporting Requirements
Chapter 14 - Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter 15 - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Chapter 16 - Healthcare Ethics
Week #5 Activities

Week #6 (September 24 - September 30)

Chapter 17 - Procreation and Ethical Dilemmas
Chapter 18 - End-of Life Issues
Chapter 19 - Professional Liability Issues
Chapter 20 - Labor Relations
Week #6 Activities

Week #7 (October 1 - October 7)

Chapter 23 - Managed Care
Chapter 24 - Tort Reform and Risk Reduction
Chapter 25 - Patient Safety and Zero Tolerance
Week #7 Activities
Literature Review due no later than 11:59 PM on October 7, 2012

Week #8 (October 8 - October 14)

Final Exam Review (as needed)
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 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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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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