HC260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv

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HC 260 Legal Issues in Hlth Care Deliv


S1T 2013 DLA


York, Tirizia L.


Online Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia
Master of Arts in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Lincoln University
Master in Business Keller Graduate School of Management

Office Location


Office Hours

Monday  - Friday 2:00 PM CST -5PM CST

Daytime Phone

770 419-2131 but email is quickest



Semester Dates

January 14-March 10

Class Days


Class Time


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. Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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 an online learning environment in which you feel connected and engaged, not only as an individual student, but 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 in its application to the health care industry.

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:

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 business law. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing Discussion questions each week
  • Completing Focus Topic questions in Week Two and Five.
  • Completing an open book, online, Mid-Term exam in Week Four.
  • Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, referred to as a Paper.
  • All work must contain appropriate formatting, grammar, and spelling.
  • Completing a student opinion survey form located in the Distance Learning section of the Park University website in Week Eight of this class.
  • Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail and completing a Proctored Final Examination.

Completing the proctored closed book, closed note, Final Exam in Week Eight.



 Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100%
B = 80-89% 
C = 70-79% 
D = 60-69% 
F = < 60% 

 Grading Criteria


Point Value

% of Grade

Week Due

  Introduction Thread Posting



 Week 1

Class Participation in Discussion Threads



Week 1-8

Focus Topic Discussions



Week 2 &5

Mid-Term Exam



Week 4




Week 6

  Paper Discussion Posting



Week 8

Proctored Final Examination



Week 8




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:

Submission of Late Work:  When an online classroom assignment is due at 12:00, 12:01 is late.  Generally, late work will receive a 70 for the first day, 50 for the second day late, and 0 after that.  Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to and will not be near a computer for the entire week). The discussions can not be posted after the week is over.

You cannot take the Mid-Term late you must take it during the week it is assigned.

For the paper that is due in week six, papers that are one day late will receive a grade no higher than a B; papers that are late by two days will receive no grade higher than a C, past 2 days late will receive a 0. What does late mean? If your assignment is due by midnight and the time is 12:01, it is late.

Final Exam: You can't take the Final Exam late without instructor permission. I rarely give permission to take it late. You must set up the time for final exam and you can take it after finals week is over.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the ECollege computer service. Each student is expected to devote a minimum of five hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system. This is same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. See "Ground Rules for On-line Participation" for additional information.

According to Park University guidelines, this course is divided into eight weeks with the first week beginning on the first day of the semester, a Monday, and ends midnight the following Sunday. Weeks Two through Eight also begin on Monday and end on the following Sunday.  All work and formal papers should be completed and successfully emailed so that they are in by the due date.

Ground Rules for On-line Participation

  1. Students should use E-Mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Class Conference is for public messages.
  2. Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web.
  3. KEEP A COPY of all course work you submit until the end of the term.
  4. All students will participate in conference discussion. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.
  5. If you need assistance please contact me.
  6. Students will normally submit papers as MS Word, RTF or ASCII uploaded to the computer and routed to the instructor or emailed. Please do not use any MS Works format. Overall it works well to copy your assignments from you word processing program and paste it into the e-mail.
  7. Each student is responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each online course policy. If you have any questions about any of these policies, please contact me for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: An Introduction to the History of Health Care and Law and a look at Corporate Liability

Leaning Objectives:
Discuss the historical component to current health care issues.
Describe the different sources of law that impact on health care.
Compare and contrast the state and federal courts and their trial and appellate jurisdiction.
Identify how administrative agencies impact on health care law.
Explain the relationship between the governing board and the CEO.
Describe the impact of the doctrine of Respondeat Superior and how the doctrine applies to corporate liability in the health care industry.

  • Study chapters 1, 2, & 7 and read the posted lectures.
  • Post in the Introduction Thread
  • Complete the Posted Discussion Question

Week 2: Criminal Aspects of Health Care Law, Contracts and Anti-Trust

Learning Objectives:
Compare and contrast tort law and criminal law.
Describe the forms of Negligence and their elements.
Explain the concept of Strict Liability and its impact on health care law.
Identify products liability issues in the health care environment.
Define the elements of a contract and the remedies available in the event of a breach.
Describe the difference between an independent contractor and an employee.
Identify why Anti-Trust law plays a role in the health care industry.

  • Study chapters 4-5 and read the posted lecture.
  • Complete the Posted Discussion Question
  • Complete the Focus Topic Question

Week 3: Civil Procedure and Trial Practice, Medical Staff, Labor Relations

Learning Objectives:

Differentiate, and describe, the burden of proof in criminal and civil trials.
Discuss the process of a civil trial.

Describe the doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitur and how it can apply in health care.

Discuss the applicability of state and federal employment laws in the health care setting.

Identify how unions impact on health care workers and organizations.

  • Study chapters 6, 8, 19 and read the posted lecture.
  • Complete the Posted Discussion Question

Week 4: Employment Discipline & Discharge and Nursing & the Law

Learning Objectives:
Define the standard of care applicable to nursing staff and other staff members such as student nurses and nurse's aides.
Identify the duties of a nursing in the process of complying with a doctor's order in patient care.
Identify what an Employment-at-Will (Right to Work) state is, and how this doctrine impacts on health care workers.
Discuss how public policy issues impact on the employment-at-will doctrine.

  • Study chapters 9 and 20 and read the posted lecture.
  • Complete the Posted Discussion Question
  • Take the Online Mid-Term Exam

Week 5: Tort Law, Malpractice Insurance and Tort Reform Learning Objectives:
Compare and contrast tort law and criminal law.
Describe the forms of negligence and their elements.
Explain the concept of Strict Liability and its impact on health care law.
Identify products liability issues in the health care environment.
Discuss the professional liability that exists for health care workers and facilities and the impact of tort reform.  

  • Study chapters 3, 18, and 22 and read the posted lecture.
  • Complete the Posted Discussion Question.
  • Do the Focus Topic Question

Week 6: Patient Consent, Rights, Responsibilities & Legal Reporting Responsibilities Learning Objectives:
Discuss what informed consent is and how it should be obtained.
Identify how the capacity of a patient impacts on the ability to provide health care.
Identify how legal reporting requirements apply in the health care setting.
Analyze the issues involved with the Patient Bill of Rights.
Compare and contrast the rights and responsibilities of patients in regard to treatment issues.  

  • Study chapters 12, 13, 15, and read the posted lecture.
  • Complete the Posted Discussion Question.

Week 7: Procreation Issues, Ethics, Public Safety

Learning Objectives:
Identify the legal, health care, issues involved in procreation.
Distinguish between wrongful birth and wrongful life claims.
Discuss how health care ethics impact how patients are treated in the health care setting and how death is defined.
Define the issues involved in a patient’s right to determine care and treatment outcomes.
Identify how redundancies built into the system can result in greater patient safety.

  • Study chapters 14, 17, 23 and read the posted lecture.
  • Complete the posted discussion question

Week 8: Information Management and AIDS also Review and Proctored Final Examination

Learning Objectives:
Identify the importance of medical record keeping given current legal requirements.
Discuss legal issues with the maintenance of medical records and entries to those records.
Determine what information may be considered confidential and/or privileged information.
Identify the way AIDS has impacted the delivery of health care.
Discuss the rights and responsibilities for both patients and health care workers when HIV or AIDS is involved.

  • Read Ch. 11 and 16.
  • Study all the chapters assigned to this point.
  • Complete the Posted Discussion Question.
  • Post in the Paper Discussion Thread.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

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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