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HCA 411: Health Care Law

Course Description

This course will focus on the issues that arise where state and/or federal law and the American health care system intersect. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the scope of the American healthcare system and how governmental agencies regulate and monitor healthcare diversity.
  2. Analyze cases in law which impact healthcare administration.
  3. Illustrate how a wide range of health issues relate to the legal system.
  4. Explain the "Malpractice Crisis" in American healthcare from the view of Lawyers, Doctors, Hospitals and other healthcare organizations.
  5. Critique methods to improve healthcare while reducing legal risks.
  6. Apply skills to search the Internet for information regarding healthcare and the law.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions and Assignment Questions (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

40%

Final Exam (Week 8)

40%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
  • Pozgar, George. Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration. 13th ed. Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 2019. ISBN-10: 1-284-12717-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-284-12717-1

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

Module 1: Introduction

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions and answer the Assignment questions. Detailed assignments are provided in the Assignments section of Blackboard.
  • Review suggested websites in each chapter.

2

2

Module 2: Some Legal Foundations

  • Read: Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions and answer the Assignment questions.
  • Review suggested websites in each chapter.

3

3, 4

Module 3: Corporate Structure, Medical Staff, Nurses, Departments and Liability

  • Read: Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions and answer the Assignment questions.
  • Review suggested websites in each chapter.

4

2

Module 4: Information Management and Patient Records and Midterm Exam
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions and answer the Assignment questions.
  • Review suggested websites in each chapter.
  • Complete the Midterm Exam (circulated at the beginning of the week).

Midterm Exam
SLOs 1-4

Chapters 1-13

5

4

Topic: Legal Reporting Requirements, Patient Rights and Responsibilities

  • Read: Chapters 14 & 18
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions and answer the Assignment questions
  • Review suggested websites in each chapter
  • Review the Lecture material

6

5

Topics: Healthcare Ethics, Procreation and Ethical Issues and End of Life Issues

  • Read: Chapters 15, 16 & 17
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions and answer the Assignment questions
  • Review suggested websites in each chapter

7

6

Topic: Improving Safety and Outcomes, Patient Rights and Duties

  • Read: Chapters 19, 20 & 21
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions and answer the Assignment questions
  • Review suggested websites in each chapter

8

1-6

Topics: Managed Care and National Health and Final Exam

  • Read: Chapter 22
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Final Exam

 

Final Exam
SLOs 1-6

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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