This course will focus on the basic terminology and processes of the U.S. legal system and then move into topics specific to the management of health information. Topics covered include privacy, security, confidentiality, contracts, meaningful use, HIPAA, HITECH, medical identity theft, E-Discovery, and professional liability issues. Students will learn the standards for releasing patient information and the design and implementation of information privacy and security policies and procedures that maintain not only the patient’s privacy but also adhere to a healthcare organization’s legal and ethical requirements. (3 credits)
This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Identify laws and regulations that relate to patient information
- Identify the terminology and processes of the U.S. legal system
- Discuss information security and privacy of healthcare information.
- Describe policies, procedures, and guidelines for healthcare organizational privacy and security.
- Implement physical, administrative and technical healthcare information security and privacy controls.
- Explain HIPAA/HITECH security and privacy provisions.
- Prepare, organize and implement periodic privacy and security trainings for employees.
- Delineate roles and responsibilities of the security personnel.
- Discuss the security of mobile devices.
- Design and implement disaster recovery plans for business continuation.
- Manage access and disclosure of personal health information.
- Create solutions to privacy issues.
- Define and maintain the elements of the legal health record.
- Develop and maintain e-discovery guidelines.
- Evaluate identity management procedures.
- Apply and promote ethical standards of practice.
- Apply access, disclosure and retention policies to health information management.
- Assess compliance of privacy, security and confidentiality rules and policies.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion (Weeks 1-8)
Written and Competency Assignments (Weeks 1, 2 & 4-8)
Exams (Weeks 3 & 5)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Brodnik, M., Rinehart-Thompson, L., and Reynolds, R. (2017). Fundamentals of Law for Health Information Management. 3rd ed. AHIMA Press, Chicago, IL. ISBN-13: 9781584265306
- Oachs, P. and A. Watters. (2016). Health Information Management Concepts, Principles and Practice. 5th ed. AHIMA Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN-13: 9781584264897
Notes: This textbook is used in several HIM courses and should be saved for preparation for the RHIA exam.
- AHIMA Practice Briefs as assigned
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Topics: Introduction and The Legal Record
Topics: The U.S. Legal System and Civil Procedure
Topics: Evidence, Tort Law and Contracts
Topic: Consent, Risk Management and Compliance
Topic: The HIPAA Privacy Rule
Topic: The HIPAA Security Rule, Security Threats and Controls
Topics: Access and Disclosure of Health Information
Topics: Corporate Compliance
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.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.