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HAD 554 Health Care Law

Learn the law of the health care landscape to better manage and administrate.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Taught from a management perspective, Health Care Law (HAD 554) provides an overview of the American legal system and its impact on the delivery of health care services. As one of the most highly regulated industries, health care is subject to federal, state, and local laws applicable specifically to this industry.

Health Care Law Coursework

The coursework of HAD 554 examines the major legal issues encountered in the health care field by administrators and practitioners. Among the topics you’ll explore are principles of liability, legal aspects of medical ethics, and legislative and regulatory factors in health care delivery. Assignments cover the most riveting and recent health care legal issues and cases of our time. Additionally, you’ll critique three films centered on the subject.

Up for Discussion

Learn from your instructor and peers via interactive discussion forums that can include a number of intriguing and current health topics like the example below.

What are the legal rights in wrongful birth and wrongful life?

What You’ll Learn in Health Care Law

Throughout HAS 554 Health Care Law, you’ll examine relevant legal cases, such as issues of reproduction; where each case stands in the hierarchy of the legal system; how it got to the court that considered it; and the implications of the ultimate decision. Ever-evolving laws and legal issues run the gamut from simple to complex, yet we all live by an unwritten oath. People have certain obligations toward each other; these obligations may be monitored by established criminal laws, standards of ordinary prudence or duties voluntarily assumed, but wherever they are found, their breach can be remedied through legal action rather than self-help and personal conflict. You’ll discover this breach is broad and answers to the name of negligence.

This course studies the four concepts of negligence, the most common form of litigation, and the field that probably owes more to our common-law roots than any other. The understood rule of thumb is that we owe each other — the obligation to be careful and prudent in our relationships — be it in individual conduct or corporate settings.

It won’t come as a surprise that most hospitals and other institutional providers of healthcare are corporations (many are not-for-profit). The corporate form is pervasive in healthcare because of its many advantages. It is flexible and easy to create and has many of the same constitutional rights that natural persons have under our system of government. You’ll quickly learn that the corporation has certain limitations, the most significant of which is that it possesses only those powers that the law, and the corporation’s organizing documents, permit it to have. And its operation is constrained by certain procedural requirements that can entangle a careless or unsuspecting manager. It is therefore essential for your healthcare administration career that you know the fundamentals of corporate law.

You’ll look far beyond corporate law and explore the political and operational aspects of health care organization, specifically, taxation and allocation of profits. Just a few intellectual leaps away is what is fit and what is fraudulent.

Fraud and abuse is one of the hottest topics in health care law today, and for good reason: the total of all healthcare expenditures in this country is about $2 trillion annually, with the federal government paying for at least one-third of that amount. During class, you’ll discuss fraud and abuse laws and then learn how to promote corporate compliance programs as valuable preventive measures.

As the course concludes, you’ll have gained the knowledge required to successfully understand and act accordingly to the law of the land in the health care industry.

Course Topics

Over the eight-week duration of the course, you’ll be introduced to new topics and weekly themes. Sample weekly topics may include:

  • The Anglo-American Legal System and a Brief History of Medicine
  • Contracts, Intentional Torts, and Negligence
  • The Organization, Management, and Liabilities of Corporate Healthcare Institutions
  • Health Reform, Access to Care, Admission and Discharge, and Medical Staff Privileges and Peer Review
  • Emergency Care, Consent for Treatment, and Withholding Consent
  • Taxation of Healthcare Institution and Competition-Antitrust Law
  • Fraud Laws, Corporate Compliance, and Health Information Management
  • Issues of Reproduction and Birth

Course Learning Objectives

All Health Care Law coursework provides you with a broad overview of how the delivery of health care services is impacted by the laws and regulations. Upon completion of the course, you will have the skills and confidence to:

  • Identify and evaluate the legal issues that arise in the health care environment.
  • Employ and utilize the applicable legal principles in analyzing specific problem situations.
  • Address and resolve these situations by effectively studying case law and working with counsel for the health care institution.

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