The Regulatory Environment – hca260c (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the regulatory aspects of providing health care services. Students will become familiar with state and federal health regulations. Emphasis is placed on various contemporary characteristics regarding the laws and ethics of health care delivery and the rules that impact health care employment.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Criminal and Civil Law

  • Contrast criminal and civil causes of action in the health care profession.
  • Describe the health care employee's responsibility regarding reportable instances.
  • Discuss the types of intentional torts.

Health Care Business Roles

  • Identify the purpose of job descriptions in a health care setting.
  • Explain how regulations impact health care employees.

Ethical Dilemmas

  • Describe the importance of maintaining a code of ethics.
  • Differentiate between personal and professional ethics.
  • Describe the three forms of advanced directives.

Health Records

  • Explain actions that negatively affect medical record creditability.
  • Explain the reasons for restricting access to health records.
  • Determine appropriate personnel access to health records.

Privacy and Confidentiality

  • Summarize the privacy requirements of HIPAA.
  • Compare and contrast privacy and confidentiality.
  • Describe the limits of confidentiality.

Basics of Ethics in Health Care

  • Explain the ethical challenges of resource scarcity in health care.
  • Distinguish between laws, morals, and ethics.

Influences on the Health Care Industry

  • Discuss the roles of accrediting organizations in health care.
  • Discuss the roles of other organizations that influence health care.

Law and Medicine

  • Describe the legislative process.
  • Describe the levels of laws.
  • Describe the legal and ethical responsibilities of the health care employee.

Medical Malpractice

  • Describe the elements of a civil malpractice lawsuit.
  • Identify measures to reduce malpractice risk.

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