Ethical, Legal, And Regulatory Issues In Health Care – hcs578 (3 credits)

Ethical principles and decision-making models are used to address and understand complex health care issues. Legal concepts and regulatory agency and other public policies influence the direction and financing of health care.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Ethical Theories

  • Critique the ethical relationships between risk management, quality assurance, and resource allocation.
  • Identify the various ethical theories and belief systems.
  • Analyze own ethical belief system.

Regulatory and Legislative Issues

  • Identify the impact of legal and legislative processes on health care delivery at local, state, and national levels.
  • Analyze the relationship of legal, regulatory, and legislative policy to health care.
  • Explain health policy development and its impact on health care.
  • Analyze the similarities and differences between moral, ethical, and legal issues.

Patient Rights

  • Explain the ramifications of the increasing use of technology on patient confidentiality and data security in health care organizations.
  • Expand upon the impact of the Patient Self Determination Act on the health care environment.
  • Explain how publicity regarding adverse events can influence elected officials and policy advisors.

Public Policies

  • Analyze the role of public policies on health care financing.
  • Contrast government agencies and private organizational influences on health care cultures and policy development.
  • Explain how the state of the economy affects health care policy and vice versa.

Current Issues

  • Evaluate ethical dilemmas in biomedical research, e-health, information technology, and telemedicine.
  • Determine key ethical issues related to global health.
  • Contrast current international health policy issues with US health policy issues.

Organizational Ethics

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of ethical role modeling and mentoring in professional nursing.

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