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Legal Issues in Health Care: Regulation and Compliance




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course covers the broad range of topics affected by health law and regulation ranging from patient rights to corporate responsibilities. Public and private health care regulatory agencies are examined as well as their impact on the operation of health care as a business. Legal issues ranging from professional malpractice to corporate wrongdoing are also discussed.



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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1 - The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Health Care

  • Explain how health care laws are created. 
  • Evaluate the impact of local, state, and federal laws on the health care industry.
  • Explain the regulatory issues and trends that impact the health care industry.
  • Evaluate the impact of legal and regulatory requirements on the health care industry.

Week 2 - Organizational and Professional Responsibility

  • Identify agencies that impact regulations in the health care industry.
  • Analyze the role of accreditation and regulatory agencies in the health care industry. 
  • Explain elements of negligence and intentional torts that could impact risk and quality management for health care organizations.
  • Evaluate standards of care and potential liability for health care professionals and organizations.

Week 3 - Patients, Providers, and Third-Party Payers

  • Explain the state and federal statutory and regulatory enactments relative to patient rights and responsibilities.
  • Describe the principles of the various types of patient consent and the impact on the health care industry.
  • Evaluate the status of provider rights and responsibilities in the delivery of health care.
  • Describe the legal issues and applicable laws that regulate third-party payers.

Week 4 - Health Care Contracts, Fraud, and Liability

  • Explain the types and elements of contracts that are applicable to health care providers.
  • Evaluate various forms of health care fraud.
  • Evaluate civil and criminal penalties associated with fraudulent activities.
  • Analyze medical liability for health care organizations and providers.
  • Identify strategies to protect the health care facilities from liability issues.

Week 5 - Health Care Privacy, Information Technology Management, and Security Issues

  • Differentiate statutory, regulatory, and common law requirements of confidentiality in the health care industry.
  • Analyze the legal and ethical implications of using technology in the health care industry.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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