Syllabus for MSP-642

LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Legal Issues in Healthcare is designed to give you an in-depth introduction to the issues of health services law & ethics, including the role of law in the US healthcare system, the legal system and legal research, managing and regulating the healthcare system including legal structure and governance of healthcare organizations, government regulations in public health and health services, protecting privacy of medical information, medical staff credentialing and clinical privileges, the laws in payment programs, antitrust law in healthcare field, legal & ethics issues in patient care & in healthcare insurance.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast law and ethics
  2. Discuss the US legal system
  3. Identify Issues associated with universal healthcare
  4. Explore the legal structure and governance of healthcare organizations
  5. Discuss  governmental regulations to protect the public, to ensure quality and contain cost and promote access
  6. Discuss the professional relationship between physicians and hospital
  7. Analyze the government’s influence on healthcare reimbursement and investigations of fraud and abuse
  8. Analyze antitrust law theory within the context of healthcare
  9. Examine state and federal laws that protect the privacy of patient information
  10. Discuss negligence issues and malpractice reform
  11. Analyze factors that determine the creation and termination of physician patient relationship
  12. Discuss the law in regard to patients who lack capacity or are disabled
  13. Examine provider contract law issues
  14. Discuss the legal Implications of financial incentives to to provide less care
  15. Discuss utilization of healthcare services

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

ISBN-13: 978-1567932799

COURSE STRUCTURE

Legal Issues in Health Care is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments and produce a final project in the form of a research paper.  See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

Legal Issues in Healthcare requires you to participate in six graded discussion forums that together count for a total of 30 percent of your course grade.

Communication among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful. Deadlines for posting discussion threads are given in the Course Calendar.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete a total of six written assignments; one assignment per module.  The written assignments focus on the topics covered in each of the course modules.  

Your work will be graded according to the criteria outlined in this  Written Assignment Rubric.

Due dates for all of these assignments can be found in the Course Calendar.  

Final Project: Research Paper

You are required to produce a Final Project in the form of a research paper and submit it at the end of the semester.

In your paper you will identify a particular current healthcare issue, problem or current trend and analyze it in terms of any laws or policies that support it together with any ethical issues involved.  Part of your paper will also involve  developing a plan of action to resolve or improve the issue you have identified.

You will produce your Final Project in four stages as part of your assignments for Modules 2, 3, 4 and 6.

 

For specific details regarding what you are required to do go the the Final Project: Research Paper area of the course.

Due dates for all of these assignments can be found in the Course Calendar.  

Turnitin Requirement for Final Project

You are required to submit the final project in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin FAQ Web Page

The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by semester.

Course ID and Password by Semester 

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B

=

83–87

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–82

B+

=

88–89

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Plagiarism

Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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