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Healthcare Law and Ethics - HCMG 7320

Course Length: 8 weeks

In this class, you will study the legal and ethical issues involving healthcare users, providers, public interest and the government. Some of the topics and subjects covered include the legal system in the United States, tort law, professional negligence, contracts, anti-trust issues, corporate liability, issues regarding medical staff, issues regarding specific healthcare practitioners, nursing law, department liabilities, information systems and management, issues of consent, reporting requirements, patients rights, malpractice insurance, tort reform, employment law, managed care and risk reduction.

Coursework Highlights

Coursework is designed for engagement and collaboration. Here is an example of just some of the assignments and projects you will complete as part of HCMG 7320.

  • Write an executive summary about a researched law review article.
  • Collaborate with your peers on a research paper.

Weekly Themes

Throughout the course, each week focuses on a different theme. Group discussions and coursework will align with that week’s theme, as well as its primary objectives.

Week 1 – Intro to Anglo Legal System and Ethics

Week one provides you with an overview of the U.S. judicial system. Coursework will cover various sources of law, classification of laws, our court system and a brief look at how laws shape how we function in society. The class also explores the relationship between law and ethics. Various ethical paradigms will be introduced, concluding with a look at how ethics impacts decision-making.

Week 2 – Intentional Torts and Negligence

During week two you’ll examine the concept of tort law. You will look at the elements of negligence and develop an understanding of the difference between intentional torts and negligence. Tort reform is also examined.

Week 3 – Tort Reform and Informed Consent

In week three you’ll examine capping non-economic damages as a means to address tort reform. You will also learn about informed consent and watch a documentary on the Tuskegee Study. This was one of the most egregious examples of medical research and the need for informed consent.

Week 4 – Midterm

Week four is the midpoint of the course. In this week, you will have an exam that assesses your knowledge on material covered to date.

Week 5 – Medical Staff Appointments and Emergency Care

Week five covers the physician-hospital relationship, especially medical staff privileges and credentialing. Coursework also covers the federal requirement to provide emergency care.

Week 6 – Corporate Liability and Taxation of Healthcare Institutions

In week six your coursework will explore ways that hospitals can be held liable and taxation issues in healthcare.

Week 7 – The Right to Refuse and End-of-Life Decisions

Going into week seven you’ll start to address end-of-life decisions and the right to refuse care. You will look at federal laws like the Patient Self Determination Act and state laws that allow for physician-assisted suicide.

Week 8 – Final

Week eight marks the last week in this course. In this week, you will have a comprehensive exam on all material covered in the course to date.

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To learn more about this course, or other courses in the online MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.