HCMGT 718 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

HCMGT 718 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care examines the major ethical theories and the legal system’s handling of health care disputes. Throughout the course, you’ll discuss major health care issues and how they are addressed on an individual, consultative, and legal basis, as well as the role of the ethics committee. You’ll evaluate various approaches and develop a reasoned approach to problems.

Coursework Highlights

Coursework is designed for situation analysis and sound action. Here are examples of some assignments you may complete as part of HCMGT 718 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care.

  • Compose a case study on an ethical dilemma involving a dying patient from deontological and utilitarian perspectives.
  • Write a research paper where you define legal concepts, cases, and damages of misfeasance and malfeasance, as applied to health care.
  • Create a video presentation where you identify five specific legal risks that pose the greatest threat to an organization, along with supporting cases, damages, and recommendations.

Weekly Themes

Each week of this course focuses on a different theme. Your group discussions and assignments will align with the week’s theme as well as its primary objectives. All weekly course material is proposed and subject to change.

Week 1 – Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making

During the introduction week, you’ll explore the decision making process behind health care laws and ethics. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain the difference between law and ethics.
  • Resolve conflicts between legal and ethical duties in health care management.
  • Identify sources of law that apply to health care and health care management.
  • Discuss the development of ethical codes and legal standards within the health care profession.
  • Apply ethical frameworks (Virtue, Deontological, Utilitarian) to situations and derive possible solutions to problems that may be encountered in health care management.
  • Evaluate possible alternatives to conflict resolution and determine the best possible course of action to take.

Week 2 – Tort, Criminal, and Contract Liability

In week two, you’ll examine issues and incidences of crimes, torts, and contract liability in health care organizations. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain the difference between crimes and torts, giving examples of how each could occur in a health care setting.
  • Identify risks for civil and criminal liability for health care organizations.
  • Discuss the required elements of an enforceable contract.
  • Analyze facts and applicable legal principles in a medical malpractice case.
  • Develop strategies for health care organizations to minimize civil or criminal liability.

Week 3 – Professional Ethical Codes and Licensing Requirements

Throughout week three, you’ll dig deeper into ethical codes and duties of those in the health care industry. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify ethical codes that apply to professionals within the health care industry.
  • Explain how ethical codes impact licensing requirements and professional disciplinary actions.
  • Discuss the relationship between legal and ethical duties by licensed professionals.
  • Analyze facts and applicable ethical principles in health care scenarios.
  • Develop strategies to minimize liability from violations of licensing or ethical code provisions.

Week 4 – Legal Procedures and Regulatory Issues

During the midpoint week of the course, you’ll explore topics like liability insurance, court proceedings, mandatory reporting statutes, and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify types of regulations that impact health care organizations.
  • Explain application of EMTALA to health care providers.
  • Discuss conflicts that may exist between professional care and business duties.
  • Outline the civil litigation process.
  • Develop strategies for health care organizations to insure against litigation risks.

Week 5 – Legal and Ethical Issues in Administration of Health Care

As you progress to week five, you’ll discuss issues of record keeping, confidentiality of patient files and data, cyber security, and affects of Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Medicare and Medicaid. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify types of regulations that impact record keeping and reporting requirements.
  • Explain privacy rights of patients.
  • Discuss administrative processes of file maintenance and storage, insurance, and billing.
  • Develop strategies to minimize risks from breaches of conventional or cyber security.

Week 6 – Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Treatment

In week six, you’ll touch on the sensitive matters of informed consent, competency of patient, contraception, abortion, HIV, and organ donor and transplant procedures. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain the elements of informed consent.
  • Discuss public health reporting requirements.
  • Anticipate conflicts of interest that may arise during treatment.
  • Assess courses of action for providers whose legal and/or ethical duties may conflict with their personal morals and beliefs.
  • Develop a research question grounded in a legal or ethical issue that impacts health care organizations.

Week 7 – Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Research

Throughout this week, you’ll examine subjects like genetic testing, cloning, organ donation, stem cells, experimental procedures, and clinical trials. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain ethical dilemmas that arise in genetic screenings, clinical trials, and experimental treatments.
  • Discuss legal requirements for genetic screenings, clinical trials, and experimental treatments.
  • Anticipate conflicts of interest that may arise during genetic screenings, clinical trials, and experimental treatments.
  • Assess courses of action for providers whose legal and/or ethical duties may conflict with their personal morals and beliefs during genetic screenings, clinical trials, and experimental treatments.

Week 8 – Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Quality of Life and End of Life

During the last week, you’ll analyze delicate issues of palliative care, hospice, durable powers of attorney, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, advanced directives, and euthanasia. Among many things, you’ll learn to:

  • Explain ethical dilemmas that arise in end-of-life care.
  • Discuss legal requirements for do-not-resuscitate orders, advanced directives, living wills, and durable powers of attorney.
  • Anticipate conflicts of interest that may arise during end-of-life care.
  • Assess courses of action for providers whose legal and/or ethical duties may conflict with their personal morals and beliefs during end-of-life care.

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