HCMT 330: Privacy & Protection: Law and Regulation in Healthcare

HCMT 330: Privacy & Protection: Law and Regulation in HealthcareCourse Description and Prerequisites

Students will learn about the laws, government regulations and ethical considerations related to the operation of health care systems. By understanding legal applications, healthcare providers and administrators can avoid legal disputes. Within this context, students will explore HIPAA, informed consent, health IT compliance, anti-trust issues and organizational structures in healthcare. Students will focus on the implications of laws and regulations on the management of healthcare services, particularly with respect to information systems, costs and day-to-day operations. Likewise, students will examine the current reforms taking place in healthcare law.

Prerequisite: HCMT 210 Navigating U.S. Healthcare System


Student Centered Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the discrepancies between “legal culture” and “medical culture”
  2. Issue-spot potential liabilities in the area of medical malpractice
  3. Define informed consent
  4. Discuss continuity of care obligations and legalities
  5. Identify patient privacy issues and ethical challenges
  6. Review the statutory and regulatory requirements of healthcare business organizations, professional and facility licensure, accreditation, and certificate of need
  7. Describe the statutes and regulations that govern public insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, along with the specific rules related to fraud and abuse
  8. Discuss the implications of new healthcare reform


Textbook and Supplementary Readings

Required Texts

This course does not require a textbook.

Course articles are available online or in the course in PDF format.


Topic Outline

  • Week 01: U.S. Law and the Healthcare Industry
  • Week 02: Patients’ Rights
  • Week 03: Duty and Liability, Elements of a Cause of Action, and Parties
  • Week 04: Confidentiality in the Healthcare Industry
  • Week 05: Statutory and Regulatory Requirements of Healthcare Business Organizations
  • Week 06: Statutes and Regulations that Govern Public Insurance Programs
  • Week 07: Final Project & Healthcare Reform


Methods of Assessment  

Your final grade will be determined based on:

Graded ElementsPercentage
Final Project20%
Total 100%
 Course Feedback Discussion1%
 Extra Credit Course Evaluation1%


Discussions will be graded based on the following rubric.

Discussion Rubric
CriteriaDescriptionMax Points
FrequencyDistributes participation across 3-4 days throughout the week creating a dialogue. 20
Initial Discussion PostingPosts well developed, timely discussions that fully address and develop all aspects of the task. 20
Follow-up PostingsDemonstrates timely analysis of others’ posts; extends meaningful discussion by building on previous posts. 20
Content ContributionsPosts factually correct, reflective and substantive contributions; advances discussion. 20
Reference & SupportUses references to literature, readings, or personal experience to support comments. 20
  Total Points: 100


Weekly Assignments and Final Project

Evaluation CriteriaWeight
Content – Response clearly and substantively addresses all requirements of the assignment and includes relevant, current, credible, and timely supporting examples.40%
Organization – The response is well organized and flows logically throughout.  The body of the document includes appropriately titled headings and subheadings.30%
Mechanics – The document is well written (e.g., correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.)20%
Format – The document adheres to all APA 6th ed. formatting requirements (e.g., title page, double-spacing, in-text citations for each source listed in the references section, 12-point font size, etc.).  Complete and save papers as Microsoft Word documents.10%
Late PenaltySee Grading Policy below


Grading Policy

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Course summary:



Wed, 30 Aug 2017Assignment Week 1: Discussion 1: Introductions and Current Events Newsdue by 23:59
Thu, 31 Aug 2017Assign
ment Week 1: Discussion 2: Ethical vs. Legal and Current Events News
due by 23:59
Sun, 3 Sep 2017Assignment Week 1: Assignmentdue by 23:59
Wed, 6 Sep 2017Assignment Week 2: Discussion 1: Advance Directivesdue by 23:59
Thu, 7 Sep 2017Assignment Week 2: Discussion 2: Informed Consentdue by 23:59
Fri, 8 Sep 2017Assignment Week 2: Discussion 3: Story Results (from assignment in week 1)due by 23:59
Sun, 10 Sep 2017Assignment Week 2: Assignmentdue by 23:59
Wed, 13 Sep 2017Assignment Week 3: Case Discussion 1: Negligence & Wrongful Deathdue by 23:59
Thu, 14 Sep 2017Assignment Week 3: Case Discussion 2: Current Events: Lawsuitsdue by 23:59
Sun, 17 Sep 2017Assignment Week 3: Assignmentdue by 23:59
Wed, 20 Sep 2017Assignment Week 4: Discussion 1: HIT and EMR Current Eventsdue by 23:59
Thu, 21 Sep 2017Assignment Week 4: Discussion 2: HIPAA & Privacydue by 23:59
Sun, 24 Sep 2017Assignment Extra Credit Course Feedback Discussiondue by 23:59
Assignment Week 4: Assignmentdue by 23:59
Wed, 27 Sep 2017Assignment Week 5: Discussion 1: Physician Oversightdue by 23:59
Thu, 28 Sep 2017Assignment Week 5: Discussion 2: Regulatory Agenciesdue by 23:59
Sun, 1 Oct 2017Assignment Week 5: Assignmentdue by 23:59
Wed, 4 Oct 2017Assignment Week 6: Discussion 1: Compliance Plansdue by 23:59
Thu, 5 Oct 2017Assignment Week 6: Discussion 2: Big vs. Small Providerdue by 23:59
Sun, 8 Oct 2017Assignment Week 6: Assignmentdue by 23:59
Wed, 11 Oct 2017Assignment Week 7: Discussion 1: Healthcare Reformdue by 23:59
Thu, 12 Oct 2017Assignment Week 7: Discussion 2: Final Thoughtsdue by 23:59
Fri, 13 Oct 2017Assignment Extra Credit: IDEA Survey Quizdue by 23:59
Assignment Week 7: Final Assignmentdue by 23:59