306.663.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
Th 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    James Doherty
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss business law as it affects health services delivery, including choice of corporate form, imposition of liability for clinical decision making and regulated financial practices (e.g., health care fraud )
    • Identify and define legal and ethical conflicts arising in the current health care delivery system, including the manner in which particular financial arrangements and management theories create conflict between different legal and ethical principles
    • Examine legislative and judicial responses to conflicts in health care as an expression of public policy and societal concerns
    • Explore the inherent limitations of the legal system to address and resolve conflict and the role of ethical analysis
    • Identify the differences between legal and ethical issues
    • Analyze ethical issues within the context of individuals and collective value systems and the organizational structure, mission and culture of health care delivery systems
    • Utilize different methods of ethical analysis, problem solving, and conflict resolution for ethical disputes
    • Examine reality-based conflict driven fact patterns and analyze legal and ethical issues
  • Course Description
    Develops skills in the ethical analysis of policies and conflicts that arise in the delivery of health care services. Explores the ethical implications of the fundamental structural changes taking place in the U.S. health care market, with attention to the perspectives of the health care professional, the organization "managing care," and the consumer. Topics include basic and applied works in ethical theory; ethical issues in provider selection; the changing physician-patient relationship; reimbursement and financial incentives; quality assurance and utilization review; experimental treatment; and the care of vulnerable and high-risk populations.
  • Intended Audience
    MHA and DrPH student in Healthcare Leadership and Management
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on class participation and a short take-home exercise.
  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Please use my business email address, and not the JHSPH address.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    "Legal Essentials of Health Care Administration", George D. Pozgar, MBA, CHE, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2009.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

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