Course : Legal/Regulatory Considerations
- Course Number
- RADS 5023
- Section Number
- Fall 2023
- Centennial Hall, NA
- Dr. Jeff Killion
- Days & Times
- Final Exam Day/Time
This course presents an overview of the legal issues, concepts, laws, and regulations facing the health care industry and higher education. Students will explore these in the context of the daily professional practice of radiology administrators and educators.
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:
- Discuss legal issues, concepts, laws and regulations such as malpractice, standards of care, scopes of practice, tort and contract liability, accreditation, academic freedom and tenure.
- Perform basic legal research to find relevant laws and court decisions.
- Identify important areas of legal concern in clinical practice and education.
- Demonstrate the ability to read, understand, and synthesize existing research, laws, and legal precedents and apply them to current problems.
Expert Witness Case Study - 40%
For this assignment students will review a case as an expert witness. A case will be introduced and each student will review legal documents, answer questions, and formulate a report. This assignment will be in two parts. This assignment will be released on the course homepage (WebCT).
Due dates are listed in the chart at the end of the syllabus
Electronic Discussion - 15%
Due: Throughout the Semester
Each student must introduce at least one new workplace related legal topic for discussion during the semester. At minimum, each student should log in to the discussion forum at least once each week. While each student does not have to make comments on each topic, but at minimum each student must make comments on at least half (50%) of the topics presented for discussion. Open discussion is encouraged.
(To make this discussion format work smoothly, students should become familiar with techniques to follow existing electronic discussion threads and to open new discussion threads using the WebCT Discussion Tool.)
"Take Issue" Presentation 30%
Each student will develop and lead a presentation on his / her “Take Issue” topic. Each presentation will be at least fifteen (15) minutes and not more than twenty (20) minutes in length. Presentations will occur during the second class weekend.
“Take Issue” topics must be related to legal issues affecting Education, Administration, or Clinical Practice (preferably in the student’s current Radiologic Sciences workplace and preferably linked to one of the textbook chapters). Topics must be approved by the instructor (first come – first serve). See the chart at the end of the syllabus for due dates.
The presentation will include the following areas:
- "Take Issue" Topic and Background: in this section introduce the topic and provide textbook reference (if applicable) as well as all background information necessary to understand the situation at hand.
- Legal and Regulatory Implications: in this section provide the legal/regulatory information regarding the topic such as laws related to the topic, punishment or fines for noncompliance, regulatory agencies involved (punishment or fines for noncompliance).
- Personnel Impact: in this section describe the effects of compliance or noncompliance on professionals, patients, students, public, etc that may be impacted by this issue.
- Financial Impact: in this section discuss the monitory costs of compliance or noncompliance as well as annual costs to the healthcare, system, legal system, or educational system as applicable.
- Solutions: in this section discuss the possible solutions to the issue and how each may be implemented. Include costs/benefit analysis of solutions and any legal or regulatory changes that may be needed.
Students should NOT read their assignment to the class. Presentations should be informative AND interactive. Students may use PowerPoint, but they are not required to use PowerPoint. Students must incorporate a group activity to reinforce their topic. Examples include: role-playing, before class assignments, audiovisual technology, handouts, games, competitions, and discussion. Students may provide classmates with preparatory reading materials before the class period if necessary. Students MUST upload their presentations to the discussion board as an attachment prior to their presentation in class.
Group Activities & Class Participation 15%
Each student is expected to prepare and to participate in class discussions and activities on each topic. The quality, relevancy, and consistency of each student's participation will be evaluated by the instructor according to the following factors:
- Verbal and nonverbal participation
- Awareness of group dynamics and supportive behavior towards others encouraging discussion and clarifying issues
- Evidence of familiarity with the issues involved in each topic scheduled for discussion
- Contribution of relevant observations from personal, professional, and/or academic experiences
Expert Witness case study 40%
Electronic Discussion Board Participation 15%
âTake Issueâ Presentation 30%
Group Activities & Class Participation 15%
A = 100 - 90
B = 89 - 80
C = 79 - 70
D = 69 - 60
F = 59 and below
Without exception, students MUST attend and participate in both graduate seminar weekends to receive credit for this course
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