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HCTM 302 Healthcare Safety, Quality and Legal Environment • 5 Cr.


Covers general safety and quality processes in the healthcare system, including the business, clinical, and delivery processes, the legislative, regulatory, and accreditation processes, laws, regulations, and policies and procedures pertaining to patient safety, healthcare quality, data confidentiality, privacy, release of information, and professional and practice-related ethical issues. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the relationship between healthcare quality and organizational performance standards and management.
  • Research the role of the governing body of the healthcare organization in ensuring compliance with the standards of regulatory and accreditation organizations, international standards.
  • Present strategies to establish and maintain a quality environment in healthcare organizations, affiliates, and outsourced components.
  • Examine the process of standards and outcome development and management in healthcare organizations.
  • Analyze the role of the various healthcare providers, vendors and customers in quality assurance.
  • Debate the trends in quality management, control and assurance in the healthcare environment, specifically as they relate to the provision and reimbursement of healthcare services.
  • Select and apply strategies and tools to support data collection and analysis, and decision making that contribute to ongoing total performance management in healthcare organizations.
  • Evaluate specific tools and strategies to control errors or error processes in all aspects of the healthcare delivery and reimbursement system.
  • Discuss how Patient Safety Organizations such as JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) and IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement), affect patient care and health IT systems.
  • Interpret the laws and best practices as they relate to data confidentiality, privacy, release of information, and debate related issues.
  • Appraise and discuss the need for policy and regulatory management in the context of HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act), Stark, Joint Commission Accreditation, and other legal and compliance requirements.
  • Analyze and defend professional and practice-related ethical issues in the context of case studies



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