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Course Details

Course Code: HIMA605 Course ID: 4770 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will provide students with an overview of the legal issues that influence the management of health information. Students will examine areas related to the impact of electronic health records, ethical standards, bioethics, confidentiality, informed consent, and access to health related information. In addition, students will study legal issues related to risk, quality, and utilization management, as well as health care fraud and abuse, through various federal legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Examine issues related to ethical standards and bioethics in the administration of health information.
2. Evaluate the impact of electronic health records and the legal issues associated with them.
3. Examine areas related to confidentiality and informed consent of health information management.
4. Integrate legal issues related to risk, quality, and utilization management as they relate to the management of health information as an administrator.
5. Analyze the impact of federal legislation on the management of health information.
6. Assess the use of healthcare data in combating fraud and abuse.

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.


• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Thursday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
• Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Forum Rubric

Weekly Assignments
During Weeks 1-6 you will complete applied/written assignments that correspond to the topics during these weeks. Please visit the Assignments area of the course for specific instructions for each. Note that all written assignments are evaluated against the rubric below.

Graduate Level Writing Rubric

Term Paper

A Term Paper is due Week 7. This paper should be between 7-10 pages, excluding the title page and references, and feature an analysis a contemporary, controversial legal or ethical issue. The paper should be an analysis of defense or refute, on the topic. Your paper should be in APA format, including a title and references page.

Required Textbook for the degree program:

Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

AHIMA Home - American Health Information Management Association. (n.d.). Retrieved
December 2, 2014, from

HIMSS - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (n.d.). Retrieved December
2, 2014, from

Book Title:Legal and Ethical Essentials of Health Care Administration, 2nd ed.
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett
Author:George D. Pozgar
Unit Cost:$121.68
Electronic ISBN:9781284055726
Electronic Unit Cost:$36.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.