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Areas of Study | | HITT205 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Legal Aspects of Health Information Management and Ethics

The course will examine our court systems and the legal and ethical issues related to the health care field.  Specific federal and state regulations, compliance rules, and laws as they relate to the health information department, privacy, security, release of information, confidentiality, and the health record will be covered. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules and regulations will be covered in detail and their influence on the health care field.


NOTES: This course is available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Defend why health information management professionals must be knowledgeable about medical legal issues.
  2. Critique what is a proper or valid request for access to health information as distinguished from an improper or invalid request.
  3. Describe the court system and the court medical legal cases.
  4. Determine the confidentiality, privacy and security policies, procedures and monitoring aspects required for given case studies.
  5. Use legal terminology in its proper content.
  6. Use Health Information/record laws and regulations in relation to Health records.
  7. Use the appropriate release of information policies and procedures according to given cases and situations.
  8. Articulate an understanding of the different aspects of HIPAA in relation to the factions of a Health Information Department and the role of the Health Information technologist.
  9. Given a case study, determine if the case must be reported to legal authorities.
  10. Identify the ethical issues that the health information management and other professionals follow.
  11. Maintain the accuracy and completeness of the patient record as defined by organizational policy and external regulations and standards.
  12. Apply current laws, accreditation, licensure, and certification standards related to health information initiatives from the national, state, local, and facility levels.
  13. Participate in the implementation of legal and regulatory requirements related to the health information infrastructure.
  14. Apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information.
  15. Apply rules for release of patient specific data to authorized users.
  16. Investigate and recommend solutions to privacy issues/problems.
  17. Protect data integrity and validity using software or hardware technology.
  18. Apply departmental or organizational data and information system security policies.
  19. Ensure compliance with privacy and security guidelines (HIPAA, state, hospital, etc.).
  20. Control access to health information.
  21. Perform continual updates to policies and procedures.
  22. Respond to fraud and abuse.
  23. Ensure confidentiality of the health record.
  24. Adhere to disclosure standards and regulations at both state and federal laws.
  25. Demonstrate and promote legal and ethical standards of practice.
  26. Maintain integrity of legal health record according to organizational by laws, rules, and regulations.
  27. Follow state mandated and/or organizational record retention and destruction policies.
  28. Respond to release of information requests from internal and external requestors.
  29. Identify potential health record related risk management issues through auditing.
  30. Facilitate basic education regarding the use of consents, healthcare power of attorney, advanced directives, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), etc.
  31. Represent the facility in court related matters as it applies to the health record (subpoenas, depositions, court orders, warrants).

  • Introduction to the Fundamentals of Law for Health Management
  • The Legal System in the U.S.
  • Civil Procedures
  • Evidence
  • Tort Law
  • Corporations, contracts, and antitrust legal issues
  • Consents
  • The Legal Health Record
  • Security Threats and Controls
  • Access, Requests, and Disclosure
  • Required Reporting and Mandatory Disclosure
  • Risk Management and Quality Improvement
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Medical Staff
  • Ethics (Sayles Chapter 12)

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A percentage system will be used to determine the course grade.  The grade will be based on online discussion, assignments, assessments, midterm and the final.

90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
59 & below = F

NOTE: Must receive C or better to pass.

This course addresses the following domains of knowledge identified by the American Health Information Management Association as indicators of entry-level competency for Health Information Technology. See the student handbook for a complete list of domains and subdomains.

Domain I. Data Content, Structure & Standards
  Subdomain I.A. Classification Systems

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  Subdomain I.B. Health Record Content and Documentation
  1. Analyze the documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient’s progress, clinical findings, and discharge status
  2. Verify the documentation in the health record is timely, complete, and accurate
  3. Identify a complete health record according to organizational policies,
    external regulations, and standards
  4. n/a
  Subdomain I.C. Data Governance
  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data
  Subdomain I.D. Data Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain I.E. Secondary Data Sources
  1. n/a
  2. n/a

Domain II. Information Protection: Access, Disclosure, Archival, Privacy & Security
  Subdomain II.A. Health Law

  1. Apply healthcare legal terminology
  2. Identify the use of legal documents
  3. Apply legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM
  Subdomain II.B. Data Privacy, Confidentiality & Security
  1. Apply confidentiality, privacy and security measures and policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange to protect electronic health information
  2. Apply retention and destruction policies for health information
  3. Apply system security policies according to departmental and organizational data/information standards
  Subdomain II.C. Release of Information
  1. Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information

Domain III. Informatics, Analytics and Data Use
  Subdomain III.A. Health Information Technologies

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.B. Information Management Strategic Planning
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.C. Analytics and Decision Support
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.D. Health Care Statistics
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain III.E. Research Methods
  1. n/a
  Subdomain III.F. Consumer Informatics
  1. n/a
  Subdomain III.G. Health Information Exchange
  1. n/a
  Subdomain III.H. Information Integrity and Data Quality
  1. n/a

Domain IV. Revenue Management
  Subdomain IV.A. Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement

  1. n/a
  2. n/a

Domain V. Compliance
  Subdomain V.A. Regulatory

  1. Analyze policies and procedures to ensure organizational compliance with regulations and standards
  2. n/a
  3. Adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements related to health information management
  Subdomain V.B. Coding
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain V.C. Fraud Surveillance
  1. Identify potential abuse or fraudulent trends through data analysis
  Subdomain V.D. Clinical Documentation Improvement
  1. n/a
  2. n/a

Domain VI. Leadership
  Subdomain VI.A. Leadership Roles

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.B. Change Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.C. Work Design and Process Improvement
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.D. Human Resources Management
  1. n/a
  2. Interpret compliance with local, state, and federal labor regulations
  3. Adhere to work plans, policies, procedures, and resource requisitions in relation to job functions
  Subdomain VI.E. Training and Development
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain VI.F. Strategic and Organizational Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  5. n/a
  Subdomain VI.G. Financial Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.H. Ethics
  1. Comply with ethical standards of practice
  2. Evaluate the consequences of a breach of healthcare ethics
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  Subdomain VI.I. Project Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.J. Vendor/Contract Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.K. Enterprise Information Management
  1. n/a
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

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