This course introduces students to the primary areas of law that impose compliance obligations on healthcare providers. Topics covered include nonprofit corporation law, the law governing state and federal tax exemptions, federal fraud and abuse laws (including the Anti-Kickback Law, the False Claims Act and the Stark Law), patient safety and quality, IRS requirements for non-profit hospitals, the peer review and credentialing processes, and medical error and safety programs.
Upon completion of this certificate program, you will be able to:
- Summarize the key statutes, regulations and guidance documents that impose compliance obligations on healthcare providers
- Explain what healthcare providers must do to comply with these legal requirements
- Analyze real-world situations facing healthcare providers in order to spot legal issues and formulate options
- Develop strategies for avoiding legal problems by designing policies and practices in light of legal requirements
- Use Internet-based research tools to find authoritative statements of the law and answers to legal questions
- Evaluate proposed changes in the law and assess their implications for healthcare providers
- Recognize situations in which professional legal advice is necessary and communicate effectively with professional legal counsel
The Compliance Issues for Healthcare Providers certificate course can be completed in just 8 weeks. You must complete all coursework in the sequence in which it is offered. You should plan to spend about 6-8 hours per week on online coursework, including reading assignments, research and writing projects, and online discussions.