This course provides an overview of issues faced by health care professionals seeking to comply with federal and state laws and regulations governing the health care industry. Topics covered include compliance fundamentals, nonprofit corporate and tax issues, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, the Stark Law, hospital-physician relationships, peer review and credentialing, and medical errors and patient safety. The course focuses on both substantive legal issues and the development of legal research and writing skills.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Summarize the key statutes, regulations, and guidance documents that impose compliance obligations on health care providers
- Explain what health care providers must do to comply with these legal requirements
- Analyze real world situations facing health care providers in order to identify risks 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
- Evaluate proposed changes in the law and assess their implications for health care 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.