Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare (Master's)
Designed for legal professionals, health providers, practice managers, or administrators, this concentration explores the complex intersection of law and health systems. The curriculum focuses on common legal issues encountered by healthcare leaders, such as professional liability, patient privacy, and payment system management, discussed in relation to healthcare facilities and providers. You will learn how to:
- Critique legal and regulatory systems that impact healthcare
- Influence and implement legal issues affecting healthcare policy
- Assess laws that affect payment systems in healthcare with an emphasis on fraud and abuse
- Introduce new medical products to market
- Handle intellectual property and research regulations
As a healthcare leader, you will be prepared to identify potential issues that require additional legal consultation. Consult your advisor about electives or a certificate from any of the other Healthcare Leadership concentrations or from one of the other University College programs to enhance your education and career planning. Certain electives will provide the body of knowledge for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification examinations.
MS in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- HC 4000 - Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments
- HC 4010 - HC Communication and Leadership
- HC 4220 - Ethical Considerations in Healthcare
- HC 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- HC 4901 - Capstone Project
- HC 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- HC 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- HC 4005 - Healthcare Macroeconomics
- HC 4400 - Legal Issues: Healthcare Providers and Facilities
- HC 4410 - Legal Issues: Research, Development and Entrepreneurism
- HC 4420 - Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Healthcare Leadership programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Healthcare Leadership programs include:
- HC 4200 - Comparative Healthcare Systems
- HC 4210 - Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
- HC 4225 - Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
- HC 4230 - Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
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Careers in Managing Legal Issues in Healthcare
Compliance Officer, Health Advisor, Health Law Paralegal, Healthcare Administrator, Healthcare Legal Counsel, Healthcare Manager, Medical Strategist, Patient Advocate, Practice Manager
Advocating for patients and programs; compiling, validating, and analyzing legal and medical data; ensuring compliance with healthcare regulations; interpreting healthcare laws and policies; making healthcare policy recommendations; participating in healthcare strategic planning at multiple levels; resolving healthcare service and delivery issues; reviewing healthcare policies and programs; serving as a subject- Advocating for patients and programs; compiling, validating, and analyzing medical data to understand current healthcare trends; designing healthcare-related reports for agency management; developing healthcare initiatives; interpreting healthcare laws and policies; making healthcare policy recommendations; participating in healthcare strategic planning and multiple levels; resolving healthcare service and delivery issues; reviewing healthcare policies and programs, serving as a subject matter expert in legal proceedings
Job opportunities for healthcare professionals with an understanding of legal issues, or legal professionals with insight into the healthcare field, are expected to grow by an average of 10% between 2012 and 2022, says the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. As healthcare regulations and insurance policies continue to become more convoluted, having the skills to accurately interpret the rules also becomes more of an asset. “Patient advocate” was even identified by US News and World Report as a career that is “Ahead of the Curve,” giving job seekers in this field firm support that knowledge is power.
Careers In Healthcare Leadership
Where need meets desire.
According to Explore Health Careers, a perfect storm is brewing for aspiring healthcare professionals, administrators, and managers as the number of patients with age-related health needs increases along with the number of health professionals retiring from the field in conjunction with emerging technologies changing the way we live and die, healthcare is the field to be in. Driven by major policy changes in the healthcare insurance industry related to access, transparency and relevance, job opportunities in clinics and outpatient care sites will increase dramatically in both urban and rural areas. Opportunities for medical and health services specialists are projected to grow by 16% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created in the next several years will be related to the healthcare industry.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.-rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a Monster.com report. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, as well as the cutting-edge technologies being made available to the public. Employment for medical records and health information technology professionals is expected to grow 20% within the next decade, much faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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