Health Care's Law And Ethics Environment – hca260 (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the laws and ethics of providing health care services. The course is intended to familiarize the student with state and federal health regulations. Because ethics and laws are both dynamic, emphasis is placed on discussing some of the dramatic changes in health care delivery, such as managed care, patient self-determination, medical record keeping, and various laws that impact health care employment.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Law and Medicine

  • Discuss the importance of legal knowledge in the medical office.
  • Explain the responsibility of the medical professional to the employee, the employer, and the patient.
  • Distinguish between the standard of care required for a medical professional and a layperson working in a medical office.

Legal liability in the medical profession

  • Examine legal compliance in the medical workplace.

Criminal and Civil Law

  • Examine the medical professional's responsibility as related to child abuse.
  • Contrast criminal and civil causes of action in the medical profession.
  • Discuss the types of intentional torts.

Healthcare as a Business

  • Summarize Federal Employment Acts in the medical profession.
  • Identify the purpose of job descriptions, office handbooks, and procedure manuals in a medical office.

Medical Records

  • Explain actions that negatively affect medical record creditability.
  • Evaluate issues that impact access to medical records.
  • Demonstrate decision making regarding access to medical records.

Privacy and Confidentiality

  • Summarize the privacy requirements of HIPAA.
  • Describe the limits of confidentiality.
  • Compare and contrast privacy and confidentiality.

Ethics and the Living

  • Discuss beginning of life rights for the couple and  fetus or child.
  • Discuss the balance between autonomy and paternalism.
  • Debate quality of life versus sanctity of life.

Being Prepared for Ethical Dilemmas

  • Analyze the difficulty in the allocation of healthcare resources.
  • Recognize the importance of a code of ethics.
  • Describe the three forms of advanced directives.

Medical Malpractice

  • Examine the elements of a civil malpractice suit.
  • Describe the five defenses to a medical malpractice course of action.
  • Identify types of product liability.

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