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.
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.
Examine the elements of a civil malpractice suit.
Describe the five defenses to a medical malpractice course of action.
Identify types of product liability.
Criminal and Civil Law
Contrast criminal and civil causes of action in the medical profession.
Discuss the types of intentional torts.
Examine the medical professional's responsibility as related to child abuse.
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.
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.
Compare and contrast privacy and confidentiality.
Describe the limits of 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.
Legal liability in the medical profession
Examine legal compliance in the medical workplace.
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