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.
Examine legal compliance in the medical workplace.
Being Prepared for Ethical Dilemmas
Describe the three forms of advanced directives.
Recognize the importance of a code of ethics.
Analyze the difficulty in the allocation of healthcare resources.
Ethics and the Living
Debate quality of life versus sanctity of life.
Discuss the balance between autonomy and paternalism.
Discuss beginning of life rights for the couple and fetus or child.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Describe the limits of confidentiality.
Compare and contrast privacy and confidentiality.
Summarize the privacy requirements of HIPAA.
Demonstrate decision making regarding access to medical records.
Evaluate issues that impact access to medical records.
Explain actions that negatively affect medical record creditability.
Healthcare as a Business
Identify the purpose of job descriptions, office handbooks, and procedure manuals in a medical office.
Summarize Federal Employment Acts in the medical profession.
Criminal and Civil Law
Examine the medical professional's responsibility as related to child abuse.
Discuss the types of intentional torts.
Contrast criminal and civil causes of action in the medical profession.
Identify types of product liability.
Describe the five defenses to a medical malpractice course of action.
Examine the elements of a civil malpractice suit.
Law and Medicine
Distinguish between the standard of care required for a medical professional and a layperson working in a medical office.
Explain the responsibility of the medical professional to the employee, the employer, and the patient.
Discuss the importance of legal knowledge in the medical office.
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