Law, Liability, and Ethics for Medical Office Professionals

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
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Designed to provide a foundation of law and ethics, Law, Liability, and Ethics for Medical Office Personnel applies these concepts to real-life situations in the health care environment. Case studies from actual legal procedures illustrate key points of law as well as ethical dilemmas faced in the medical office. This book helps medical assisting students interact with the legal profession, recognize when they need legal advice, and protect their future employers from medical malpractice complaints.

Table of Contents

From Examining Room to Courtroom
Importance of Legal Knowledge to Medical Office Personnel
Duty of the Physician
Standard of Care
Parameters of Responsibility in the Medical Office
Practicing Medicine
Functioning Within the Legal System
The Hierarchy of Law
Administrative Law
Common Law
Medical Malpractice
Preparing A Case for Court
The Art of Examination
Crime and Punishment: Intent Makes the Difference
Division Between Criminal and Civil Law
Criminal Causes of Action Involving Health Care Personnel
Civil Causes of Action--Intentional Torts
Your Words may Form a Contract
Formation of a Contract
Classification of Contracts
Breach of Contract
Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA)
Termination of Contracts
Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case
Negligence or Malpractice?
Elements of a Civil Malpractice Suit
Informed Consent
Impact of Medical Malpractice Suits
Analysis of the Problem
Practicing Preventive Medicine in the Medical Office
Defenses to a Medical Malpractice Cause of Action
Malpractice Insurance
Product Liability
Health Care is Big Business
Business Structures of Medical Practice: Managed Care
Government Regulation of the Medical Practitioner
Employment Law
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Federal Age Discrimination Act (FADA)
Equal Pay Act
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Workers' Compensation
Social Security
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
Medical Waste
Unions and Health Care Workers
Working Conditions
The Medical Record: The Medical Assistant's Responsibility
Ownership of the Medical Record
Types of Medical Records
Privacy and Privileged Communication
Access to the Medical Record
Credibility of the Medical Record
Introduction to Ethics
Ethical Environment of Health Care
Importance of Studying Ethics
Privacy, Confidentiality, Privileged Communication: A Nexus of Law and Ethics
Disclosure of Personal Matters
The Medical Office
Limits of Confidentiality
Confidentiality as an Ethical Dilemma
The Right to Be Left Alone
Developing an Ethical Decision-Making Process
Birth and the Beginning of Life
Rights of Couples to Have a Child
Rights of the Fetus
Rights of a Newborn
Rights of a Child
Autonomy Versus Paternalism for the Child
Allocation of Resources
Professional Ethics and the Living
Allocation of Resources
Drug Testing on the Job
Autonomy Versus Paternalism
Ethics: Death and Dying
Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders (DNR)
Removal of Life Support
Formats for Advanced Directives
The Geriatric Patient
Appendix--Answers to Cases for Discussion
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