Law, Liability and Ethics for the Medical Office Professional

ISBN-10: 1401840337

ISBN-13: 9781401840334

Edition: 4th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Myrtle R. Flight

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Designed to provide learners with a foundation in medical law and ethics, this book uses case studies from actual legal procedures to illustrate key points of law, interpretation of statutes, as well as ethical dilemmas. This newly revised edition helps the medical office professional interact with the legal profession, recognize when they need legal advice, and protect their employers from medical malpractice complaints. In addition to understanding their rights as an employee, the rights of the patient are explored, as well.
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Book details

List price: $220.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 12/8/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Myrtle Flight is the former Assistant Director of the Blue Hills Regional Technical School. She was also adjunct faculty at Massasoit Community College, Northeastern University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
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
Statutory Law
Administrative Law
Common Law
Medical Malpractice
Preparing Your Case for Court
The Art of Examination
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
Agency
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
Telemedicine
Government Regulation of the Medical Practitioner
Employment Law
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Telecommunications
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
Collections
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
Ethics
Morals
Etiquette
Ethical Environment of Managed 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
HIPAA
Birth and the Beginning of Life
Genetics
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
Creeds
Time
Allocation of Resources
Experiments
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
AIDS
The Geriatric Patient
Suicide
The Civil and Criminal Case Processes
Answers to Cases for Discussion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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