Healthcare Law and Ethics

Healthcare Law and Ethics

In this course, you will explore laws and ethics in health care. You will start with a high-level introduction to health care law, and then will move on to examine medical ethics and making ethical decisions. From there, you will examine the health care corporate structure, as well as how health care organizations are affected by the U.S. legal system. You will learn about professional liability, medical malpractice, and defenses to liability suits. You will examine the laws surrounding medical records, as well as the concepts of informed consent, privacy, security, and fraud. You will also learn about physicians’ public duties and responsibilities and the laws surrounding health care workers. Additionally, you will explore legal and ethical issues at the beginning and end of life. Finally, you will take a closer look at legal reporting requirements and health care trends and forecasts.

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Learning Objectives/

  1. 1.1 Define the term law and explain the four sources of law in the United States.
  2. 1.2 Discuss the roles of each of the three branches of government in the lawmaking process.
  1. 2.1 Discuss the principles of healthcare ethics and morality.
  2. 2.2 Compare the legal and moral issues of wrongful birth, wrongful life, and wrongful conception.
  3. 2.3 Discuss the purpose of an ethics committee and its role in the delivery of patient care and treatment.
  1. 3.1 Describe medical staff organization and committee structure.
  2. 3.2 Describe the credentialing and privileging process of clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff.
  1. 4.1 Describe four classifications of law.
  2. 4.2 Describe the U.S. Court System.
  3. 4.3 Describe the elements and importance of a written contract.
  1. 5.1 Discuss the four “D”s of medical negligence.
  2. 5.2 Explain the quality and safety requirements for accreditation of hospitals by the Joint Commission.
  3. 5.3 Describe the timeline and phases of a medical lawsuit.
  1. 6.1 Discuss ways to reduce workplace liability lawsuits.
  2. 6.2 Identify the different types of defenses to a medical liability lawsuit.
  3. 6.3 Explain the elements and conditions of a professional liability insurance policy.
  1. 7.1 Explain the importance of patient medical records in legal proceedings.
  2. 7.2 Discuss the challenges in privacy and security of patient medical records.
  3. 7.3 Compare the differences among verbal, written, and implied consent.
  1. 8.1 Explain the basis of U.S. privacy laws and the constitutional amendments pertaining to the privacy of healthcare information.
  2. 8.2 Describe the importance of HIPAA regulation in protecting patients’ privacy and security.
  3. 8.3 Review the federal laws that cover fraud and abuse in healthcare.
  1. 9.1 Identify types of reportable diseases and injuries.
  2. 9.2 Explain the purpose of public health statutes.
  1. 10.1 Describe the importance of standard policies and procedures during the hiring process in healthcare.
  2. 10.2 Examine the rights and responsibilities of employees and patients in a healthcare organization.
  3. 10.3 Discuss public policies protecting employees from unlawful discharge.
  1. 11.1 Define the legal and moral issues of sterilization, artificial insemination, surrogacy, wrongful birth, wrongful life, wrongful conception.
  2. 11.2 Discuss the legal requirements for consent to treat minor children.
  1. 12.1 Explain legal and ethical aspects of end-of-life issues related to autopsy, organ donation, research, clinical trials, and euthanasia.
  2. 12.2 Describe how patient autonomy has been enacted through legislation.
  1. 13.1 Identify what incidents a hospital must report to state and federal agencies.
  2. 13.2 Describe the federal reporting requirements for data breach in a healthcare organization.
  1. 14.1 Explain the impact of demographic change on the U.S. healthcare system.
  2. 14.2 Compare the status of quality, cost, and access in the U.S. healthcare system.

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