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Health Careers Education
Medical Law and Ethics
This course covers information necessary to understand the legal and ethical standards of the medical assisting practice. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of ethical issues, contracts, healthcare worker liability, medical litigation, drug regulations, discrimination issues, OSHA rules, bioethical issues, medical records, acceptable fees and laws that may affect the health care professional. Emphasis is placed upon the settings that employ medical assistants.
Lara Skaggs
-Distinguish between law, ethics and etiquette.

-Recognize the importance of professional codes of ethics and patients' rights.

-Describe the allied health careers and define licensure, certification and registration.

-Describe the requirements physicians follow to become licensed and ways they may lose their license.

-Identify four types of business arrangements appropriate to a physician's office.

-Describe each of the three branches of government set forth by the United States Constitution.

-Identify four administrative agencies that enforce regulations applicable to the medical office employee.

-Discuss the contractual rights and responsibilities of both physicians and patients.

-Relate how the law of agency and the doctrine of respondeat superior apply to the medical assistant in forming contracts.

-Identify the areas of general liability a physician/employer is responsible for.

-Discuss the defense of a professional liability suit.

-Relate how the commandments for physicians' malpractice prevention apply to medical assistants.

-Explain the importance of proper documentation in medical records and the necessary entries in a medical record for legal protection.

-Describe the purpose of obtaining the patient's consent for release of medical information.

-State the vital events for which statistics are collected by the government and discuss specifically the federal drug regulations.

-Explain the purpose of the public health statutes.

-Discuss the federal laws that protect employees with an emphasis on sexual discrimination.

-Identify the standards mandated by OSHA and the CDC.

-Discuss the history of medical ethics and explain why bioethical issues need to be addressed in a Code of Ethics.

-Explain ethical responsibilities dealing with various communication media and confidentiality.

-Demonstrate knowledge of ethical guidelines concerning medical records and acceptable fees.

Medical Assistant Standards (CTTC)

Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)

Medical Assistant Standards (CTTC)

-- aligns with AMT Registered Medical Assistant

Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
Flight, MR, Law, Liability and Ethics for the Medical Office Practice, 4th Edition, (2004), Delmar ISBN: 1401840345

Krager, D and Krager, C, HIPAA for the Medical Office Manager, (2005) Delamar, ISBN: 1401865747

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