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Course Name
Essential Legal and Ethical Principles of the Medical Office

Contact Hours: 60

Course Description
This course introduces the basic concept of medical assisting and its relationship to the other health fields. It emphasizes medical ethics, legal aspects of medicine, and the medical assistant's role as an agent of the physician.The course also provides the student with knowledge of medical jurisprudence and the essentials of professional behavior. Topics include: introduction to medical assisting; introduction to medical law; physician/patient/assistant relationship; medical office in litigation; as well as ethics, bioethical issues and HIPAA.

This program provides an overview of the laws and ethics to help the student give competent, compassionate care to patients that is also within acceptable legal and ethical boundaries. This course will also serve as a guide to help you resolve the many legal and ethical questions you may reasonably expect to face as a health care practitioner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Legal Aspects of the Medical office

Q: How long will it take me to complete this course?
A: The course is designed to run over a 10-week time frame. Depending on the amount of time devoted to the course, the course can be finished within a 5-week period. However, the course must be finished within 10 weeks from being enrolled.

Q: Are there any required books for the course?
A: Yes. Judson and Hicks, Law and Ethics, 5th Edition, 2010, Glencoe McGraw-Hill Publishers. ISBN 978-0-07-340206-2.

Q: How do I complete my assignments and tests?
A: Upon completion of enrollment you will receive email contact from the course instructor, usually within 12-24 hours.

Q:What will I learn from this course? How will I help my medical career?
A: You will be able to follow and learn the Introduction to Medical Law as well as physician /patient/assistant relationships. You will also learn about Litigation in the Medical Office, Ethics, Bioethical Issues, State Law and HIPPA.

Required Book


Outcome
The learning outcomes are as follows:
  • Understand the basic concept of medical assisting and its relationship to the other health fields.
  • Understand medical ethics, legal aspects of medicine, and the medical assistant's role as an agent of the physician.
  • Gain a new knowledge of medical jurisprudence and the essentials of professional behavior.
  • Provide competent, compassionate care to patients that is within acceptable legal and ethical boundaries.
  • Have the ability to resolve legal and ethical questions in the medical office.

Assessment
Tests will be graded on a 100% accuracy rate with 70% required for passing.


Outline

Part 1 The Foundations of Law and Ethics
  • Introduction to Law and Ethics
  • Working in Health Care
  • Law, the Courts, and Contracts
Part 2 Legal Issues for Working Health Care Practitioners
  • Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice
  • Defenses to Liability Suits
  • Medical Records and Informed Consent
  • Privacy Law and HIPAA
Part 3 Professional, Social, and Interpersonal Health Care Issues
  • Physicians' Public Duties and Responsibilities
  • Workplace Legalities
  • The Beginning of Life and Childhood
  • Death and Dying
  • Ethics for Health Care Practitioners