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Praise for the Third Edition

"Having taught health care law for years, Pozgar is rightfully considered among the finest authors within this ever changing discipline, by both professors and students. The 3rd Edition continues his tradition of presenting lucid comprehensible material in a manner which enhances learning of legal and ethical topics. I commend his works unreservedly."
~ Arthur Reynolds, MA, MHA, JD, Professor, Health Care Management, University of Maryland University College Graduate School

Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals, Third Edition is a concise and practical guide to legal and ethical dilemmas facing healthcare professionals in the real-world today. Thoroughly updated and featuring new case studies, this dynamic text will help students to better understand the issues they will face on the job and the implications in the legal arena. With contemporary topics, real-world examples, and accessible language, this comprehensive text offers students an applied perspective and the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills. Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals provides an effective transition from the classroom to the reality of a clinical environment.

Each new textbook includes an online access code for a Companion Website with helpful student resources. Access to the Companion Website may be purchased separately.

This title is also available as an ebook on VitalSource.

Student Companion Website Includes:

Crossword Puzzles
Interactive Glossary
Matching Exercises
Review Questions
Web Links

Forthcoming Instructor Resources

Instructor's Manual, including a Sample Syllabus
PowerPoint Presentations
Formatted Test Bank

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Content and Data Updated and Revised Throughout
Numerous New: Quotes, Newspaper Articles, People Stories, Reality Checks, and Legal Case Studies
Chapter 1 – New: Expanded discussion of Ethics, Virtues and Values
Chapter 7 – New Topics:
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Democracy for the Wealthy: Fairness and Justice Illusive
Ethics in Public Service
CMS Non-Payment For Performance of Wrong Procedures
Chapter 8 – New Topic: Accreditation of Hospitals and Conflicts of Interest
Chapter 9 – New Additions:
New Section: Social Workers
New Abstract: Incidence and Recognition of Malnutrition in Hospital
Chapter 15 – An Entirely New Summary Case chapter, which offers a realistic and comprehensive synthesis and application of the text's principles
New Appendix on utilizing Internet Resources and finding up-to-date information

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Tyler S Gibb, J.D.(Saint Louis University)
Description: This is the third edition of a unique hybrid between a textbook and a handbook that provides a background in ethics concepts and discussions of common ethical dilemmas and conflicts in the healthcare setting for healthcare administrators and providers.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with a clear understanding of both laws and ethics as they apply in the healthcare setting. The book is intended to be both a source of information, like a standard textbook, as well as to be studied and referenced, like a handbook. Helpfully, by including real-world examples in this edition, the author seeks to move readers out of the classroom and into the work environment.
Audience: The author gears the book for healthcare professionals, providers, and administrators. Because the author is neither a physician nor an attorney, two advisors are listed as consultants, adding a level of authority to the book's complex legal and medical discussions.
Features: The book begins with an overview of basic concepts in moral philosophy, and then covers specific issues such as advanced directives and futility, U.S. law generally, health law in particular, and legal aspects of ethics committees, organizations, and other regulatory aspects of the healthcare industry. In its attempt to straddle the line between specificity and generality, the book falls a bit short of both. For example, more than two pages are devoted to respondeat superior, a technical legal doctrine, but there is no mention of the Terri Schiavo case.
Assessment: In providing examples and background for many of the common ethical and legal dilemmas that arise in U.S. healthcare, this book is very useful for healthcare practitioners and administrators. However, it seems to attempt too much, and students of ethics or health law may find it overly simplistic or incomplete — important cases are overlooked, key ethical concepts are glossed over or overly simplified, and specific, narrow topics receive a disproportionate amount of real estate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449647759
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/22/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 562

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