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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: This is a text and reference book concerning the legal principles of health information management.
Purpose: The author saw a need, particularly in the health information education arena, for a guide to the recognition of legal problems particular to health information management. The book was written to fill that need. Primarily, it is expected to serve as a textbook in health information management and health services administration.
Audience: The audience may primarily be students in health information administration or technology programs, with other health services programs a likely second audience. The author is an attorney with undergraduate education in health information management, a unique set of skills that provides an excellent background for the author of a book like this.
Features: The book is organized into three main areas: (1) the study of law in general including the legal system, legal principles and principles of liability; (2) control and use of patient-specific health information, including confidentiality and privacy of health information; and (3) specialized areas of concern in health information such as drug abuse, mental health, and HIV-related illness treatment records.
Assessment: Instructors who teach "legal aspects of health information" or "health law" should consider this book as a text for their course. It is well written, thorough, yet easy to read. Learning objectives, key concepts, case studies and endnotes all support effective teaching. It has several excellent appendices for specialized information.