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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is the ultimate guide for anyone in healthcare who has ever faced or is concerned about the medical-legal aspects of their practice. This is a comprehensive, easy-to-read book that examines the major legal issues inherent in clinical practice.
Purpose: This is a definitive, quick reference for time-constrained healthcare professionals. The book is designed to provide solid advice and reference in times of legal crisis as well as a foundation of legal knowledge. Considering how litigious our society is, this book is certainly needed.
Audience: Everyone in healthcare must read this book, not only for themselves but for their patients. The author is brilliant and presents the material in a friendly, trustworthy manner.
Features: The book is a crash course in field of law, explaining how each of the courts at the state and federal level work and the difference between civil and criminal cases. The author is a strong proponent of prevention and good documentation, and he emphasizes this throughout every chapter. He devotes an entire chapter to selecting the right attorney, what questions to ask, what the attorney should and should not do, and warning signs. Documentation is covered thoroughly, and discussions of the recognition of legal emergencies, 10 patients and families to watch out for, and following the lawyer's advice are true takeaways. Many clinicians will appreciate the discussions on conflicts with superiors and colleagues and employment emergencies. What distinguishes this book from others is the coverage of not only healthcare law but also non-healthcare related civil law, including small claims court, domestic relations law, domestic violence, and property damage. The six appendixes outline such areas as preparing notes in anticipation of litigation for an attorney, witness lists, and letters to collectors.
Assessment: All healthcare professionals must keep a copy of this book in their office. Highly recommended.