Medical Law and Ethics / Edition 3

Medical Law and Ethics / Edition 3

by Bonnie F. Fremgen
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Prentice Hall
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Medical Law and Ethics / Edition 3

This bestseller presents a wealth of timely information on the legal and ethical principles in healthcare. Noted for its straightforward style in which it acquaints readers with essential information, the book examines topics such as the patient/physician relationship, professional liability, medical malpractice prevention, the medical record, confidentiality, bioethical issues, and HIPAA. Completely revised in a new 3rd edition, this overview of medical law and ethics is written in straightforward language for non-lawyer healthcare professionals. It is designed to help them better understand their ethical obligation to themselves, their patients, and their employer. Features of the new edition include: full-color images illustrate concepts and provide a dynamic reader experience; integrated case studies illustrate real-world examples of legal issues and principles in actual medical settings; and actual legal citations are highlighted throughout the text to assist with in-depth research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780135129043
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 01/11/2008
Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Letter to the Student     xiii
How to Interpret Case Citations     xv
About the Author     xvii
Reviewers     xix
Introduction to Medical Law, Ethics, and Bioethics     1
Why Study Law, Ethics, and Bioethics?     3
Medical Law     6
Ethics     8
Models for Examining Ethical Dilemmas     15
What Ethics Is Not     17
Bioethics     18
The Role of Ethics Committees     19
Quality Assurance Programs     19
Medical Etiquette     20
The Legal Environment     25
The Legal System     25
The Legal System     27
Sources of Law     28
Classification of Laws     32
The Court Systems     40
The Trial Process     41
Importance of the Legal System for the Physician     49
Medical Practice Acts     51
Licensure of the Physician     52
Licensure and Certification of Allied Health Professionals     53
Standard of Care     55
Confidentiality     56
Statute of Limitations     57
Good SamaritanLaws     58
Respondeat Superior     58
Risk Management     62
Medical Practice and Allied Health Professionals     67
Today's Healthcare Environment     69
Types of Medical Practice     73
The Ethics of Fee Splitting     77
Medical Specialty Boards     77
Allied Health Professionals     80
The Healthcare Environment     87
The Physician-Patient Relationship     87
Physician's Rights     89
Physician's Responsibilities     90
Professional Practice Responsibilities     91
Patients' Rights     100
Rights of Minors     106
Patients' Responsibilities     107
Role of the Healthcare Consumer     111
Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice     117
Professional Negligence and Medical Malpractice     120
The Tort of Negligence     121
Fraud     125
Office of Inspector General     126
Defense to Malpractice Suits     128
Professional Liability     130
Alternative Dispute Resolution     135
Liability of Other Health Professionals     136
Role of the Supervisor     139
Working in High-Risk Areas     140
Malpractice Prevention     141
Public Duties of the Physician     149
Public Health Records and Vital Statistics     151
Controlled Substances Act and Regulations     162
Protection for the Employee and the Environment     164
Workplace Law and Ethics     171
Professionalism in the Workplace     173
Discrimination in the Workplace     173
Privacy and the Workplace     174
Cultural Considerations     174
Religions Considerations     176
Effective Hiring Practices     178
Legal and Illegal Interview Questions     179
Federal Regulations Affecting the Medical Professional     179
Equal Employment Opportunity and Employment Discrimination     181
Employee Health and Safety     186
Compensation and Benefits Regulations     189
Consumer Protection and Collection Practices     192
Antitrust Laws     195
Federal Labor Law     196
The Medical Record     201
Purpose of the Medical Record     203
Contents of the Medical Record     204
Confidentiality and the Medical Record     210
Ownership     211
Retention and Storage of Medical Records     212
Reporting and Disclosure Requirements     215
Use of the Medical Record in Court     215
Confidentiality in Medical Practice     221
Confidentiality     213
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996     226
Ethical Concerns with Information Technology (Informatics)     237
Medical Ethics     243
Ethical and Bioethical Issues in Medicine     243
Early History     245
Ethical Standards and Behavior     246
Codes of Ethics     247
Codes of Ethics for Other Medical Professionals     248
Bioethical Issues     250
Ethical Issues and Personal Choice     254
The Ethics of Biomedical Research     255
Human Genome Project     258
Genetic Engineering     259
Healthcare Reform     262
Ethical Issues Relating to Life     269
Fetal Development     271
Assisted or Artificial Conception     272
Contraception     276
Sterilization     277
Abortion     280
Genetic Counseling and Testing     286
Wrongful-Life Suits     290
Death and Dying     297
The Dying Process     299
Legal Definition of Death     299
Stages of Dying     309
Quality-of-Life Issues     309
Use of Medications     310
Hospice Care     311
Palliative Care     311
Viatical Settlements     312
Advance Directives     313
Choices in Life and Death     314
Codes of Ethics     321
Healthcare Regulatory Credentialing Agencies     329
Healthcare Websites     331
Case Citations     335
Glossary     339
Index     347

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