The routine practice of physician-assisted suicide raises serious ethical and other concerns (Snyder, 2004). According to ACP-ASIM, legalization of physician assisted suicide would undermine the patient–physician relationship and the trust necessary to sustain it. It would alter the medical profession's role in society and endanger the value our society places on life; especially on the lives of disabled, incompetent, and vulnerable individuals. The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history. Its principles are held sacred by doctors, “Treat the sick to the best of one's ability, preserve patient privacy, and teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation” (Hippocratic Oath, n.d.).
Sometimes, for medical employees, it is hard to maintain confidentiality when family members want to know about their loved ones. They can be awful demanding and hurtful when their heart is breaking over a seriously ill family member. But we must remember our duty is to the patient and what we can do is refer that mother, father, brother, sister, wife or husband to someone better equipped to deal with them. I read a statement once by the American Medical Association that states that no physician or medical staff should reveal any confidential communication or information without the express written consent of the patient unless required by law. To me that is pretty cut and dry….Glenn’s lips are sealed.
Neglecting the safety and infection control can cause major problems in a healthcare facility so it is key that you go about the proper procedures and routine to keep everything safe and clean. Negligence is very important in the health field. As written many things can go wrong if negligence is not stressed and that is when professional liability falls into place. The phlebotomist has a professional liability, as do all other healthcare professionals. Professional liability is being legally responsible for actions, and ensuring "the standard of care" is followed (Finnegan, 2013).
An open panel HMO is a managed care plan that contracts (either directly or indirectly) with private physicians to deliver care in their own offices. Examples would include a direct contract HMO and an IPA. The principle control elements in an open-panel HMO are the use of the primary care physician “gatekeeper”, the lack of benefits if the member receives services from nonparticipating providers (other than for emergencies), and a much more aggressive utilization management system (Kongstvedt, 2007). The professional relationship with the physicians in the network is very important in managed care. The flood of managed care plans, together with increasing interventions by third-party payers’ has limited providers’ ability to cost shift to
There are so many things that the Medical Law and Ethics course has covered that pertains to the healthcare field. This includes situations that have to do with patients, healthcare workers, laws & procedures, and patient confidentiality, which I will now tell about briefly. The Medical Law and Ethics course has covered many situations pertaining to the relationships between healthcare workers and patients. Healthcare workers must make sure that a patient understands any procedures that they may be given, and they must have the patient’s consent to give the procedure. If the consent is not given by a patient the practice, physician, or the healthcare worker can be held liable in a lawsuit.
Next will be the discussion regarding the responsibilities of administrators and how to address employee problems. Finally, the essay will end on possible resolutions to confidentiality problems to limit future issues. Affected Population While exploring the concept of patient confidentiality, there are many individuals who are affected all across the country, particularly anyone in the health care field. The most notable are patients but physicians and health care employees run a close second mainly because they are handling patient files. Patient confidentiality includes any information such as test results, treatments, diagnoses, and personal information like name, age, and SS#s.
Management and certain workers should acquire education on drug seeking behavior among patients and workers (Harldorsson 2007). Clinicians need to be taught about the regulations concerning control use of substances and the ethical rules and regulations that follow them. It is essential for doctors to understand their moral duty to their patients and to their employers. Cases concerning ethical violation tend to destroy the reputation of the employers (hospitals), ruining the name of the hospital. It is the work of the health practitioner to acquire knowledge on how to help a patient who gets control drugs from online pharmacies.
ETHICS CASE STUDY BRANDI M C UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX In healthcare many things go off of ethics, every healthcare worker has to understand that. In this case study Jerry Mccall has to decide whether to call in a medication refill without consulting the doctor first. Many things need to be considered like legal consequences, patient complications, consequences for Dr. Williams. All of these could have grave consequences for Jerry. In this case study Jerry Mccall takes a call asking for a prescription refill, the person requesting the refill isn’t a normal patient of Dr. Williams he states he is a close friend.
HIPAA PRIVACY RULE ASSIGNMENT HCA322: HEALTH CARE ETHICS AND MEDICAL LAW In health care, physicians and team members must comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule when dealing with a patient. If the HIPAA Privacy Rule is somehow breached, a physician or a health care team member can be penalized. In certain situations, the penalty can be severe and the team member involved can lose their license. On top of losing a medical license, a hospital can also be fined and lose their business. This paper will help to analyze exactly what the HIPAA Privacy Rule means and what the consequences are if it is breached.
Policies are arising in several directions to prevent the intentional, or unintentional, slip of information. Each facility should adapt their own personal rules and regulations regarding the issue of social media and patient privacy. In a law suit regarding a potential violation of the HIPAA, The General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization Inc. agreed to a substantial fine to the U.S. government (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). This type of fine sets the example that a violation of patient’s privacy and rights is strictly prohibited. Within social media, a disgruntled employee may also use the sites to damage confidential information regarding a patient.