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.
A patient coming into a clinic to see the doctor for the first time expects the person at the desk to understand that they are there for a reason, their needs are addresssed in a professional manner. We have established rules or guidelines in how a patient coming into a hospital for treatment receives personal care and how a patient’s information is disclosed to others. HIPAA, Health Insurance Portablility and Accountablilty Act was created to insure that a patients rights to privacy are carried out. All employees and employers of clinics and hospitals are mandated to receive training on the rules of a patients privacy and security. A patient entering the hospital or clinic is expected to sign a release of information allowing the clinic or hospital the right to disclose the patients history to the patient, other doctors or other outside
The first step would be to employ provider relations representatives. In most plans, there are people who are fully responsible for maintaining communications with the physicians and their office staff. Their job includes obtaining feedback from the physicians and office staff, updating them on changes, troubleshooting, maintaining and managing the contracts and other required documents, and to keep things running properly. This function is extremely important and the provider relations staff must be experienced. It is important for them to represent the physician’s point of view to plan management, but they should not side against the health plan unless they are truly at fault.
("United States Department of Health and Human Services | HHS.gov," n.d.) Most of all this rule absolutely protects patient’s rights when it comes to the privacy and confidentiality of their health information. The regulations of HIPAA require all healthcare professionals and healthcare providers to input and follow certain procedures to ensure the security and confidentiality of patient’s health information when it is being transferred, received or shared. Patient’s Rights Patients have rights when it comes to their health information. They have the right to access, inspect, and obtain a copy of their health record, whether it’s on paper or electronic. ("Health Information Privacy," n.d.) When a patient enters a healthcare facility they have the right to be notified of the privacy practices within the healthcare facility.
Responding to the Public Alternative Assignment Charles M. Griggs Jr. University of Phoenix HCS 539 Martha Owen January 29, 2012 Responding to the Public Alternative Assignment Employees of Hospitals and Medical Centers periodically make medical mistakes during surgeries, and other treatment procedures. A California woman by the named Ana Jimenez-Salgado sued LAC & USC medical center of Los Angeles for performing a double mastectomy based on an incorrect pathology report. Surgeons removed Ana Salgado’s breasts after a pathologist claimed he discovered cancerous cells in her breasts during a biopsy that occurred August 8, 2007. Ana Jimenez underwent reconstructive breast surgery, however; “the hospital’s pathologists examined the issue and concluded she never had breast cancer” (Associated Press, 2010, p. 1). Jimenez-Salgado
In the article selected, Couple Wins Suit, Doc Didn't Suggest Aborting Baby With Down Syndrome, the author, Rebecca Taylor, discusses a court case in Oregon in which Ariel and Deborah Levy filed a lawsuit against their doctor for failing to let them know that their daughter would be born with Down Syndrome. Taylor's subjectivity comes through in almost every word in type. Carefully chosen phrases such as "$2.9 million for saying you would have killed your child" (Taylor, 2012) leave no room for mistaking the authors opinions. Taylor communicates disdain for the subjects of her article in many ways. It is apparent what her personal beliefs are, even though they are never stated.
The parent of the child should always be present should anything happen and the parent needs to be contacted. The parent must take some of the blame in not calling the hospital once she was told the procedure would be only 45 minutes. She was gone for 2 ½ hours before she returned back to the hospital. The Doctor-Dr. Munoz stated that he has all the pertinent patient information but did not make sure that his office had communicated this information to the hospital admissions staff The Pre-OP Nurse-Ms. Doppke failed to properly document the mother’s cell phone number in the patient’s medical chart. Therefore, during the post-op care, the mother could have been reached and notified the procedure was finished.
Becoming a CNA was easy for Daphne, but the career had its disadvantages. When after one year as a CNA, in a nursing home, she was accused of an act she did not commit. With an abuse offense behind her license, she was terminated and had to find another job. Always being written up for the negative things that take place on the job is another obstacle Daphne faced. Daphne had been written up and reported several times for having to leave the job to get to her kids for whatever reasons.
The Code articulates the enduring values of medicine as a profession. As a statement of values to which physicians commit themselves individually and collectively, the code is a touchstone for medicine as a professional community. It defines medicine's integrity and the source if of the profession's authority to self- regulate. The code of Medical Ethics is a living document, evolving as changes in medicine and the delivery of health care raise new questions about how the profession's core values apply in physicians' day to day practice,. The Code links theory and practice, ethical principles and real world dilemmas in the care of patients.