Promoting Legal & Ethical Awareness: Module 1

Promoting Legal & Ethical Awareness: Module 1
Promoting Legal & Ethical Awareness: Module 1
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This course is offered in cooperation with Elsevier Science and utilizes the softback textbook, “Promoting Legal and Ethical Awareness: A Primer for Health Professionals and Patients”, by Ron Scott, c2009.

Covering the legal and ethical issues involved with patient care, this book provides you with a framework for making important health-related decisions on patient care. It includes the latest information on HIPAA, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the No Child Left Behind Act. It also discusses methods of alternative dispute resolution and makes recommendations for improving attorney-health professional-client relations.

Module 1 covers legal and ethical foundations and the law of health care malpractice. Topics include: the nature of the American legal system, jurisdiction, criminal and civil law defined and distinguished, the litigation process, bases for moral conduct, enforcement of ethics codes, professional codes of ethics, legal bases for imposing liability for patient injury and internal and external factors increasing health care professionals’ malpractice liability exposure.

Module 2 covers intentional wrongs and ethical and legal issues in employment. Topics include: intentional torts (assault, battery, fraud, etc), criminal law, ethical and legal issues in workplace sexual harassment and human resource management issues.

Module 3 covers business law and ethics, legal and ethical issues in education and a focus on professional ethics. Topics include: business torts, antitrust and administrative law, contracts, Good Samaritan laws, liability risk management for clinical instructors and affiliation sites, life and death decision making, nondiscrimination in health care delivery, gifts, and more.

Course Length: 4.0 contact hours

Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This package includes the reading and testing materials for Module 1 only.

Promoting Legal & Ethical Awareness: Module 1

Goals and Objectives:

Course Goals:

The goal is this course is to educate the student, through self-paced study, on intentional wrongs for the health care delivery system including intentional torts and criminal law, and ethical and legal issues in employment.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify key differences between the criminal and civil law systems.

2. Identify the 4 main sources of law and legal obligation.

3. Identify 4 federal administrative agencies having broad power over the business affairs of health care professionals.

4. Identify the differences of standards of proof in criminal and civil cases.

5. Identify the components of the concept of “res ipsa loquitur”

6. Identify components of the first and second waves of tort reform and their outcomes.

7. Identify the difference between morals and ethics.

8. Identify how health care professional ethical standards differ from general business ethical standards.

9. Identify the 4 coprimary purposes of heath care professional codes of ethics.

10. Identify complications with situational ethics.

11. Identify the 4 foundational biomedical ethical principles in caring for patients.

12. Identify 3 fault-based bases for health care malpractice liability.

13. Identify 4 required elements of proof in a professional negligence lawsuit.

14. Identify 2 basic requirements that must be met to be legally competent to testify as an expert

15. Identify the different categories of damages that can be awarded in a lawsuit.

16. Identify the key components to statutes of limitations

17. Identify the purposes for the creation of the National Practitioner Data Bank

18. Identify 10 purposes of patient care documentation.

19. Identify 10 practices when preparing documenting a patient’s record to help avoid legal dilemmas

20. Identify the term spoiliation

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