MED 140 : MEDICAL, ETHICAL, LEGAL COMMUNICATION
This course teaches medical assisting students how to incorporate cognitive knowledge in the performance of psychomotor and affective domains in their practice as medical assistants, and in providing patient care in accordance with regulations, policies, laws, and patient rights. Students will be instructed in the legal implications and ethical considerations of the medical assisting profession. NOTE: Students need to have entry codes to register.
- Discuss the legal scope of practice for medical assistants, explore issues of confidentiality as it applies to the medical assistant, and describe the implications of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) for the medical assistant in various medical settings.
- Summarize the Patient Bill of Rights, discuss licensure and certification as it applies to healthcare providers, and describe liability, professional, personal injury, and third party insurance.
- Compare and contrast physician and medical assistant roles in terms of standard of care, compare criminal and civil law as it applies to the practicing medical assistant, and provide an example of tort law as it would apply to a medical assistant.
- Explain how the following impact the medical assistant's practice and give examples: negligence, malpractice, Statute of Limitations, Good Samaritan Act(s), Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, Living Will/Advanced Directives, medical durable power of attorney.
- Identify how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the medical assisting profession, list and discuss illegal and legal interview questions, describe the process to follow if an error is made in patient care, and discuss all levels of governmental legislation and regulation as they apply to medical assisting practice, including FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) regulations.
- Respond to issues of confidentiality, perform scope of practice, apply HIPAA rules in regard to privacy/release of information, practice within the standard of care for a medical assistant, and incorporate the Patient's Bill of Rights into personal practice and medical office policies and procedures.
- Complete and incident report, document accurately in the patient record, and apply local, state and federal health care legislation and regulation appropriate to the medical assisting practice setting while differentiating between legal, ethical, and moral issues affecting healthcare.
- Compare personal, professional, and organizational ethics, discuss the role of cultural, social and ethnic diversity in ethical performance of medical assisting practice, identify where to report illegal and/or unsafe activities and behaviors that affect health, safety, and welfare of others, and identify the effect personal ethics may have on professional performance.
- Report illegal and/or unsafe activities and behaviors that affect health, safety and welfare of others to proper authorities, develop a plan for separation of personal and professional ethics, and apply ethical behaviors, including honesty/integrity in performance of medical assisting practice.
- Examine the impact personal ethics and morals may have on the individual's practice and demonstrate awareness of diversity in providing patient care.
At a Glance
Program: Medical Assisting