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.

Course Outcomes

  1. Differentiate between scope of practice and standards of care for medical assistants
  2. Compare and contrast provider and medical assistant roles in terms of standard of care
  3. Describe components of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  4. Summarize the Patient Bill of Rights
  5. Discuss licensure and certification as they apply to healthcare providers
  6. Compare criminal and civil law as they apply to the practicing medical assistant
  7. Define:
  8. a. negligence
  9. b. malpractice
  10. c. statute of limitations
  11. d. Good Samaritan Act(s)
  12. e. Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
  13. f. living will/advanced directives
  14. g. medical durable power of attorney
  15. h. Patient Self Determination Act (PSDA)
  16. i. risk management
  17. Describe the following types of insurance:
  18. a. liability
  19. b. professional (malpractice)
  20. c. personal injury
  21. List and discuss legal and illegal applicant interview questions
  22. Identify:
  23. a. Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
  24. b. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
  25. c. Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
  26. Describe the process in compliance reporting:
  27. a. unsafe activities
  28. b. errors in patient care
  29. c. conflicts of interest
  30. d. incident reports
  31. Describe compliance with public health statutes:
  32. a. communicable diseases
  33. b. abuse, neglect, and exploitation
  34. c. wounds of violence
  35. Define the following medical legal terms:
  36. a. informed consent
  37. b. implied consent
  38. c. expressed consent
  39. d. patient incompetence
  40. e. emancipated minor
  41. f. mature minor
  42. g. subpoena duces tecum
  43. h. respondeat superior
  44. i. res ipsa loquitor
  45. j. locum tenens
  46. k. defendant-plaintiff
  47. l. deposition
  48. m. arbitration-mediation
  49. n. Good Samaritan laws
  50. Apply HIPAA rules in regard to:
  51. a. privacy
  52. b. release of information
  53. Document patient care accurately in the medical record
  54. Apply the Patient’s Bill of Rights as it relates to:
  55. a. choice of treatment
  56. b. consent for treatment
  57. c. refusal of treatment
  58. Perform compliance reporting based on public health statutes
  59. Report an illegal activity in the healthcare setting following proper protocol
  60. Complete an incident report related to an error in patient care
  61. Demonstrate sensitivity to patient rights
  62. Protect the integrity of the medical record
  63. Define:
  64. a. ethics
  65. b. morals
  66. Differentiate between personal and professional ethics
  67. Identify the effect of personal morals on professional performance
  68. Develop a plan for separation of personal and professional ethics
  69. Demonstrate appropriate response(s) to ethical issues
  70. Recognize the impact personal ethics and morals have on the delivery of healthcare