MEDA205 Medical Law and Ethics
Department of Professional Studies: Medical Assisting
- I. Course Number and Title
- MEDA205 Medical Law and Ethics
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course is an introduction to the concepts of medical law and ethics for health care practitioners. Topics including criminal and civil acts, contracts, negligence, and ethical concepts as they relate to the medical profession. Managed care, HIPAA, and other health care legislative rulings are discussed.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of legal issues dealing with the law, intentional and quasi-intentional torts, professional liability insurance, informed consent issues, and documentation;
- demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in health occupations;
- demonstrate an understanding of common areas of liability and litigation that include administrative and medical records, laboratory, medical equipment, patient care, and conflict management; and
- demonstrate an understanding of managed care and HIPAA regulation in the medical office.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- legal issues with law
- intentional and quasi-intentional torts
- professional liability insurance
- informed consent issues
- documentation and the allied health professional
- legal and ethical issues affecting educators and students
- ethical issues in health occupations
- administrative and medical record liability and litigation
- clinical laboratory liability
- medical equipment liability and litigation
- patient care liability and litigation
- conflict management and the healthcare provider
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance-based tasks and projects.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 2/99; Revised 12/2009; New Core 8/2015