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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of legal issues dealing with the law, intentional and quasi-intentional torts, professional liability insurance, informed consent issues, and documentation;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in health occupations;
    3. 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
    4. demonstrate an understanding of managed care and HIPAA regulation in the medical office.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. legal issues with law
    2. intentional and quasi-intentional torts
    3. professional liability insurance
    4. informed consent issues
    5. documentation and the allied health professional
    6. legal and ethical issues affecting educators and students
    7. ethical issues in health occupations
    8. administrative and medical record liability and litigation
    9. clinical laboratory liability
    10. medical equipment liability and litigation
    11. patient care liability and litigation
    12. conflict management and the healthcare provider
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance-based tasks and projects.
  4. 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