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Law & Ethics for Health Professions
Law & Ethics for Health Professions

Law & Ethics for Health Professions

ISBN10: 1264902832 | ISBN13: 9781264902835
By Karen Judson, Tammy Albright and Carlene Harrison

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Law and Ethics: For Health Professions explains how to navigate the numerous legal and ethical issues that health care professionals face every day. Topics are based upon real-world scenarios and dilemmas from a variety of health care practitioners. 

Chapter 1 Introduction to Law and Ethics
1.1 Why Study Law and Ethics?
1.2 Comparing Aspects of Law and Ethics
1.3 Qualities of Successful Health Care Practitioners
Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Review

Chapter 2 Making Ethical Decisions 
2.1 Value Development Theories 
2.2 Value Choices Theories 
2.3 Principles of Health Care Ethics 
Chapter Summary 
Chapter 2 Review

Chapter 3 Working in Health Care
3.1 Licensure, Certification, Registration, and Scope of Practice
3.2 Accreditation
3.3 Practice Acts and Professional Boards
3.4 Business Aspects of Health Care
3.5 Managed Care Organizations
Chapter Summary
Chapter 3 Review

Chapter 4 Law, the Courts, and Contracts
4.1 The Basis of and Primary Sources of Law
4.2 Classifications of Law
4.3 Tort Liability
4.4 Contracts
4.5 Physicians’ and Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter Summary
Chapter 4 Review

Chapter 5 Professional Liability
5.1 Liability
5.2 Standard of Care and Duty of Care
5.3 The Tort of Negligence
5.4 Elements of a Lawsuit
5.5 Alternative Dispute Resolution
5.6 Informed Consent
Chapter Summary
Chapter 5 Review

Chapter 6 Defenses to Liability Suits
6.1 Preventing Liability Suits
6.2 Types of Defenses
6.3 Risk Management
6.4 Professional Liability Insurance
Chapter Summary
Chapter 6 Review

Chapter 7 Medical Records and Health Information Technology
7.1 Medical Records
7.2 Medical Records Ownership, Retention, Storage, and Destruction
7.3 Records Release
7.4 Health Information Technology (HIT)
7.5 Social Media in Health Care
7.6 Telemedicine
Chapter Summary
Chapter 7 Review

Chapter 8 Privacy, Security, and Fraud
8.1 The U.S. Constitution and Federal Privacy Laws
8.2 Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privileged Communication
8.3 HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules
8.4 Controlling Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Chapter Summary
Chapter 8 Review

Chapter 9 Public Health Responsibilities of Health Care Practitioners
9.1 Vital Statistics
9.2 Public Health Functions
9.3 Reportable Diseases and Injuries
9.4 Drug Regulations
Chapter Summary
Chapter 9 Review

Chapter 10 Workplace Legalities
10.1 Basic Employment Law
10.2 OSHA’s Workplace Priorities
10.3 OSHA, CDC, and CLIA Guidelines and Regulations
10.4 Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance
10.5 Hiring and the New Employee
Chapter Summary
Chapter 10 Review

Chapter 11The Beginning of Life and Childhood
11.1 Family History as a Predictor
11.2 DNA Testing
11.3 Genetic Engineering
11.4 Conception and the Beginning of Life
11.5 Rights of Children
Chapter Summary
Chapter 11 Review 

Chapter 12 Death and Dying
12.1 Attitudes toward Death and the Determination of Death
12.2 Legal Documents for Patients with Terminal Illness
12.3 Health Care Services for Patients with Terminal Illness
12.4 The Right to Die Movement
12.5 The National Organ Transplant Act
12.6 The Grieving Process
Chapter Summary
Chapter 12 Review

Chapter 13 Stakeholders, Costs, and Patients’ Rights
13.1 The Stakeholders
13.2 Cost of Health Care
13.3 Access and Quality
13.4 Paying for Health Care
13.5 Patients’ Bill of Rights
Chapter Summary
Chapter 13 Review


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About the Author

Karen Judson

Karen Judson, BS
Karen Judson taught biology laboratories at Black Hills University in Spearfish, South
Dakota; high school sciences in Idaho; and grades one and three in Washington state. She is
also a former laboratory and X-ray technician and completed two years of nurse’s training
while completing a degree in biology.
Judson has worked as a science writer since 1983. She has written relationship, family, and
psychology articles for a variety of magazines, including a series of high school classroom
magazines, making a total of 500 articles published. Judson writes science and relationship
books for teenagers (Enslow and Marshall Cavendish publishers). Her book for teens, Sports &
Money: It’s a Sell Out, made the New York City Public Library’s list of best books for teens in
1995. Her book for teens, Genetic Engineering, was chosen by the National Science Teachers’
Association as one of the best science books for children in 2001 and was featured on the
NSTA Web site.

Tammy Albright

Tammy Albright has been an Associate Professor in the Medical Assisting Department in Raleigh, North Carolina for the last 17 years. She has taught classes in Medical Law and Ethics, Administrative Office, Exam Room Procedures, Diet Therapy/Nutrition, Drug Therapy, and Infection/Hazard Control. Before becoming a professor, Albright worked as a full time Medical Assistant for 7 years. She has experience in Internal Medicine and Urgent Care. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Carlene Harrison

Carlene Harrison, EdD, CMA (AAMA)
Carlene Harrison is Dean of the School of Allied Health at Hodges University and is also
Program Director for the Master of Health Services Administration and Graduate Certificate
in Health Informatics. She has been a member of the faculty at Hodges University since 1992,
but came on board full time in 2000, serving first as Chair of the Medical Assisting Program.
As Dean of the School of Allied Health, she has overall responsibility for the following
degree programs: Health Services Administration, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Assisting,
Health Information Management, and Physical Therapist Assistant. Her doctorate is from
Argosy University. Her dissertation research looked at improvement in critical thinking in
adult learners.
Before becoming a full-time educator, Dr. Harrison worked for over 20 years in the health
care field as an administrator. Employed mostly in the outpatient setting, she has worked in
the for-profit, not-for-profit, and public health sectors.


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