Law & Ethics for Health Professions 9 9781260021943 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. Through the presentation of Learning Outcomes, Key Terms, From the Perspective of …, Ethics Issues, Chapter Reviews, Case Studies, Internet Activities, Court Cases, and Videos, students learn about current legal and ethical problems and situations. In the ninth edition, material has been revised to reflect the current health care environment. As students progress through the text, they will get the opportunity to use critical thinking skills to learn how to resolve real-life situations and theoretical scenarios and to decide how legal and ethical issues are relevant to the health care profession in which they will practice.
Law & Ethics for Health Professions

Law & Ethics for Health Professions

9th Edition
By Karen Judson and Carlene Harrison
ISBN10: 1260021947
ISBN13: 9781260021943
Copyright: 2021
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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 Review 

Chapter 2 Making Ethical Decisions 

2.1 Value Development Theories 

2.2 Value Choices Theories 

2.3 Principles of Health Care Ethics 

Chapter 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 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 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 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 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

7.6 Telemedicine 

Chapter Review 

Chapter 8 Privacy, Security, and Fraud 

8.1 The U.S. Constitution and Federal Privacy Laws 

8.2 Privacy and Confidentiality 

8.3 HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules 

8.4 Controlling Health Care Fraud and Abuse 

Chapter 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 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 Review 

Chapter 11 The 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 Review 

Chapter 12 Death and Dying 

12.1 Attitudes toward Death and the Determination of Death 

12.2 Legal Documents for Terminally Ill Patients 

12.3 Health Care Services for Terminally Ill Patients 

12.4 The Right to Die Movement 

12.5 The National Organ Transplant Act 

12.6 The Grieving Process 

Chapter 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 Review 

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.

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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