Medical Law and Ethics

This course introduces students to the principles, procedures, and regulations involved in legal and ethical relationships among physicians, patients, and assistants. The course includes HIPPA law interpretation and applications.  Emphasis is placed on the legal aspects of office procedures, current ethical issues, and risk management as they relate to the practice and fiduciary responsibilities. Upon completion of the subject students will be able to: 1) discuss what and to whom information about a patient may be released; 2) discuss the medical assistant's ethical obligations and restrictions; 3) explain the importance of a contract to a health care facility; and 4) list the six components of informed consent. (Lec 40 clock hrs/lab 20hrs)