Chapter 3 Legal and Ethical Issues in Medical Practice, Including HIPPA
Chapter 15 Health Insurance Billing Procedures
February 19th, 2013
A. Medical law plays an important role in the medical facility procedures and the way we care for patients.
B. There are two main reasons for medical professionals to study law and ethics.
The first is to help you function at the highest professional level by providing competent, compassionate health care to patients.
The second is to help you avoid legal problems that can threaten your ability to earn a living.
II- Medical Law and Ethics A. A law is defined as a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority.
B. Ethics is considered a standard of behavior and concept of right and wrong beyond what the legal consideration is in any given situation.
Moral values serve as a basis for ethical conduct. Moral values are formed through the influence of the family, culture, and society.
III- The Patient-Physician Contract
A. A physician has the right, after forming a contact or agreement to accept a patient under his or her care, to make reasonable limitations on the contractual relationship.
B. The physician is under no legal obligations to treat patients who may wish to exceed those limitations.
Physicians has the right to, set up a practice within the boundaries of his or her license to practice medicine. Set up an office where he or she chooses and to establish office hours. Specialize, decide which services he or she will provide and how those services will be provided.
IV- Special Circumstances for Physicians Practices
A. Distressful economic circumstances may happen when a medical practice has to terminate and close its services to its patients.
B. It is necessary the medical staff and all physicians,