Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Analyze the implications of law and ethics to the medical professional
in a variety of health care settings.
2. Demonstrate the ability to act responsibly as the physician's agent
with respect to legal requirements of the medical assistant in the medical
3. Define legal terminology related to medical law and ethics.
4. Analyze the Medical Practice Act and its implications for physicians
and medical assistants in medical offices and discuss the relationship of
that document to medical office practice.
5. Describe at least three circumstances that could lead to revocation of
the M.D. license.
6. State the regulations and accompanying medical assisting office
practices defined by federal, state and local regulations regarding the
A. Narcotics (Controlled Substances Act).
B. Treatment of minors.
C. Reporting of statistical and communicable disease information.
D. Collection practices.
F. Family abuse.
7. State the common reasons for lawsuits and evaluate methods and
behaviors that promote prevention.
8. Describe the medical assistant's role in obtaining informed consent
and list the components of informed consent.
9. Describe the components of a legal contract and distinguish between
expressed and implied contracts.
10. Identify situations violating confidentiality and propose solutions
for maintaining confidentiality.
11. Use problem-solving techniques to recognize and solve ethical
situations related to the medical assistant's role.
12. List at least 6 tasks the clinical medical assistant can perform under
California law and at least 3 tasks that are not allowed under California
13. Describe the required training for clinical medical assistants.
14. Define a given list of ethical terms.
15. Explain the meaning of the ethical code for medical assistants by
listing specific ethical behaviors in the medical office.
16. List at least 5 ethical issues pertaining to medical office practice
and argue the pros and cons of each.
17. List 5 ethical issues in modern medicine and discuss the pros and cons
18. State 6 patient's rights as defined by the American Hospital
19. Identify at least 10 common medical office practices that have ethical
20. Reflect a professional approach and exhibit mutual respect for other
21. Discuss personal values and their relationship to decision making in
22. State or demonstrate at least 10 principles of medical office safety.
23. Discuss environmental safety related to noise control and prevention
of common patient accidents.
1. Aspects of Medical Law
A. Legal terms
B. Sources of law
C. Law and the physician
D. Legal relationship to patient
1. standard of care
3. contract, consent
E. Legal regulations in health care
1. public records
2. general liability
F. Medical records
1. record keeping and documentation
G. Employee guidelines and legal responsibilities
H. Malpractice prevention.
2. Aspects of Medical Ethics
A. Ethical terms
B. Historical codes
C. Ethics applied to medical office practice
D. Examining values and dilemmas
E. Ethical behaviors and problems
G. Patient's Bill of Rights
H. Codes of ethics for medical professionals
3. Safety in the Office
A. Principles of safety
B. Safe practice
C. Environmental safety
D. Legal implications
1. Read an average of 30 to 50 pages per week.
2. Complete chapter study questions and exercises (20-25 per chapter).
3. Complete 1-5 case study problems per chapter.
4. Conduct Internet research on 5-10 current medical issues pertaining
to office practice in California. Compile into notebook.
5. List California regulations and laws for clinical medical assistants,
including training requirements.
6. Write a 1-2 page paper on patient rights.
7. Prepare scenarios and participate in role playing to resolving 15-20
8. Research and write a 2 page paper on a current ethical/legal issue.
9. Quizzes (3-5); final exam.
Medical Law and Ethics by B. Fremgren., Prentice Hall. 2002.