medical practice acts
statute that governs the practice of medicine in a state, meant to protect the health and safety of the general public. also defines the penalties of practicing without a license.
an approval or sanction
the practice of cooperation by which a state grants a license to practice medicine to a physician already licensed in another state
when a physician's license is taken away for cases of severe misconduct, including unprofessional conduct, commision of a crime, or personal incapacity to perform one's duties
Standard of care
refers to ordinary skill and care that medical practitioners such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, and phlebotomists must use, as determined by their state license or certification
prudent person rule
also "reasonable person standard" means that a healthcare professional, usually a physician, must provide information to a patient that a reasonable person would want before they make a decision
statute of limitations
refers to the period of time that a patient has to file a lawsuit
legal theory that provides that the statute of limitations begins to run at the timethe injury is discovered or when the patient should have known of the injury
guardian ad litem
an adult to act in the court on behalf of a child in litigation
good samaritan laws
state laws that help to protect from liability healthcare professionals and ordinary citizens who provide emergency care to an accident victim. the emergency aid covered under this law must be given at the scene of accident or emergency.
"let the master answer" ; an employer is liable for acts of the employee withen the scope of employment.
practice used to control or minimize the incidence of problem behavior that might result in injury to patients and employees, and ultimately to liability for the physician/employee