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A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical service with compassion and respect for human dignity.
A physician shall deal honestly with patients and colleagues, and strive to expose those physicians deficient in character or competence, or who engage in fraud or deception
Responsibility to Society
A physician shall respect the law and recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements that are contrary to the best interests of the patient.
A physician shall respect the rights of patients, of colleagues, and of other health professionals, and shall safeguard patient confidence within the constraints of the law.
A physician shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public, obtain consultation, and use the talents of other health professionals as needed.
Freedom of Choice
A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate health care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide service.
Responsibility to Improved Community
A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to an improved community.
Gifts to physicians from medical companies can be accetped only if they relate to the physician's medical practice. However, drug samples from pharmaceutical companies can be accepted for patient use.
Conflict of interest
Physicians should not place their own financial interests above the patient's welfare.
Historically, there is an unwritten practice among many physicians taht they would not charge each toher for professional services. However, this practice has lost favor because many physicians are concerned about the lack of documentation when seeing a fellow physician free of charge.
Physicians should recommened that patients seek a second opinion whenever necessary.
It is unethical for the physician to engage in sexual conduct with a patient during the physician-patient relationship.
Treating Family Members
Physicians should not treat members of their families except in an emergency.
When a private hospital emergency room sends an indigent patient to a public hospital emergency room.
The Comprehensive Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
contains an amendment that prohibits "dumping" patients from on facility to another. It is now a federal offense to do this. This amendment does not mandate treatment, but it does require a hospital to stabilize a patient during an emergency situation.
withdrawing emdical care from a patient without providing sufficient notice to the patient. Considered to be a civil wrong or tort and condsidered to be a breach of contract and even negligence.
Certified Mail - Abandonment
Sending a letter by certified mail is the best method physicians can use to protect themseleves from a charge of abandoment when they have to sever a relationship with a patient.
Against Medical Advice (AMA)
when a noncompliant patient leaves a hospital without physician's permission
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
is a diease resulting in infections that occur as a result of exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the immune system to break down. First documented in the US in 1980.
Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA)
A federal law, protects HIV and AIDS patients from discrimination.
Medical Patients Rights Act
provides that all patients have the right to have their personal privacy respected and their medical records handled with confidentiality.
refers to confidential information that has been told to a physician (or attorney) by the patient.
Self-Determination Documents or Advance Directives
States the patinet's intentions for healthcare-related decisions and in some cases name another person as proxy to make decisons for the patient.
is the written authorization given by a person so that a second person can act for him or her.
is a written statement in which people state the type and amount of care they wish to receive during a terminal illness and as death approaches.
Document that a person drafts before becoming incompetent orunable to make heathcare decisions.
Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
A legal doucment that empowers another person (proxy) to make healthcare decisions for an incompetent patient. It goes into effect after the person beomces incompetent and only pertains to healthcare decisons.
Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
All states have some form of this law. It allows persons 18 years or older and of sound mind to make a gift of any part of their body for purposes of medical research or transplantation.
Do not Resuscitate (DNR) Order
This is an order placed into a person's medical chart or medical record. It indicates taht the person does not wish to be resuscitated if breathing stops.
Modified Rights of Terminally Ill Act
which states that the person must be terminally ill and/or in a state of permanent unconsciousness. The patient must be in a state that is irreversible, untreatable, and incurable with the prospect of imminent death.
Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA)
was passed in 1991 and states that congress has stongly supported a person's right to self-determination before beoming incompetent.
principle of parens patriae authority
occurs when the state takes responsiblity from the parents for the care and custody of minors under the age of 18.
a person judged to be mature enought to understand teh physician's instructions. Such a minor may seek medical care for treatment of drug or alcohol abuse, contraception, venereal disease, and pregnancy.
a person between the ages of 15 and 18 who is either married, in the military, or self-supporting and no longer lives under teh care of a parent. Parental consent for medical care is not required. Proof of emancipation should be included in the medical record.
is the voluntary agreement that a patient gives to allow a medically trained person the permission to touch, examine, and perform a treatment.
Informed or Expressed Consent
means taht the patient agrees to the proposed course of treatment after having been told about the possible consequences of having or not having certain procedures and treatments. The patients's signature on the consent form indicates that the patient understands the limits or risks involved in the pending treatment or surgery as explained by the physician.
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