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MDA 136 Final Review
Terms in this set (54)
Deceitful act with intention to conceal the truth
Physical touching of a patient without consent
Failure to perform official duty or legal requirement
Legal treatment performed incorrectly
Accuser in a lawsuit
Res ipsa loquitor
"The thing speaks for itself" aka common knowledge
Breach of confidentiality
Giving information, including patient name and reason for treatment another patient has received and discussion patient information so that it can be overheard
Defamation of character
Injury to another person's reputation, name or character through spoken or written words
"The thing has been decided"
Failure to take responsible precautions to prevent harm to a patient
When a physician withdraws from a contractual relationship with a patient without proper notification
Pertains to conduct that threatens and harms public safety and welfare and is prohibited by law
Given permission and understand what they have consented to
Dereliction of duty
Inability of doctor to meet standard of care
Patient self determination act
A law that requires health care institutions to ask patients if they have an advance directive
Moral issues that affect human life
"Let the master/higher up answer"
Statute of limitations
Length of time a lawsuit can be filed (Usually 1-3 years)
Is it appropriate to tell your patient about your personal viewpoints?
When is an MA not covered under the physician's medical liability insurance?
When not following their scope of practice
Giving patients medication samples is appropriate only if this has occurred?
The doctor has written an order to do so
Is scope of practice the same in every state?
What legally required disclosures can happen without patient consent?
Suspected child/intimate partner/elder abuse, knife or gunshot wounds, communicable diseases, deaths, births
Does the Good Samaritan law cover an MA within their duties on the job?
Can a patient refuse treatment?
Who receives the reports on communicable diseases?
Malpractice can often be avoided by good communication between who?
Office staff and patient
What law encourages healthcare workers to render emergency care, to deal with accident victims, and to protect liability in certain circumstances?
Good Samaritan Law
What forms must be signed in order to release information from a patient's chart? Who's signature does it require?
Records Release Form; patient's signature
What piece of evidence is the most useful in a lawsuit against a healthcare provider?
The patient's chart
The plaintiff in a negligence lawsuit must prove what?
Dereliction of duty, direct cause, and that a standard of care was not met
The best defense of the medical practice is a well-documented ______?
"A physician should practice competent medical care with compassion while respecting human dignity" is part of what code?
AMA Code of Ethics
What branch of law would cover arson?
What is the appropriate action to take when you suspect a family member of abusing a patient?
First tell the doctor or supervisor and then follow office policy for this type of situation
Malpractice is an example of what type of tort?
Telling someone about a patient's medical care is what?
Invasion of privacy
Not guaranteeing a cure will help avoid what?
Sentencing of a defendant occurs after what type of lawsuit?
Identity the 4 D's of negligence?
Duty, derelict, direct cause, damage
Becoming certified shows evidence of formal training and what?
What steps would a doctor need to take in order to terminate care of a patient?
1. Statement of intent to terminate the relationship
2. Letter must be sent certified with a return receipt
3. Copy of letter and returned receipt put in patient chart
What elements are usually included in a state/s medical practice act?
1. Definition of practice of medicine
2. Description of licensure procedure
3. Conditions for which license can be suspended or revoked
4. Licensure renewal process
5. Requirements for physician's qualifications
Should an Ma report a physician who is engaging in deceptive practices?
Licensure is regulated by what entity?
The Controlled Substance Act is enforced by who?
Would asking a patient about the medication they are taking be a breach of confidentiality?
Malicious statements spoken about a person's character is called what?
What are the three elements of a contractual agreement?
either for implied or expressed contracts
The patient bill of rights includes the right to privacy, confidentiality, and the ability to refuse treatment.
Confidentiality is the most important aspect of an MA's daily work routine.
Professional recognition opportunities are a benefit of belonging to a profession association.