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Discuss the basic structure of committees for a typical medical staff organization. What are the responsibilities of each committee?

Discuss the structure and authority of corporations. How do corporations come into play in the delivery of healthcare services, and how do corporate ethics impact healthcare?

Many examples of medical staff case law are provided in your text. Select one of these cases (or feel free to do your own internet search for interesting medical staff case law), and discuss the key facts of the case, the result and the rationale for the result. Explain the case's significance for healthcare law and healthcare facilities. What can we, as healthcare administrators, learn from this case?

What are the unique clinical and legal aspects of computerized patient records, and what legal issues do they raise for healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations?

Describe in detail the process for obtaining legal informed consent from a patient. Explain specifically what must be covered and documented on the medical record.

Who actually owns the medical record? What is necessary for release of a complete copy of a medical record or simply information from the record?

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Discuss the basic structure of committees for a typical medical staff organization. What are the responsibilities of each committee?

Consider the basic structure of a medical staff organization, depending on the initiative focus subject concern, the leading department management over resources illustrating manageability in serving the end goal (the care of patients, the processing of claims, administration of medical treatment over time, etc.). Thus, the core responsibilities of each committee in focusing on the duties lead by a sole manager or medical professional that moved over to administration will include reviewing of daily utilization results on patients and facilities care output. In doing so, the committee is geared towards observing and implementing new administrative changes to assist in improvement overall.

Discuss the structure and authority of corporations. How do corporations come into play in the delivery of healthcare services, and how do corporate ethics ...

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Sandra reveals to the physician that her step-father has molested her and she does not wish her mother to know. Mrs. Anderson demands Sandra's original medical records - claiming that as the mother, she has a legal right to the records. You are called by the emergency room physician and the supervisor in the medical records department with pleas for help. Mrs. Anderson confides in you that her religious beliefs demand that she alter the medical records for the sake of family unity. Accordingly she demands the medical records.

*Discuss the foregoing scenario (provide a resolution) in light of HIPAA and applicable state laws pertaining to medical records and privacy. The questions that must be answered are:

*What are the obligations regarding reporting of the alleged abuse under federal and state laws? Who are mandated reporters and what is their legal obligation?

*What do you say to Mrs. Anderson about her access to records? What laws regulate the access or disclosure of medical records/information of a minor (receiving reproductive care/treatment)?

*What practical recommendations do you have to avoid similar problems in the future?

*You will need to refer to the laws of your state (south carolina) of residence/employment as well as federal law.

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