Recognize the factors that trigger the creation of a provider-patient relationship
Appreciate how courts determine the legal standard of care applicable to healthcare providers
Explain the legal obligations of hospitals and healthcare providers when patients arrive at an emergency department
Advise healthcare providers on how to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule
This course provides an overview of key legal, ethical and regulatory issues related to the provision of medical care, including the formation and termination of the physician-patient relationship, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), medical malpractice, informed consent law, and medical confidentiality. Students evaluate the law’s approach to complex bioethical dilemmas, including decisions for patients who lack decision-making capacity, treatment decisions for children and adolescents, and mental health treatment. Carefully selected case studies and guided analysis of legal issues in healthcare allow students to apply newly-acquired knowledge to real-world situations.