Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MP 140
Course Title:
Introduction to Health Law and Ethics
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Course Description

Introduces the legal aspects, code of ethics and policy issues relevant to allied health. Emphasizes confidential communication, advanced directives, consents, professional liability, medical malpractice, release of information, case studies and the professional code of ethics. Includes the concepts of professional credentialing and responsibility, liability, and working within legal/ethical boundaries. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Apply applicable federal, state, and local laws and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid regulations to the health care environment.
2. Release patient-specific data to authorized users and request patient specific information from other sources.
3. Apply legal requirements of acceptable methods for complete and timely documentation and authentication of entries to the medical record.
4. Maintain ethical tenets of a healthcare professional and act in an ethical manner.
5. Maintain an awareness and understanding of federal and state health care legislation and regulations.
6. Use an understanding of the legal ramifications of codes of ethic violations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by these tasks conducted individually and in cooperation with other students:
1. Answering theoretical and application questions on information covered in the lecture, graded assignments and reading assignments.
2. Determining how to handle case studies on patient confidentiality and release of patient information.
3. Locating and reporting on current legal issues in the delivery of healthcare.