Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
- Understand basic concepts of healthcare professional ethics
- Evaluate real-life examples of ethical situations and apply principles of ethical decision-making to those situations
- Consider effects of unethical behavior on patient or practitioner
- Understand when and how to report unethical behavior and to whom
- Understand basic healthcare laws and regulations today
- Comprehend the legal and ethical benefits of good record-keeping
Method of Instruction: Lecture
- Discuss Current Healthcare Laws and Regulations
- Review Healthcare Ethics Standards (typical of professional codes of conduct), such as:
- Need to comply with laws and regulations, patient confidentiality, medical necessity, respecting the rights of patient, nondiscriminatory behavior, reporting of incidents of misconduct, disclosure of interest in recommended products/services.
- Identify an Ethical Issue and its Scope (General RIPS Concepts)
- Information-gathering, relevance and interpretation
- Determining stakeholders and possible consequences
- Consideration of laws, duties, obligations, professional guidelines
- Right vs. Wrong Tests (legal, feels wrong, front page, mom)
- What to Do about It
- Rules, Ends, Patient Care
- Who to Tell.
- Discuss Real-life Ethical Situations in Healthcare
- Discuss Legal and Ethical Benefits of Good Record-keeping
Credits: 2 CEU’s [AGD Code: #555]
Instructor: Mr. Dennis Alessi, Esq., Mr. Alessi co-chairs the Heath Care Department and represents clients in all areas of heath care law. Mr. Alessi has considerable experience in representing all types of health care and related companies, as well as individual professionals, management and billing service providers, third party administrators, industry trade associations, group purchasing organizations, surgical centers, medical groups, physicians and other health care professionals. Mr. Alessi is regularly involved in structuring of health care businesses and transactions, advising clients on compliance with complex regulations, arbitrating contractual and other disputes between health care entities or individual providers, litigating health care related issues in federal and state courts and representing companies, medical groups or individual professionals in various administrative procedures, are all within Mr. Alessi’s range of activities as a health care law specialist. Representing health care companies, medical practices and individual professionals, as well as the general business community, in all aspects of employment law, including establishing personnel policies and procedures to insure compliance with all federal and state employment-related laws and defending against employee law suits such as sexual harassment and whistle-blower claims, is another of Mr. Alessi’s specialized practice areas. Mr. Alessi received a B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1971, a J.D. degree from New England School of Law in 1976 and an L.L.M., with honors, from New York University in 1980.