Having a balanced understanding of legal and ethical concepts and applying them to a multitude of real-life clinical and administrative situations is essential to any health professional. This text provides this balance by helping health professionals understand both the intention as well as the realities of the law. All the while, preparing them for the major ethical considerations and dilemmas they may encounter. Written in a straightforward manner aimed at health professionals in a variety of settings, this book introduces the reader to many topics affecting health care today such as the legal system, patient/physician relationship, professional liability and malpractice prevention, confidentiality, physician's public duties, medical records, and bioethical issues. Through this introduction healthcare professionals will better understand the ethical obligations to the patient, the employer, and themselves. For Medical Assisting students.
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Ed.D., MSN, CNE (NLN), RN-BC (PMH), RNC-AWHC, CMA (AAMA) Nina Beaman has been a Certified Medical Assistant since 1994 and has participated actively on the local, state, and national levels of the American Association of Medical Assistants. She is also a triple-certified Registered Nurse with certifications in Nursing Education, Psychiatric/Mental Health and Ambulatory Women’s Health. She completed her doctoral dissertation on "Using Disaster Simulation to Promote Volunteerism in Medical Assisting Students." Dr. Beaman teaches at Aspen University and Independence University. Nina owns a Consulting firm, Positive Transitions, where she provides crisis intervention, education, curriculum development, continuing education review, and violence prevention training. A popular speaker and author, she writes on her farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In her spare time, she works as a forensic nurse consultant and disaster expert.
Kristiana D. Routh
Kristiana D. Routh is a Registered Medical Assistant through American Medical Technologists. Kristiana has worked in the healthcare field for over 14 years and has a passion to see the field of medical assisting grow and develop. Her experience in the educational field of medical assisting includes teaching, curriculum development, working closely with accrediting bodies, and writing multiple textbook and supplemental resources for both instructors and students. Kristiana also owns her own business, Allied Health Consulting Services. Her business focuses on accreditation trends throughout healthcare, writing and developing educational content for the field of medical assisting, and also project management services for physicians and health care facilities. Kristiana and her family live in Girard, Pennsylvania near beautiful Lake Erie.
Lorraine M. Papazian-Boyce, MS, CPC
AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Lorraine M. Papazian-Boyce is an award-winning author and instructor. She authored the Pearson text ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding: A Map for Success, which received the Most Promising New Textbook Award—2013 from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. She was named Educator of the Year — Instruction — 2011 by Career Education Corporation (CEC).Lorraine has taught at several career colleges, both traditional and online. She has over 30 years of experience in healthcare administration as office manager; biller and coder; management consultant to hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians; and former owner of a medical billing and coding service. Lorraine has contributed to numerous textbooks and journals in the health professions field and is a nationally-known speaker. She holds a M.S. in Health Systems Management; the CPC credential; and is an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and Ambassador.
Janet R. Sesser
Janet R. Sesser, a Registered Medical Assistant with American Medical Technologists, holds a Master of Science in Health Education and Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management. Her background includes many years working as a practicing medical assistant for various types of practices and as a cardiopulmonary technician. For the past 25 years, she has worked in postsecondary education teaching and writing allied health curricula. Sesser is very involved with American Medical Technologists, serving as an elected member of the AMT Board of Directors. She is a recipient of the Medallion of Merit Award, the highest honor bestowed by AMT to a medical assistant, and she is a frequent presenter at national medical conferences.
Ron Maly currently holds certifications as a RMA (AMT) and CPhT (PTCB). He obtained his B.S. degree in Biology, Natural Science and Pre-Med with a minor in Chemistry from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska in 1989. In 1991 he received his M.A. degree (with thesis) in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The abstract from his thesis has been nationally published. In 1992 Ron was employed with Harris Laboratories (currently Celerion) in Lincoln, NE as a Chemist and later as a Validation Scientist. In his seven years with Harris Laboratories, Ron had numerous scientific papers on LC/MS/MS pharmaceutical-based research presented at national conferences. In 1999 Ron began working as a medical assistant/histotechnologist for a Moh’s micrographic surgeon in Omaha, NE. During this time he also began working part-time as a pharmacy technician. From 2005 to present, Ron has taught at the college level as a Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator for Hamilton College/Kaplan University, Council Bluffs, IA; Medical Assisting Program Coordinator and Medical Billing and Coding Coordinator at the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare of Herzing University, Omaha, NE and is currently the Medical Assisting Program Coordinator and Interim Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator for National American University, Bellevue, NE.
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