In a pharmacy malpractice lawsuit, the elements of the case must include the following: the pharmacist had a duty of care, the pharmacist breached the duty of care, the breach proximately caused harm to the patient, and damages are the result (Milenkovich). Pharmacists are responsible to distribute the appropriate medication to patients, who trust their proficiency and knowledge. Prescription errors happens everyday, causing many sickness, wrongful death and injuries. Pharmacist who works in clinics, drugstores, and hospitals are well trained to dispense medication and have
A quality assurance program is designed to monitor the quality of the patient care a medical laboratory provides. In response to public concern over the accuracy of laboratory tests, Congress enacted the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 CLIA ’88. This law placed all laboratory facilities that conduct tests for diagnosing, preventing, or treating human disease or for assessing human health under federal regulations administered by the Health Care Financing Administration HCFA and the CDC. tests of high complexity include more complicated tests in the specialties and subspecialties, including tests in clinical cytogenics, histopathology, histocompatibility, and cytology, and any test not yet categorized by the
Consistent with this contract, there are some necessary steps to comply • Both covered entity and Business associates, have to develop the Breach notification policy and the steps to comply. (Breach means un unauthorized use or disclose of protected health information, which cause risk or harm to the individuals) • The HITECH Act also requires a Business Associate to take action if a Covered Entity fails to comply with the Business Associate Agreement. • If the contract between the covered entities and business associates is revoked, it is mandatory that the business associate return or eradicate all PHI received from covered entity. Sources Sayles, B. N., (2013), Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach. Chicago: American Health information management Association.
All interventions that were completed need to be included and who was notified as a result of the event. The details of all of equipment used in the event should be detailed even if it was not assumed to be at fault. The serial and model number of the IV pump should be written in this report. Any patient statements should be used with direct quotations and also be documented thoroughly. Doctrine of Respondeat Superior The doctrine of respondeat superior is law with the principle that a hospital is vicariously liable for its employee’s negligence which allows the patient/plaintiff to bring a lawsuit against the nurse, hospital, or both (Giordano, 2003).
Group 3 Case Study 1 Throughout the foundation of healthcare, the relationship of doctor-patient created a realm where private patient information was protected. It was outlined in the Hippocratic Oath, and then evolved into the common law tort system, which was weighed on a case-by-case basis, and prevailed for the ‘good’ of the public (Tyson, 2001, n.p.). As healthcare has progressed, especially with the changes in technology and its growth patient privacy, confidentiality and personal information has been difficult to safeguard. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), on the other hand, takes-on a regulation style approach, incorporating public policy and regulations (Kaplan, 2014, p. 36). As an organization, Kaiser Permanente and other institutions must make changes to avoid this type of event from occurring.
Recommendations • Continuous patient education should be incorporated in to clinical activities at all clinic locations. This is to enlighten patients on the activities that can adversely affect the accuracy of body composition estimation, when carried out just before visit to the clinics. This will help in maintaining industrial standard. • Specialists taking the body composition estimation should be trained on the importance of adhering strictly to the acceptable protocols of patients check-in and preparation for body composition estimation. They should be hold accountable for any breach in protocols.
Healthcare providers and organizations are obligated and bound to protect patient confidentiality by laws and regulations. Patient information may only be disclosed to those directly involved in the patient’s care or those the patient identifies as able to receive the information. The HIPAA Act of 1996 is the federal law mandating healthcare organizations and clinicians to safeguard patient’s medical information. This law corresponds with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act to include security standards for protecting electronic health information. The healthcare organization is legally responsible for establishing procedures to prevent data
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was created in 1996 to protect patient’s information as it is being used to create a higher quality of care for the individual. HIPAAs biggest aspect is the creation and management of electronic medical transactions. When we think of HIPAA we normally think mainly about patient documentation, but HIPAA includes coding. The Medical Coding and Billing Organization tells us that HIPAA’s effect covers to almost every part of the medical billing process, from how records are kept and retrieved to how codes are used in generating claims. Ethics in Medical Coding is the same ethics that cover everything else.
The bill was referred back to committee and was reintroduced in October of 2013 as House Bill 1746. This bill was referred to as the “Nurse Violence Prevention Act.” The goals and objectives of the bill require Pennsylvania hospitals and other health care facilities to take pro-active steps to protect nurses and other healthcare workers from violence on the job. The bill will require hospitals to assess the security risks in their facilities, find ways to create a safer workplace and help victims of violence report incidents. This bill was designed to help facilities develop strategies to address it’s own safety risks, such as; training level of security personnel, building design and lighting, staffing levels, and a hospital culture of safety (Cong. Rec., 2011).
Social Determinants of Health Shelly Clavis Rutgers University School of Nursing Social Determinants of Health Defined Health concerns is an issue that most organizations have formed a pact to safely deal with the challenge. The main agenda focuses on the eradication of health inequalities that may exist in most countries. It is best suited that social determinants are accorded the much-needed attention since they affect a number of people. In assessing the factors that affect one’s health, genetic disposition, personal behaviors, ability to obtain healthcare and the overall environment in which an individual resides are to be considered. Social determinants of Health are issues that deals with the conditions that people have found constructed in a society and acts as a parcel in their lives, such as; growth, age and some of the more complex systems that construct a society which include economic policies and their systems that include social norms, development goals and the basic political system that they are indulged under (World Health Organization, 2008).
Susan Mckinney Week 3 MOS 1 Discussion Thread What measures can be taken to guarantee the security of EHRs? So many things can be done to insure the safety of patients Electronic Health Records (EHR). In order to ensure their protection HIPAA has instituted the Privacy and Security Rules that pertain to the safeguard of the Administrative, Physical, and Technical aspect to a patients EHRs. This insures that your provider puts into place measurements that guard against any unauthorized use of a patients PHI. Administrative Safeguards: HIPAA requires providers to have policies and procedures that are in place that protect the patients security, privacy and confidentiality.