Administrative Ethics

1267 Words Sep 20th, 2012 6 Pages
Find a current administrative issue in a newspaper, magazine, or journal article relating to topics such as patient privacy, confidentiality, or HIPAA.

Write a 1,050 word paper that includes the following:

•Describe the issue and its impact on the population it affects most.

•What arguments or facts are used in the article to support the proposed solution?

•What are the ethical and legal issues reported for your administrative issue?

•Explain the managerial responsibilities related to administrative ethical issues. If none were stated, what should have been done?

•Identify any proposed solutions.

Include at least three sources in your paper.

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The legal issue, when it comes to dealing with patient privacy, is very pricy. Depending on the privacy issue, individuals could lose their jobs, and there also could be fines. The Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and the General Hospital Corporation agreed to a hefty fine to the government of U.S. due to breaching of patients privacy (U.S. Department of Human and Health Services, 2011). Such fines set a good example, thus ensuring health care facilities take caution in ensuring their staff members do not leak patient information. A disgruntled employee might also decide to use such websites to give confidential information about a patient in order to damage the patient’s reputation. A facility should have guidelines that will set the standards for instances like this and come up with harsh punishments if such an occurrence happens. Enforcing fines and harsh punishments to employees will highly reduce the chances of any leakage of personal, patient information (Dimick, 2010). When any person receives information that is not meant for their eyes, they should report it immediately. Ethically, one should do the right thing and destroy what you have received. One should call and report, informing the organization what has happened. This will lead to proper training, in order to ensure that such a mistake does not happen again, since it’s the responsibility of the organization to ensure that the privacy of the patients is always protected (Greysen,
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