Bat1 Task 1 Essay

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Legal and Ethical Considerations name Western Governor's University

Legal and Ethical Considerations
A1. Addendum Addendum: Release of Information: Shadow Chart Policy
Shadow charts should only contain copies of the original records. Shadow charts are maintained to assist ancillary departments in treating patients. An original record is created after each treatment for the primary record and a copy can be made for the shadow chart only for convenience in providing care. Original records are not to be kept in shadow charts.
Shadow charts should only contain copies of the original records. This is to ensure that all original documentation is always placed in the main chart. The purpose for this is to have the
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If an organization has established care for a minor in an emergency situation and/or is needing a blood transfusion and the organization refuses to treat due to the parents or legal guardian being unavailable and consequently the minor dies or has irreversible disability the organization can be held criminally liable. The organization can be charged with negligence and/or medical malpractice if the plaintiff can prove the following elements: (1) a duty of care is owed to the patient; (2) a breach of this duty of care; (3) a causal connection between the breach of duty and the patient’s injury; and (4) damages (McWay, 2012).
B1. HIPAA Definition
HIPAA defines criminal liability as covered entities and specified individuals, whom "knowingly", obtain or disclose individually identifiable health information in violation of the Administrative Simplification Regulations ("Hipaa violations and," ). In contrast to civil liability, criminal liability requires that the act be done “knowingly”. “Knowingly” is having the understanding that the actions constitute an offense. The term "covered entity" under the HIPAA Privacy Rule refers to three specific groups, including health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers that transmit health information electronically ("What is a," 2012).
B2. Clinical Staff Impact
Actions of the clinical staff would be directly

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