Ethical and Legal Concepts in Healthcare

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Ethical & LEGAL CONCEPTS in HEALTH CARE By (Student Name) DELETE THIS SLIDE AFTER YOU READ IT Why is This Important? Access and funding for health care, both private and public, is a huge concern with many Americans (if not most) Many of the government health care frameworks and questions face major long-term questions of viability and direction (SSA.gov) Opinions on the topic are far from monolithic and even further from being settled Statement of Problem There are a number of questions that have to be answered in the coming years vis-Ã -vis ethics and legal issues in health care What is "fairness" in terms of who must pay taxes and who must pay for their own care? What defines "unethical" or even "criminal" when speaking of healthcare issues as it relates to privacy, best practices, keeping costs down and instilling accountability with everyone involved (including patients)? Will there come a point in which some services, even if they are of great benefit, will have to be reduced or even done away with? HIPAA Short for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Passed in August 1996 during Clinton Administration Major focus is patient privacy and expressly forbids many practices that have long been unconsidered unethical or improper Other provisions focus on renewability, portability, health care access and health care fraud/abuse (HHS.gov, 2012) Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act Commonly referred to as "ObamaCare" or shortened to PPACA
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