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HCA 322 (Health Care Ethics and Medical Law)

Week 1

Week 1 DQ 1

Relying on http://www.ache.org/, the diversity and ethics links contained therein, explore the
relationship between cultural diversity and the process for ethical decision-making. What are the
most important factors in producing ethical decisions? Your initial post must be 200-250
words. Respond to at least two of your classmates postings.

Week 1 DQ 2

Define the principles of autonomy, fidelity and confidentiality. How do these terms support ethical
and moral medical practices? Do these concepts create any barriers to ethical principles? Your
initial post must be 200-250 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates postings.
Week 2

Week 2 DQ 1

Most states in the United States make physician-assisted suicide (euthanasia) a felony crime, punishable
by years of imprisonment. Discuss the ethical aspects of these laws, focusing particularly on a medical
staffs relationship with the patient and the ability to act in the patients best interests. Also discuss
the legal rights of patients, family and friends of patients, as they make difficult and emotional
end-of-life decisions. Your intial post must be 200-250 words. Respond to at least two of your
classmates postings.

Week 2 DQ 2

List and describe the three best and the three worst attributes of Health Care Ethics Committees. Do
you agree that the expanding use and power of ethics committees helps foster and ensure ethical
standards are upheld in the medical profession? Why or why not? Your initial post must be 200-250
words. Respond to at least two of your classmates postings.

Week 2 Assignments:

HCA 322 Week 2 Assignment (Euthanasia Assisted Suicide Debate) (1550+ Words)

Week 3

Week 3 DQ 1

Describe the main purposes of the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986. Provide thoughtful
and thorough responses to the questions found in the case study, Failure to Meet Ethical Standards,
found in Chapter 7. Use at least two, outside scholarly sources to support your answers. Properly
cite the sources in APA format. Your initial post must be 200-250 words. Respond to at least two of
your classmates postings.

Week 3 DQ 2

Detail the legal doctrine of Respondeat Superior and explain its importance and significance in the
health care industry. Explain at least two defenses to this legal doctrine. Your initial post must be
200-250 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates postings.

Week 3 Assignments:

HCA 322 Week 3 Assignment (Types of Laws) (1700+ Words)

Week 4
Week 4 DQ 1

Review the following website: http://www.priory.com/ethics.htm. Discuss the tensions between the
Hippocratic Oath and abandonment of a patient for non-payment of medical bills or upon receipt of an
intent to sue letter. Analyze the competing ethical values in either situation and provide your opinion
on the morality of either abandoning or continuing medical care. Your initial post must be 200-250
words. Respond to at least two of your classmates postings.

Week 4 Assignment:

HCA 322 Week 4 Assignment (Issues for Health Care Professionals Pharmacists) (1450+ Words)

Week 5

Week 5 DQ 1

Detail and explain the differences between informed consent and implied consent. What are the best
ways to prove consent? Your initial post must be 200-250 words. Respond to at least two of your
classmates postings.

Week 5 DQ 2

Chapter 14 of your text details a number of patients rights. Which are the three most important in
your opinion, and why? How do patient rights affect how health care workers interact with
patients? Please make sure that you provide citations and authorities to support your
conclusions. Your initial post must be 200-250 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates
postings.

Week 5 Assignment:

HCA 322 Week 5 Research Paper (Do-Not-Resuscitate Legal and Ethical Issues) (3200+ Words)