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Law, Liability, and Ethics for Medical Office Professionals 6th Edition

Myrtle R. Flight, Wendy Mia Pardew

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011
  • 368 Pages
Starting At 90.00 See pricing and ISBN options


Updated to reflect new health care regulations and technology, LAW, LIABILITY, AND ETHICS FOR MEDICAL OFFICE PROFESSIONALS, SIXTH EDITION prepares future medical assistants for the legal and ethical dilemmas they’ll face in medical environments. Beginning with business-related issues and the court system, chapters next take readers through the standard of care, employment, criminal and tortious acts, contractual issues, negligence, medical malpractice, and other important matters of law. The second half of the book delves into the ethical concerns present in medical practices, including patient confidentiality, health records, professional ethics, and the issues associated with patient births and deaths. A practical resource for novices and seasoned professionals, the book also offers real-life cases and news stories to ground readers in relevant laws and ethical issues, along with chapter-ending activities to practice their own decision-making skills. Thoughtful and thorough, LAW, LIABILITY, AND ETHICS FOR MEDICAL OFFICE PROFESSIONALS, SIXTH EDITION shows medical assisting students their legal and ethical obligations, when to seek legal advice and how to work with the legal profession, and how to protect themselves and their future employers from medical malpractice and other complaints.

Myrtle R. Flight, Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Canton, MA

Myrtle Flight is the former Assistant Director of the Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, Massachusetts. She has also been an adjunct instructor at Massasoit Community College in Canton and Northeastern University in Boston.

Wendy Mia Pardew,

Wendy Mia Pardew, JD, brings her extensive background in litigation to this sixth edition. Her legal experience in private practice includes defense of medical malpractice cases, as well as pharmaceutical, class action, and mass tort actions. She has also represented physicians and hospitals in regulatory matters.
  • Layered Approach. Reorganized throughout, chapters build on content from preceding chapters to deliver a clearer, deeper picture of legal realities in modern health care, from administration and management to compensation and legislation.
  • New and Updated Material. Added content reflects recent legislation and new case law, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), Affordable Care Act (ACA), telemedicine, and euthanasia, among other critical topics.
  • Contemporary News and Cases. Packed with fresh news stories and legal cases, the sixth edition examines important trends and issues affecting health care laws and ethics in medical office settings today.
  • Simplified Summaries. Now streamlined, the end-of-chapter summaries present as a bulleted list to help readers understand core chapter content at-a-glance.
  • NEW Digital Resources. Designed to coordinate with the sixth edition, MindTap® Health Services offers a variety of study features and apps — from note-taking and case studies to flashcards and quizzing — to give students an edge in the classroom and beyond.
  • Topical Stories. Timely examples of legal and ethical health care dilemmas in the news, as well as controversies and discoveries in health care, illustrate chapter concepts and promote engaging discussions.
  • Assessment Tools. Key features of the sixth edition include Suggested Activities, Study Questions, and Cases for Discussion, offering myriad ways for readers to analyze, apply, and evaluate new concepts.
  • Professional Focus. Designed specifically for medical office professionals, this text addresses the fundamental legal and ethical issues present in today’s busy medical practices.
  • Orderly Learning. Each chapter begins with a set of key learning objectives and ends with a bulleted list of key concepts, clearly bookending each chapter with the most important takeaways.
  • Legalese Support. A list of key terms at the start of each chapter and boldfaced key terms with their definitions throughout help readers acclimate to the language of the law and grasp new legal concepts.
  • Substantive Cases. Summaries of real legal cases presented in the chapters highlight the legal issues and actions most prevalent in health care today.
1. The Big Business of Health Care and You.
2. Laws and Regulations You Will Encounter.
3. From the Constitution to the Courtroom.
4. Criminal Acts and Intentional Torts.
5. What Makes a Contract.
6. Medical Malpractice and Other Lawsuits.
7. The Health Record.
8. Introduction to Ethics.
9. Laws and Ethics of Patient Confidentiality.
10. Professional Ethics and the Living.
11. Birth and the Beginning of Life.
12. Death and Dying.
Each MindTap product offers the full, mobile-ready textbook combined with superior and proven learning tools at one affordable price. Students who purchase digital access can add a print option at any time when a print option is available for their course.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305972735
Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation with this essential resource. The Instructor’s Manual provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices and exercises for content reinforcement.

Instructor's Companion WebSite

ISBN: 9781305972742
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint® presentations, book-coordinated images, the Instructor’s Manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305972766
Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text’s test bank and elsewhere. Designed to make testing easy, this handy tool allows you to incorporate your own favorite questions, create multiple versions in an instant, and deliver exams and quizzes from your LMS or classroom — or wherever you want!