Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration

Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration

Question 1. Biomedical and End of Life Law and Ethics

Part 1: Critical Analysis of the Law

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Address (Answer) ALL questions in part 1 in a minimum of 300maximum 450 words

  1. What is stem cell research? Why is it highly controversial? What do opponents say about it? What do supporters say?
  2. How did President Bush impact the law? How did President Obama impact the law? What course of action did the Supreme Court take? Lastly, what is the law today? If you are comfortable, share your opinion about the laws in this regard.

Part 2: Strategic Application of the Law

Address (Answer) ALL questions in part 2 in a minimum of 300maximum 450 words

Advanced Directives

Your neighbor knocks on your door. Knowing that you are a student in a healthcare administration program, she asks you to explain advanced directives. She explains that she is assisting her elderly father, and she has many questions:

  1. What is a living will? What is a POLST order? What is a health care durable power of attorney (also known as a health care proxy)? How are they created?
  2. How are treatment decisions made for incapacitated patients who do not have health care proxies or living wills?
  3. What options are available to resolve a disagreement between family members, family and a patient, or between family, the patient and caregivers?

Question 2: Informed Consent

Address (Answer) ALL questions in a minimum of 300maximum 450 words

Read this court case very carefully: Bertha Siliezar v. East Jefferson General Hospital and Dr. Joseph Tamimie. No. 04-CA-939. Decided: January 11, 2005. (See:

  1. What do you think about the court ruling regarding the adequacy of verbal consent prior to surgery?
  2. Do you think that the clinicians, in this case, acted reasonably? Ethically?
  3. Discuss several options you could take if a patient refuses to consent to a medical needed procedure?
  4. Explain what you would need to do to comply with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) guidelines in obtaining informed consent.
  5. Discuss the pros and cons of using a family member as an interpreter for an LEP patient.

Question 3 Public Health

Address (Answer) ALL questions in a minimum of 300maximum 450 words

  1. Discuss the role of the CDC in infectious disease reporting including the NNDSS. Has this reporting process been effective? Why or why not?
  2. Evaluate a state action in regards to COVID-19 and discuss whether it has been effective in stopping the spread of the virus. Give reasons to support your conclusion.
  3. Discuss the pros and cons of the OSHA injury and illness reporting system. What are the pros and cons of the system? Give examples of injuries that would need to be reported immediately and annually.
  4. You have been asked to set up a system for child and elder abuse reporting for your state. Explain the components of an effective system that complies with state and federal laws.