FALL 2007 JCC VO-TECH
MOA 112-71 INSURANCE, REPORTS, MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS
FRIDAY 9 AM TO 12:05 PM
Instructor: Cinda L Walton, BS, RHIA E-mail: email@example.com
Best way to contact me- Phone: 517-523-2313
Office hours: After class and by appointment.
Credits: 3 Contact Hours: 3 Length of Course: 16 Weeks
Course Description: Insurance, Reports, Laws and Ethics is a course designed to
introduce students to the legal aspects of medical practice, bioethical issues, and
government and private health programs. Subjects selected are of importance to
physicians and allied health professionals working in both hospital and office settings.
Emphasis is placed on concerns related to the field of Medical Assisting but applicable to
others. This is a required course in the Medical Assistant, Receptionist / Transcriptionist and
Receptionist / Biller Programs.
Grades: All tests Quizzes and assignments will be assigned a % and counted equally.
1. Four/five unit quizzes/ tests 400-500 100 pts each
2. Final Exam (Comprehensive) 200 100 pts (counts as two tests)
3. Medical ethics position paper 100 pts 50 pts paper , 50 pts presentation
4. 10 points per class day participation 150 points 10 points for complete class
Total 850-950 points
79-75 2.0 minimum requirement for most programs
below 60 0.0 Y=audit W= Withdrawal I=incomplete
Objectives: Objectives are listed at the beginning of each Chapter of both Textbooks
and are to be used by the student to assist with their study of the chapters.
MOA 112 will be assessing for:
ADO 8: Make responsible decisions in personal and professional contexts (Proficient)
ADO 10: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and
This means that we will be collecting assessment statistics on this course as a whole,
not individuals, for this purpose.
Attendance policy: Since this course involves much discussion of current material, it is
difficult for the student to be successful unless class is attended regularly. You will be
expected to attend the complete class each week. Each student is allowed one make up
test with no penalty. A 5% deduction from the grade will be taken from each subsequent
make-up exam that is approved by the instructor. ASAP contact your instructor before or
following any missed test. The instructor reserves the right to decide when this policy is
being abused and refuse to allow a make up.
New Requirement TWO Textbooks:
1. Lewis, Marcia A., Tamparo, Carol D. Medical Law, Ethics and Bioethics for the Health
Professions 6th Edition . F.A. Davis. 2007
2. Young, Alexandra Patricia Kinn’s The Administrative Medical Assistant – An Applied
Learning Approach 6th Edition. Saunders/Elsevier 2007
This textbook will also be used in your MOA 240 and MOA 204 classes and to
study for the CMA exam.
Suggested: If you are not at the Main Campus often then arrange for access to the Adrian
College Library or some other higher learning library.
Websites of interest in this course:
http://aama-ntl.org American Association of Medical Assistants ( AAMA)
http://www.ama-assn.org American Medical Association ( AMA)
http://ahima.org American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
http://www.billers.com Medical Billers Association (AMBA)
http://www.aamt.org American Association of Medical Transcriptionist (AAMT)
www.michigan.gov State of Michigan complied laws (MCL)
www.michigan.gov/fia Family Independence Agency – State of Michigan
www.ssa.gov Social Security Administration
www.bcbsm.com Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
www.hpmich.com Health Plan of Michigan
www.php.com Physicians Health Plan
cms.hhs.gov/Medicaid Health and Human Services – Medicaid
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2416.html AMA - Ethics
http://www.lectlaw.com/tmed.html Law and Medicine – Medical Malpractice Topics
http://www.msms.org/exlinks/elmgm.html MSMS – Medical Group Managers
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa (HIPAA) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
http://www.workerscompensation.com Worker’s Compensation Services
http://www.myphr.com My Personal Health Record
Please be considerate and turn off your cell phones. If your phone goes off accidentally
during class, please just turn off the signal and do not start a conversation. The use of cell
phones, hand held computers or other aids are not permitted during testing and must be
completely turned off.
Center for Student Success "Tutors (plus additional services for academic success) can be
accessed by calling 517-796-8415 or by stopping by the Center for Student Success on Main
Campus Bert Walker Hall room 123 or here at JCC@VO-TEC by asking at the office for days and
times this service is available.
"Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the Americans with Disabilities
Act) should contact the Center for Student Success. This is the first step in acquiring the appropriate
accommodations to facilitate your learning."
Academic honesty is an unfortunate ethical issue that many students and instructors face
each semester. Because of various pressures to succeed, learners are often tempted to use
dishonesty, plagiarism, and cheating to reach their goals. This is considered unethical.
Cheating includes: copying from or giving answers in any way to another student; conspiring
with another student to obtain quiz or exam questions and answers prior to the test;
unsanctioned use of reference materials or electronic devices during a quiz or exam to
procure answers. Students suspected of cheating will be notified as discretely as possible as
soon as the reported or observed behavior has occurred. A grade of 0 % will be recorded for
the quiz or exam on which the cheating has occurred and repeat offences may lead to a
faculty initiated drop. Learners have due process rights outlined in the JCC Student
How to Study for this class:
1. Read the objectives given at the beginning of each Chapter from both textbooks
2. Study the vocabulary words of importance in each Chapter.
3. Make a list of all abbreviations given in the textbooks and during class lectures to
use in your memorization and testing process.
4. Then, you may select to read the assigned chapters before coming to class make notes,
outlines or highlight key point. Others may select to read the chapter after the class in which
the chapter is presented.
5. Compare what you read to notes taken from the instructor’s presentation or group
discussions in class. Also add to your notes information particular to the State of Michigan
as presented by the instructor.
6. Think about specific instances of how this subject relates to you, your family, friends,
community, country, life-style, economics …. Etc. “Make it personal for yourself”
7. Draw diagrams, study pictures, visit a library, visit websites to assist you in visualizing
systems and understand information.
8. Observe articles & issues in the newspaper, magazines, on TV programs, the radio or at
the movies and especially persons around you.
9. Work with a study partner or group.
10. Use the objectives for each chapter to make questions for yourself and then answer
them as if you were taking a test.
11. Read the book into a tape-recorder and then listen to it.
12. Record the lectures and listen and take notes later.
13. Make it fun for yourself and plan rewards.
14. Manage your time wisely! Plan to be in class each week and stay in class for the entire
experience. Use the syllabus and plan a schedule for studying, work, family time,
15. Clean your house, closets, drawers, desk, kitchen and prepare a nice orderly spot to
work so you are not trying to have an orderly mind in a chaotic environment.
16. Take care of your physical needs (Maslow), be healthy, well nourished and rested.
17. Take care of emotional needs (feelings, stresses)
18. Have social time planned as a reward. (maybe school is your social time)
19. Then because your basic needs are meet you can aspire to higher learning
and ascetic needs and then self-actualization!!
Medical ethics position paper-
This project may be done in partnership with another person taking an opposing view
backed with evidence to support both opinions. Each person must do an oral presentation
and their own written report.
A. Oral presentation - 50% of project grade
1. approximately 5 min.
2. based on written report on an ethical issue in medicine
B. Written report - 50% of project grade
1. approximately 4 typed pages double spaced
2. not all references can be internet sites and all must be valid sources
Written Paper must include- Total 50 points
1. Title / typed/ spell checked/ computer printed - 5 points
2. Body of information and opinions – 35 points
Factual description / definition of ethical conflict
Statement of position on this issue
Convincing argument/evidence to back position
3. List of References – 10 points
Minimum 4 references (professional books, papers, magazine articles,
website information) that are scientific reliable sources. Must have at least
two references that are NOT a website.
Oral presentation - Total 50 points –
1. Verbally presented to whole class.
2. May use AV, poster, PowerPoint, read from written report, debate with another.
Use a numbered bibliography to document your sources of information or opinions sited to
back your opinion. Listed in the following style:
1. Authors last name, first name. Title of the Book . Publisher's name. Date (year)
2. Author's last name, first name. "Article title (in quotes)". Title of the Magazine.
Date, Volume, page numbers
3. Author. "Title of the article" Name of Newspaper. Date.
4. Author (if there is one) "Title of the Pamphlet" Name of Organization or Agency
Producing the Pamphlet. Date if there is one.
5. URL – websites – Author/ Source of information. “Title Page of the Website” date
6. Interviews: Name or alias. Description of person. Qualifications. Date of interview.
Assignment Outline MOA 112 -71
MLEB = Medical Law, Ethics & Bioethics textbook
KAMA = Kinn’s the Administrative Medical Assistant textbook
WEEK ONE August 24, 2007 MLEB - Introduction to MOA 112
Chapter I, Chapter 3 and Appendix I
Medical Law, Ethics, and Bioethics
Employees in Ambulatory Health Care
Codes of Ethics
KAMA – Chapter 6 pages 81-98
WEEK TWO August 31, 2007 (Test I MLEB Chapters 1, 3 and Appendix 1
& KAMA Chapter 6 pages 81-98)
MLEB - Chapter 2
Medical Practice Management
KAMA – Chapter 2 pages 22-33
WEEK THREE Sept. 7, 2007 MLEB – Chapter 4
Legal Guidelines for Health Professionals
KAMA – Chapter 7 pages 99-109 thru Arbitration
NO CLASS SEPTEMBER 14
WEEK FOUR Sept. 21 MLEB - Chapter 5 & 6
Regulations and Professional Liability ….….
KAMA – Chapter 16 pages 291-305
WEEK FIVE Sept. 28, 2007 (Test II MLEB Chapters 2,4,5, and 6
& KAMA – Chapter 2 pages 22-33
Chapter 7 pages 99-109 thru Arbitration
Chapter 16 pages 291-305)
MLEB - Chapter 7 & 8
KAMA – Chapter 14 pages 251 – 266 first column only.
WEEK SIX October 5, 2007 MLEB Chapter 9
Reimbursement and Collection Practices
KAMA – Chapter 19 pages 353-375
WEEK SEVEN October 12, 2007 MLEB Chapter 10
KAMA Chapter 7 pages 109 - 129
WEEK EIGHT October 19, 2007 (TEST III MLEB Chapters 7,8, 9 & 10
KAMA – Chapter 14 pages 251 – 266
first column only
Chapter 19 pages 353-375
Chapter 7 pages 109 - 129
MLEB Chapter 11
A Cultural Perspective for Health Professionals
Diversity – Slide presentation produced by
Stephen M. Geiersbach MS, RT®, RDMS
WEEK NINE October 26, 2007 MLEB Chapters 12
Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources
WEEK TEN November 2, 2007 MLEB Chapters 13
WEEK ELEVEN November 9, 2007 (Test IV on Chapters11,12 & 13 and
Diversity – by Stephen M. Geiersbach )
MLEB Chapter 15 & Appendix II (Will do Chapter 14 next week)
Life and Death
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care & Other Forms
WEEK TWELVE November 16, 2007
MLEB Chapter 16 & pages 237-240
Dying and Death
NO CLASS NOVEMBER 23, 2007 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
WEEK THIRTEEN November 30, 2007 (TEST V on Chapters 15, 16 and Appendix II
and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care handout)
MLEB Chapter 14
Presentation of Student Position Papers
WEEK FOURTEEN December 7, 2007
Review for Final Exam – MLEB All Chapters and Appendix I & II
KAMA All pages assigned from
Chapters 2, 6, 7,16 & 19
Presentation of Student Position Papers
WEEK FIFTEEN December 14, 2007
FINAL WRITTEN EXAM WITH QUESTIONS FROM:
MLEB All Chapters and Appendix I & II
KAMA All pages assigned from Chapters 2, 6, 7,16 & 19
Presentation of student Position Paper if not all
completed week fourteen.
WEEKLY CLASS AGENDA:
Each class session will have a variety of activities. The order of the activities will vary from
week to week.
Reading Assignments will be given. (You may select to read the assigned chapters before
each class while others will find it more helpful to attend class and then read the chapter.)
A list of Learning Objectives will be given at the beginning of each chapter in both
textbooks. Students may be expected to turn in a written response to some of these
objectives – the instructor will announce these assignments on a weekly basis.
Instructor Lecture, Power Point Presentations, Videos, and etc. may be used.
A Guest Speaker may be present on an occasion.
The instructor may give added assignments at any class session.
Student participation will be expected. (Statement of thoughts, debate, sharing of examples,
presentation of articles, presentation of Position Paper.)
NOTE – Any examples given about ethical issues, which may relate to a local person
or persons used by the instructor or any student must not disclose the name of that
person or persons nor any other identifiable data which would break the Code of
Ethics for Confidentiality.
If anyone has an Ethical Issue due to their Religion, they are not allowed to discuss
they should contact the instructor before signing up for the course or by the end of
the first class session. They can then discuss how the student and instructor
might work around that one issue for that Student with the instructor.