Project #2363 - End of Life Issues

To assess your ability to:

·         describe real-life legal and ethical issues associated with the entire span of life

·         describe the difference between criminal, ethical, and moral issues involved in patient care

·         apply this knowledge to critique real-life situation solutions associated with criminal, ethical, and/or moral issues


This assignment requires the student to describe fraud, contracts, and end of life issues, their impact on individuals and organizations, and the decisions managers make to address these issues. This week's reading will help you to complete this assignment.

Note: You will find the following sources helpful as you complete this assignment:

·         Section 1128A of the Social Security Act 142 USC

·         Medicare Fraud and Abuse:

·         HealthCare Fraud and Scheme (18 USC 1347):

·         Right to Die – The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:

·         Drickamer, M., Lee, M., & Ganzini, L. (1997). Practical issues in physician-assisted suicideAnnals of Internal Medicine, 126(2), 146-151. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

·         Portman, R. M. (2007). Exclusive contracts in the hospital setting: A two-edged sword, part 1: Legal issues. Journal of the American College of Radiology, 4(5), 305-312. Retrieved from Electronic Journal Center.

Action Items

1.        Choose one of the following situations and respond to the questions associated with that situation:

a.        Situation I: A hospital official is allegedly involved in an elaborate plan to recruit homeless individuals for unnecessary healthcare treatment and then bill the government for it.

·         What, if any, ethical, moral, and/or criminal issues are specific to the case, and why?

·         What are the implications of this case for the individual, organization, patients, and community?

·         If you were the president of this organization, how would you ensure such situations do not occur?

b.        Situation II: The debate over end-of-life issues continues to draw national attention. The current laws are intended to maintain a balance between protecting the rights of the patient and protecting society’s obligation to preserve life, prevent suicide, and maintain confidence in and the integrity and credibility of the medical profession.

·         Describe the difference between allowing a patient to die and physician-assisted suicide?

·         What are the ethical and legal issues associated with these two issues? Provide specific right-to-die and physician-assisted suicide examples.

·         What kinds of impact can these two issues have on the public’s perception of the medical profession?

c.        Situation III: You are the president of a hospital in a large metropolitan area of the northwest. You have been approached by a group of radiologists seeking to read images and perform procedures at your hospital. You inform them that your hospital has an exclusive contract with another group of radiologists to work at your hospital and they cannot read images or perform procedures. They threaten to sue you and the hospital for violation of anti-trust regulations.

·         Are you within your rights to prohibit them from practicing at your hospital, and why?

·         What circumstances make this legal or illegal? Please explain your position.

2.        Compose a two-page, double-spaced paper that addresses the situation of your choice. Cite at least three references and format your paper according to APA guidelines. The cover page and reference page are not included in the length of the paper.

3.        Submit the assignment as a Word document to and the class Drop Box by Saturday.

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/16/2013 01:00 pm
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