1st page- Cover page
2nd page- Abstract (include what is the purpose of this project)
3rd page- Answering the following questions:
Describe the differences among a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation.
1. Identify the major disadvantage of a sole proprietorship or a partnership.
2. How does a corporation differ from a partnership?
3. What conflicts exist when a MCO provides bonuses to physicians for providing fewer tests?
4th page- References
APA citation is required.
Chapter 1 covers a lot of ground and sets the stage for the rest of the text. The premise of this text is that the health care industry is a big business and what medical office professionals do on the frontline matters. Students’ understanding of the laws and issues related to working in a medical office will help them protect patients, their employers, and themselves from unnecessary risks.
The scope of practice is a foundational issue discussed in Chapter 1. Because both state and federal law regulate the practice of medicine, it is necessary for students to be aware that there is an assortment of statutes and regulations that define the procedures they will be permitted to perform. This chapter also features discussion of the standard of care for medical professionals and laypersons and what it means to be a medical assistant.
Technical aspects of the law are useful for medical office professionals so they can understand the business aspects of working in a medical office. That is why this chapter includes discussion of the several types of legal entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships, among others.
Another foundational issue is managed care organizations (MCOs), including HMOs, PPOs, and ACOs. It will be necessary for students to be familiar with the many facets of MCOs, including the focused objectives of reducing costs and delivering quality health care.
And, finally, this chapter features a discussion about telemedicine as an alternative health care delivery system that has become increasingly commonplace. The use of telemedicine is still in its infancy, but it has the potential to dramatically change the practice of medicine. Your students will learn that telemedicine is one more example of how health care has become big business.