What will you do if a patient refuses prescribed treatment? If the patient does not follow doctor’s orders, how will you advise them? If adult children will not let you tell the patient his diagnosis, what will you do? These are common situations in healthcare. Each raises an ethical dilemma for hospital case managers.
Almost all major healthcare systems are adopting some form of telehealth, and it is rapidly becoming a standard of care, says David A. Fleming, MD, MA, MACP, director of University of Missouri’s Center for Health Ethics in Columbia.
Issue is ‘at the convergence of two perfect storms’
February 25, 2016
Failure to prescribe opioid analgesics in a manner that reflects “pharmacovigilance” can expose a physician not only to charges of unprofessional practice, but in extreme cases, even criminal prosecution, warns Ben A. Rich, JD, PhD, emeritus professor of internal medicine (Bioethics) at UC Davis School of Medicine. Malpractice lawsuits alleging the physician’s prescribing led to drug-addicted patients are another concern.