professional a contract that openly defies any of the tenets, the contract will be refused. Managing legal risks is a major challenge for health care administrators. It is crucial that health care professionals have an understanding of the laws relating to health care contracts. However, every effort must be made to establish safeguards to protect the public, employees, and the organization (Dearmon, 2000). These legal risks are malpractice, negligence, breach of confidentiality, and HIPAA violation. Administrators continuing to practice risk management can be beneficial for the organization. A contract regardless of type only need two requirements to be considered valid. All parties must be in agreement and something of value must be exchanged or a promise to exchange goods and services. A patient or provider would do well ensuring his or her verbal contract and all parties involved understand, willing, and able to provide the services requested. Contracts in writing should be written clearly and concise. The contract should state what the terms and expectations should be. There should also be terminology that includes what happens if there is a breach of contract. Avoiding ethical risks health professionals should research and follow the four ethical tenets of the medical profession. Managing legal risks the health professional should know the
HEALTH CARE CONTRACTS DISCUSSION QUESTION TEAM C 3 laws that would relate to said contract. The health professional should do his or her best to uphold the safeguards that would result in any legal risks. A contract that would meet legal requirements would need to have two parties in agreement and something of value exchanged.
HEALTH CARE CONTRACTS DISCUSSION QUESTION TEAM C 4 References Dearmon, V. (2000). Risk Management and Legal Issues. Retrieved from Nolo. (2013). Contracts 101: Make a Legally Valid Contract. Retrieved from Nursing Link. (2013). Ethics in Managed Care Contracting. Retrieved from
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