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What Falls Under Professional Misconduct in Health Care?

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The victims of professional misconduct have been given a right through law to hold the health care provider accountable for his actions by prosecuting the individual or the hospital, in order to get compensation for the damage done.

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  1. 1. What Falls Under Professional Misconduct in Health Care?Professional misconduct is a legal term in health care as it is closely related to abigger crime known as medical malpractice. When a health care provider suchas doctor, nurse, physician etc, shows behavior outside the bounds of what isconsidered acceptable or worthy of its membership by the health careregulatory bodies and standards of profession. There are many people affectedeach year due to carelessness or incompetence of a health care provider.In terms of law, professional misconduct is an important aspect. Professionalmisconduct and negligence is also termed as medical malpractice. People whohave been victims of medical malpractice can hold the health provideraccountable for his actions by suing the individual or the hospital, in order toget compensation for the damage done.Although the injury or mental trauma experienced by a patient may beirreversible, but there are some law abiding measures we can take by makingsure that we go to doctor or medical practitioner who is certified and never beinvolved in professional misconduct issues.How Professional Misconduct Law Identifies a Culprit Medical Practitioner: • A medical practitioner who obtains a license fraudulently • Practicing beyond authorized scope/privileges, with incompetence and negligence once or more than one occasion. • Practicing while impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical disability, or mental disability. • A medical practitioner is alleged by a professional misconduct law when he accepts or performs professional responsibilities which he knows that he is not capable of. • Delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the practitioner knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified to perform them
  2. 2. • Refusing to provide professional services because of a person’s race, creed, color, or ethnic origin • Abandoning or neglecting a patient in need of immediate professional care • Performing professional services which have not been authorized by the patient or his/her representative • Willfully harassing, abusing, or intimidating a patient, either physically or verbally • Altering or falsifying medical records in such a way that needed information for patient care is omitted or falsifiedConclusion:Creating awareness among the people and addressing threats to health carescore values, especially those stemming from concentration and abuse of poweris the solution to recover that issue. Proper medical practitioner backgroundcheck, credentialing, and medical license verification through medical licensingboards can be excellent methods to protect yourself from the doctors who arethe culprits of professional misconduct. Medical malpractice record searchthrough medical records of doctor can also be helpful in this regard. In the end,advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty and ethics inleadership and governance of health care is essential to create a safe world inhealth care.

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