AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. March 2016, Volume 18, Number 3

Ethics Poll

Bed to Bench: Medicine and the Law

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Poll Question 1

Some physicians treat the sexual partners of patients with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) without actually seeing them in person. This expedited partner therapy (EPT) permits treatment of STIs among people who might not yet know they’ve been exposed or who might be ashamed to see a physician in person about a stigmatized illness. These benefits also come with risks, however. Which is the most important risk that should be considered when determining whether to use EPT?

For an analysis of this set of concepts and EPT, see the March 2016 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Content Question 1

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), health care professionals and members of health care organizations’ office staff may report patients they suspect are undocumented immigrants to local or federal law enforcement personnel.

Find an answer to this question in the March 2016 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

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