AMA Journal of Ethics®

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Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. March 2016, Volume 18, Number 3: 195-352.

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Bed to Bench: Medicine and the Law

Ethics Poll

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.

From the Editor

Health Law and Medical Practice
Arina Evgenievna Chesnokova
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:197-200.

Ethics Cases

Ethical Challenges for the Medical Expert Witness
Commentary by Joseph S. Kass and Rachel V. Rose
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:201-208.

Managing Care of an Intrapartum Patient with Agitation and Psychosis: Ethical and Legal Implications
Commentary by Laurence B. McCullough, Frank A. Chervenak, and John H Coverdale
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:209-214.

Expedited Partner Therapy: Clinical Considerations and Public Health Explorations
Commentary by Barry DeCoster, Lisa Campo-Engelstein, and Hilary E. Fairbrother
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:215-228.

How Should Clinicians Treat Patients Who Might Be Undocumented?
Commentary by Jeff Sconyers and Tyler Tate
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:229-236.

Podcast

Medical-Legal Partnerships and the Promise and Challenge of Physician Advocacy: An Interview with Megan Sandel Listen

Medical Education

One Model of Collaborative Learning for Medical and Law Students at the University of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University
Gregory Dolin and Natalie Ram
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:237-242.

State of the Art and Science

Enabling Individualized Criminal Sentencing While Reducing Subjectivity: A Tablet-Based Assessment of Recidivism Risk
Pablo A. Ormachea, Sasha Davenport, Gabe Haarsma, Anna Jarman, Howard Henderson, and David M. Eagleman
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:243-251.

Health Law

Needle Exchange Programs’ Status in US Politics
Richard Weinmeyer
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:252-257.

Policy Forum

Graduate Medical Education Specialty Mix and Geographic Residency Program Maldistribution: Is There a Role for the ACGME?
Thomas J. Nasca and Douglas Carlson
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:258-263.

Shedding Privacy Along with our Genetic Material: What Constitutes Adequate Legal Protection against Surreptitious Genetic Testing?
Nicolle K. Strand
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:264-271.

State Oversight of Hospital Consolidation: Inadequate to Protect Patients’ Rights and Community Access to Care
Christine Khaikin and Lois Uttley
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:272-278.

Privacy Protection in Billing and Health Insurance Communications
Abigail English and Julie Lewis
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:279-287.

Federal Privacy Protections: Ethical Foundations, Sources of Confusion in Clinical Medicine, and Controversies in Biomedical Research
Mary Anderlik Majumder and Christi J. Guerrini
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:288-298.

Medical Malpractice Reform—Historical Approaches, Alternative Models, and Communication and Resolution Programs
Joseph S. Kass and Rachel V. Rose
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:299-310.

Second Thoughts

Undocumented Immigrants Face a Unique Set of Risks from Tuberculosis Treatment: Is This Just?
Kelly A. Kyanko, Jun-Chieh James Tsay, Katherine Yun, and Brendan Parent
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:311-318.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:319-346.

About the Contributors
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:347-352.