Running head: LAW ASSINGMENT
1. From the first e-Activity, interpret the role that common law has played in health
care in the United States. Assess the level at which common law has impacted
overall decisions related to healthcare policy. Provide two (2) specific examples to
support your rationale.
Common Law is the duty of healthcare professionals to protect the confidentiality and privacy of
their patients’ health records. They are also required to keep the patients informed of what is
going into their health records and who has access to the information. In relation to healthcare
policy, common law has a major impact on overall decisions. For instance, medical conditions
and treatments are noted in a patients chart and is reviewed when a patient is applying for health
care coverage. The information can be used to either approve, deny, or change the coverage level
of an individual. Also, treatment pl...