Totally Lost

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Case Study
Andre J. Hopp
September 24, 2013
Frieda Taylor

Case Study
Today’s health care system is larger and busier than ever. Increased demand for services coupled with a limited number of providers, creates unique demands on an already strained system. Medical practices rely heavily on staff members to perform a myriad of function, both clinical and administrative. Occasionally, staff members may be asked by either physician or patients to perform duties that fall outside their scope of practice. Should an unqualified employee choose to operate outside his or her scope of practice, they run the risk of committing both negligent and criminal acts. In the case study of Jerry McCall, an office assistant with limited medical training, one sees a clear case of negligent and criminal conduct.
The case study presents a scenario where an office assistant in a private physician’s office is asked by a patient to authorize a prescription for a Schedule III controlled medication. Additional information reveals that he is currently the only person in the office. Although Jerry is a Licensed Practical Nurse and medical assistant, his training does not permit him to prescribe medications of any type. Medications may only by prescribed by licensed providers who hold a valid registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is typically limited to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. There does however, exist a situation win which it would be permissible for Jerry to provide the patient with a valid prescription. This would require him to be acting as an agent of a physician who either wrote or verbally communicated a prescription order. According to the statutes in title 21 of the Federal Code of Regulations, “Communication by Facsimile or Oral Communication of a Valid Prescription for a Schedule III, IV, or V Controlled…...

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