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Triad California Law & Ethics Study Group
Triad California Law & Ethics Study Group
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Welcome to the Triad Law and Ethics Study Group!

This study group is moderated by a coach and exam prep expert who has passed the Law and Ethics exam.  The coach and exam prep expert regularly posts study and exam-taking tips, practice questions, words of encouragement, and more.

Once you join the group you can:

  • Gain access to test strategies, motivation and inspiration, recommendations, and more, all tailored to your specific Law and Ethics exam.
  • Connect with others studying for the same exam and create or join smaller, focused study groups.
  • Ask questions about the exam, content, or your study plan in the Study Group and get feedback and recommendations from the Triad coach or another community member.
  • Stay up-to-date with exam changes and updates.

Informed Consent with Evaluation and Research

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  • When appropriate, you should obtain voluntary and written informed consent from your participants:
  1. Without any suggested or actual deprivation or penalty if they refuse to participate;
  2. Without unreasonable inducement to participate;
  3. With due regard for the participants’ well-being, privacy, and dignity
  • When seeking such informed consent, you should:
  1. Provide information about the nature, extent, and duration of the participation requested, and
  2. Disclose the risks and benefits associated with participating in the research.
  • When evaluation or research participants are incapable of giving informed consent, you should: 
  1. Provide an appropriate explanation to them,
  2. To the extent possible, obtain their assent to participate, and
  3. Get written consent from an appropriate proxy.
  • You should not design or conduct evaluation or research that does not require consent procedures (for example, some forms of naturalistic observation and archival research) unless: 
  1. A rigorous and responsible review of the research has found it to be justified due to its potential scientific, educational, or applied value; and 
  2. Equally effective alternative procedures that do not involve a waiver of consent are unavailable.
  • You should notify your participants of their right to withdraw from evaluation and research at any time without penalty. 

My First Instinct was Correct!

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This is a very common issue while answering questions. As you practice during your study process with exam questions, this issue tends to work its way out over time. The temptation to second guess decreases as your confidence increases. Over time, you naturally become more confident as you learn more. Therefore, you become more confident in yourself that you do know the answer!

But what do we do in the meantime while we are waiting for that confidence?

Know that, unless you misread the question, your first instinct, or first answer is going to be correct about 80% of the time. This is a huge percentage!!

So, with that said…leave your first answer EXCEPT for two situations.

  1. You have a “light bulb” insight later and remember new information about that question.
  2. A later question provides more information about the earlier question.

In those times, change your answer. But in all the other times, trust yourself! And over time as you study consistently and effectively, you will be confident that you know the correct answer!



Understanding Our Role with HIPAA's Privacy Rule

HIPAA’s Privacy Rule: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Pay close attention to the areas in italics, and come back for a question related to this topic on Friday!

a. Covered Entities: HIPAA regulations apply to “covered entities,” which include health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses. As defined in HIPAA, “health care” includes counseling for mental conditions and a “health care provider” is any person who furnishes, bills, or is paid for health care in the regular course of their business.

b. Authorization: The Privacy Rule states that a written authorization from the patient is required before a provider discloses PHI except when the information is being disclosed for routine purposes related to treatment, payment, or health care operations (“TPO”) or in other legally defined situations (e.g., when disclosure is necessary to avert a serious threat to the health or safety of the patient or other person). The authorization must include a description of the information to be disclosed; indicate the name and function of the person/entity authorized to use the information; indicate the expiration date of the authorization; and include a statement informing the patient of his/her right to receive a copy of the authorization and to revoke it.

c. Patient Rights: The Privacy Rule grants patients the following rights:

• The Right to Inspect and Receive a Copy of Their PHI: For the most part, HIPAA regulations regarding a patient’s right to inspect and receive a copy of his or her health information... (More)