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Deregulating Health Care Ethics Education: A Curriculum Proposal

Author: PETER L. CRUISE
Published in GVER, Vol. 4 No. 3

Ethics education is an important component of health care
management education. However, this article argues that the focus in many
health care management ethics courses is misplaced, as the stress is on the
need for dealing with increasing control of organization actions, corporate
compliance, and issues related to laws and regulations such as the False
Claims Act, qui tam, and whistle blowing. This article suggests that we need a
“deregulated” approach to address the problem of fraud, waste and abuse in
the practice of health care management, and should also incorporate this
approach into health care management ethics education. A deregulated ethics
curriculum for health care management ethics education, using a modified
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
accreditation process informed by virtue ethics as a case example, is
proposed and discussed.

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