The Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics
Ethical obligations in any profession are mandatory, is only by sticking strictly to it that the interest of both the clients and the firm can be safeguarded. Regardless of the type of work that anyone is indulged in there are some profession rules that are in place, profession etiquette can include keeping of the clients’ information private. Other professional etiquette includes not reporting to while drunk or reporting to work late without any appropriate reason.
The health sector in the United States of America have put up some professional ethics in place so as to act as a guide on what is required of the health workers to do or not to do. The Health information Management (HIM) has the responsibility of making sure that any private and confidential information of patients protected. Maintenance of all health records with the right information, giving of information to the right people who are allowed to have access to the information. Making sure that any private information regarding a patient is handled in the right manner. The health information management is also tasked with determining the condition under which a patient’s information is released (Weber, 2001).
The health information management is an organization that was formed in the year 1928. The mission of the organization was to make sure that all members of the AHIMA were given some professional responsibility. Professional values are divided into four ethical responsibilities which include providing quality service, safeguarding all medical and financial information. professional values that are related to the public this include advocating for positive change all the time, not participating in any unethical practices, reporting any malpractice to the relevant authority. Professional values in dealing with the employer include complying with all the laid down regulations and rules, and sticking to the policies of the employer. There are other professional values that are related to the individuals this include, honesty, commitment to education and learning for life, self honor and taking part in research work (Weber, 2001).
Violating or not following the code of ethics do not necessarily imply that one has broken the law these can only be ascertained after a legal or judicial proceeding. Normally any allege brought forward of any violation of the code of ethics by any member of the organisation is reviewed by a process known as the “peer review process”. The process however is very different from the legal process as it meant to discipline own members but there are some instances where the violations of the code of ethics can result to being a crime and can be dealt with lawfully (Weber, 2001).
The code of ethics does not guarantee that ethical behavior will be observed furthermore all problems regarding ethical issues cannot be solved by the code of ethics. The code of ethics is only used to provide guidelines but eventually the best ethical behavior can only be achieved as a result of the personal commitment of the employees. The ethical list most of the time consists of things that should be done or not done (Weber, 2001)
Every profession must have some laws that guide them so that they cannot go astray, the ethical values put in place is not there to find fault among the members but it is there to safeguard the interest oh the clients, the workers and even the employees. Even though the code of ethics cannot assure that all the employees will behave appropriately it is still very important. Reference
Weber, L. J. (2001). Business ethics in healthcare: beyond compliance. New York: Indiana University Press.
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