Legal Advisor - Ethical Boundary Violations and How to Avoid Them

Ethical Boundary Violations

Ethical boundaries are the borders and limits of appropriate behavior between health care providers and their patients. Boundary violations encompass a wider spectrum of conduct than those most obvious improprieties. This CME activity explores ethical boundary violations such as relationship, prescribing, sexual misconduct, confidentiality, gift and social media boundaries.

Learning Objectives

  • Restate the Board of Registration in Medicine's role in investigating patient complaints against physicians.
  • Assess the way in which physicians can measure their own activities in relation to ethical boundaries.
  • Discuss some of the different types of boundary violations that can present themselves in the ordinary course of practice.
  • Review the ways in which social media can be beneficial or harmful for a medical practice.


Mathew Mortensen, Content Contributor

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $12.00
Non-MMS Member: $22.00
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60



CME Credit

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , risk management study

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

PAs may claim a maximum of 1  Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

This activity may meet the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive   AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ .

Activity Term

Start: May 29, 2017    
End: May 31, 2018

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:  
Firefox 18.0+  
Chrome 26+  
Safari 5+  
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 


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