Massachusetts Medical Society: Legal Advisor: Legal Obligations in Treating Patients with Disabilities

Legal Advisor: Legal Obligations in Treating Patients with Disabilities

Legal Advisor: Legal Obligations in Treating Patients with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act is often misunderstood, and it can be challenging for providers to comply with its provisions.  Those misunderstandings often result in the inappropriate management of care for disabled patients. Patients with disabilities are entitled to full and equal service, but physicians are faced with difficulties in treating them. The course bluntly states the consequences for not providing adequate accommodations. 

Learning Objectives

  • Restate the legal requirements of medical offices under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
  • Review the practical applications of the ADA to medical professionals.
  • Discuss the common mistakes when treating disabled patients
  • Describe how positive interactions can prevent complaints of discrimination


    Matthew Mortensen, Content Contributor

    Course Fees

    Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $15.00 
    Non-MMS Member: $30.00 
    Allied Health Professionals: $12.00



    CME Credit

    1.00 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  1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

    This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

    MOC Approval Statement 
    Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

    Allergy and Immunology
    Colon and Rectal Surgery
    Family Medicine
    Nuclear Medicine
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Plastic Surgery
    Preventive Medicine
    Psychiatry & Neurology
    Thoracic Surgery

    National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

    Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00  Category 1.00 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

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

    Activity Term

    Original Release Date: May 29, 2017
    Review Date: N/A
    Termination Date: May 29, 2020

    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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