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Ethics for Rehabilitation Professionals (2019)

presented by Ron Scott

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Financial: Ron Scott receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Ron Scott has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course addresses salient ethical and legal issues facing rehabilitation professionals in practice. The course begins with an overview of the four foundational biomedical ethical principles, core values, and codes of ethics. State practice acts and certification standards, and the “modern blending of law and health professional ethics are also covered. Focus topics follow and include, among others: confidential communications, privacy, and exceptions (including the Tarasoff rule); delegation and supervision of subordinates; ethical decision-making models; gift-giving and receipt; informed consent; HIPAA/HITECH standards and expectations; over- and under-utilization of services; patient and professional autonomy; professional advertising; reimbursement fraud, waste and abuse; and sexual harassment and misconduct (including patient-initiated sexual behaviors). The course concludes with a panel discussion of 14 case exemplars. Pre- and post-learning assessments are also included. This is a general ethics course appropriate for all disciplines.

PLEASE NOTE: This course does NOT cover jurisprudence for any state, only topics related to ethics.

Meet Your Instructor

Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Dr. Scott is a health law attorney-mediator and educator. He is a faculty member at Rocky Mountain University, the University of Montana, Rehab Essentials, and MedBridge Inc. Dr. Scott’s principal teaching interests include health care ethics, law, management, and policy. He developed two widely-utilized health professional practice tools - the systems approach to ethical decision-making…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Pre-Course Self-Assessment, Ethics and Jurisprudence

Assess knowledge of health professional ethics via a pre-assessment and explore classical ethical theories, including deontology, teleology, utilitarianism and virtue ethics, as well as situational ethics. Evaluate similarities and differences among business, organizational and professional ethics in diverse rehabilitation practice settings. Define and distinguish morals, ethics and legal obligations as they impact rehabilitation professionals, compare and contrast professional association ethical standards and state licensing board legal and ethical standards. Examine and apply the four foundational biomedical ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy and justice, and apply them to practice.

2. Special Topics, Ethical Decision-making Models

Evaluate relevant special topics related to autonomy, nonmaleficence, and justice. Apply systematic ethical decision-making models to real and hypothetical cases involving current practice issues. Analyze and internalize core values applicable to rehabilitation professional disciplines. As well as, compare and contrast rehabilitation professional and attorney pro bono expectations.

3. HIPAA, Informed Consent, Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Understand and comply with HIPAA Privacy Rule mandates in clinical practice. Review existing or develop and utilize an easy-to-administer clinical patient informed consent protocol. Take appropriate measures to prevent or minimize allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct (including patient-initiated sexual behaviors) in clinical rehabilitation practice settings.

4. Delegation and Supervision of Patient Care Services

Evaluate the concurrent and sometimes conflicting standards for delegation and supervision of patient care in rehabilitation practice settings. Comply with ethical and legal standards for delegating patient care to extenders in clinical practice and actively advocate for changes to suboptimal or ineffective standards for delegation and supervision of care, as appropriate.

5. Summative Cases and Post-Course Learning Assessment

Evaluate and resolve rehabilitation practice-related case problems, including, among others, gifts receipt, independent professional judgment, over- and underutilization of services, pro bono service delivery, professional advertising, professional relations, reimbursement fraud, sexual harassment and misconduct, and supervision & delegation. Synthesize concepts learned into everyday professional rehabilitation practice.