As clinical professionals, we are responsible for upholding the code of ethics and standards of practice from our national associations of ASHA, AOTA and APTA, as well as those of our respective state associations. In addition, we are held accountable to our work setting organizations’ policies and procedures which are often federally mandated, to include additional ethical requirements and responsibilities to work within the given guidelines. When all these are combined and added to the requirements for electronic health records, online clinical documentation, cloud-based storage systems, as well as the expectation to promptly share clinical updates and patient functional status with remote caregivers and family members, the challenges of layered rules and ethical decisions can be daunting. Therefore, healthcare providers have found that meeting the expectations for prompt information and many communication processes often challenge their ability to maintain confidentiality and patient privacy.
This course reviews the significant related risks for clinicians within the realm of communications, which could lead to actions such as a disciplinary investigation at work, a federal investigation of a possible HIPAA violation, a disciplinary investigation by the state licensing board, and a civil lawsuit filed by an aggrieved patient. Recommendations are shared to safeguard the clinician from such risks, with guidelines and an ethical model of practice in a fast-paced and technologically advancing environment.
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- Medical Record Information Sharing
- Inter-Professional Collaboration - prevention of the Scope Creep
- Considerations for EHR Documentation
- Common Ethical Issue: Confidentiality
- Actual cited HIPAA Violations
- What is HIPAA?
- Updates to the HIPAA Law
- What Information Must Be Protected?
- Principals within the AOTA Code of Ethics which relate to Confidentiality and communication systems and records
- Principals within the APTA Code of Ethics which relate to Confidentiality and communication systems and records
- Principals within the ASHA Code of Ethics which relate to Confidentiality and communication systems and records
- An Ethical Decision-making Tool: CELIBATE
- Violations of HIPAA and Client Confidentiality
- Communication Guidelines in the Electronic Age
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on navigating the risks and protect themselves from fines, disciplinary actions and legal battles.
- List at least 4 areas of concern where healthcare professionals should focus to prevent ethical dilemmas
- Cite example ethical and HIPAA violations found to be common in healthcare practice
- Cite the key requirements under the HIPAA Privacy
- Identify the principles of each discipline’s code of ethics that govern practice confidentiality, clinical communication and inter-professionalism
- Identify a decision-making model to assist in analyzing challenges and to determine a process that complies with ethical expectations
- List recommendations for ethical electronic communication practices to assure client confidentiality and HIPAA guidelines
"Seminar-On-Demand" course are streamed on your web browser if the online version if purchased. Our SODs are optimized for the most current versions of Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. A current version of Adobe Flashplayer is also required when viewing on a desktop or laptop computer. All SOD courses are mobile ready.
Contact Hours: 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
This course is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Lisa Milliken is employed by Select Rehabilitation and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.