the functional guidelines that we operate under as an SLP
Reasons for the Code of Ethics
· Safeguard consumers and clients
· Maintain professional reputation
· Regulate professional behavior
· Consultation and guidance
· External code to self-imposed ethics
· Quality assurance measure
Core Principals of the Code of Ethics
Ensures that our interactions with our clients provide
Dignity, Protection, Autonomy
· It provides these things for both of us (client and
· We do not guarantee improvement (this protects from
Beneficence and Nonmaleficence
Prognosis and Cures
Explain non discrimination
We can say that we are not qualified to work with a specific client, but that we are willing to
get the training. This is not discrimination.
we need to be referring clients to other professionals and we need to keep track of when we are referring and our conversations with the client so that we cannot be backed into a corner. We MUST keep track of these things.
Explain and Give Examples
we cannot treat anyone unless they want to be treated.
IEP – Individualized Educational Plan
IFEP – Individualized Family Educational Plan
What is our confidentiality document
health insurance portability and accountability act
Explain Prognosis and Cures
we are never going to guarantee that we can help a client
a prognosis statement is a prediction of what can happen with therapy (poor, good, excellent)
If there is a poor prognosis give the client the information and they may choose not to do it. Also, we must be very careful about how much time you spend with them because in the long run we will not get paid for it.
To provide infection control you must..
always know the medical history of that client
wash your hands
True or False: you can be the carrier of the receiver of an infection
How should Competence be measured?
Effective diagnostic procedures
Accurate prognosis – what their chances of improvement are.
Appropriate therapy strategies
Ongoing analysis of outcomes
When in a nursing home and the doctor says that the prognosis is poor, what has happened?
The doctor will say that prognosis is poor because that allows the person to be put in a nursing home. But this is the admitting prognosis NOT the SLP prognosis so we still need to do one!
Challenges of the Code of Ethics
Competition (with other SLPs)
Managed care - payment
Scope of Practice
Competition is allowed and encouraged but it must...
be professional and in good spirit and well as be politically appropriate
Explain Service Eligibility
It is the criteria that makes someone eligible for services
This changes from site to site
Driven by federal law, state law, and even the facility and we must meet the most stringent of these
Can there be reasons for discharge that do not involve the child?
Yes, reasons can be due to parent's misbehavior, inability to pay for services, etc.
Explain the challenges of managed care - payment.
How can someone get the best bang for their buck
Try to stay calm
Sometimes we have to write letters (justification) to get payment for services extended
We have to be proactive for these people
The Scope of Practice provides us with...
resources and evidence based practices
information about technology
The Scope of Practice is..
constantly being revised
available on the ASHA website - visit frequently
check the state association websites too
Explain the challenge of paraprofessionals
we are the highest qualified provider and therefore we need to be supervising parapros.
If you see and SLP doing something unethical what is the hierarchy that you must follow to report this?
First - them
Second - their supervisor
Third - the credentialing board
Finally - ASHA
each of these will require that you follow the hierarchy - you are not allowed to go out of order