Board of Ethics Decisions The ASHA Board of Ethics has found two members in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics (2010). As evidenced by errors and omissions in billing records, treatment notes, and agency communications, and by submitting billing records and treatment notes indicating services had been rendered without the provision of such ... ASHA News
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ASHA News   |   December 01, 2014
Board of Ethics Decisions
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN5.19122014.60
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN5.19122014.60
The ASHA Board of Ethics has found two members in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics (2010).
As evidenced by errors and omissions in billing records, treatment notes, and agency communications, and by submitting billing records and treatment notes indicating services had been rendered without the provision of such services, Kimberly Hunley, of Hickory, North Carolina, a member certified in speech-language pathology, violated the following principles:
Principle of Ethics I: Individuals shall honor their responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of persons they serve professionally or who are participants in research and scholarly activities and they shall treat animals involved in research in a humane manner.
Principle I, Rule M: Individuals shall adequately maintain and appropriately secure records of professional services rendered, research and scholarly activities conducted, and products dispensed, and they shall allow access to these records only when authorized or when required by law.
Principle I, Rule O: Individuals shall not charge for services not rendered, nor shall they misrepresent services rendered, products dispensed, or research and scholarly activities conducted.
Principle of Ethics III: Individuals shall honor their responsibility to the public by promoting public understanding of the professions, by supporting the development of services designed to fulfill the unmet needs of the public, and by providing accurate information in all communications involving any aspect of the professions, including the dissemination of research findings and scholarly activities, and the promotion, marketing, and advertising of products and services.
Principle III, Rule D: Individuals shall not misrepresent research, diagnostic information, services rendered, results of services rendered, products dispensed, or the effects of products dispensed.
Principle III, Rule E: Individuals shall not defraud or engage in any scheme to defraud in connection with obtaining payment, reimbursement, or grants for services rendered, research conducted, or products dispensed.
The sanction is revocation of membership and certification for 24 months, effective Sept. 10, 2014.
As evidenced by not providing direct (onsite) supervision of speech-language pathology assistants and by billing for SLPAs’ services as if those services were provided by an SLP, Patricia McCown, of Miami, Florida, a member certified in speech-language pathology, violated the following principles:
Principle I: Individuals shall honor their responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of persons they serve professionally or who are participants in research and scholarly activities, and they shall treat animals involved in research in a humane manner.
Principle I, Rule F: Individuals who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence may delegate tasks related to provision of clinical services to assistants, technicians, support personnel, or any other persons only if those services are appropriately supervised, realizing that the responsibility for client welfare remains with the certified individual.
Principle I, Rule O: Individuals shall not charge for services not rendered, nor shall they misrepresent services rendered, products dispensed, or research and scholarly activities conducted.
Principle III: Individuals shall honor their responsibility to the public by promoting public understanding of the professions, by supporting the development of services designed to fulfill the unmet needs of the public, and by providing accurate information in all communications involving any aspect of the professions, including the dissemination of research findings and scholarly activities, and the promotion, marketing, and advertising of products and services.
Principle III, Rule E: Individuals shall not defraud or engage in any scheme to defraud in connection with obtaining payment, reimbursement, or grants for services rendered, research conducted, or products dispensed.
The sanction is withholding of membership and certification for 12 months, effective Sept. 9, 2014.
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