Board of Ethics Decisions The ASHA Board of Ethics has found Juliane Sardina of Miami, Florida, a member certified in speech-language pathology, in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics (2010). By not providing direct (onsite) supervision of speech-language pathology assistants and by billing for SLPAs’ services as if those services were provided by ... ASHA News
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Board of Ethics Decisions
The ASHA Leader, February 2015, Vol. 20, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN6.20022015.62
The ASHA Leader, February 2015, Vol. 20, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN6.20022015.62
The ASHA Board of Ethics has found Juliane Sardina of Miami, Florida, a member certified in speech-language pathology, in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics (2010).
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, Sardina 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 of Ethics 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 of Ethics 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, 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 Nov. 11, 2014.
The ASHA Board of Ethics has found Belinda Worley of Jefferson City, Missouri, a member certified in speech-language pathology, in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics (2003 and 2010).
By inappropriate billing of 318 claims for individual services when those services were provided simultaneously and billed by other allied health professionals, Worley violated the following principles and rules:
Principle I: Individuals shall honor their responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of persons they serve professionally or [who are (2010)] participants in research and scholarly activities, and [they (2010)] shall treat animals involved in research in a humane manner.
Principle I, Rule O (2010)/Rule M (2003): Individuals shall not charge for services not rendered, nor shall they misrepresent services rendered, products dispensed, or research and scholarly activities conducted.
Principle IV (2003): Individuals shall honor their responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues, students, and members of allied professions. Individuals shall uphold the dignity and autonomy of the professions, maintain harmonious interprofessional and intraprofessional relationships, and accept the professions’ self-imposed standards.
Principle IV (2010): Individuals shall honor their responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues, students, and members of other professions and disciplines.
Principle IV, Rule C (2010)/ Rule B (2003): Individuals shall not engage in dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation [, sexual harassment, or any other form of conduct that adversely reflects on the professions or on the individual’s fitness to serve persons professionally (2003)].
The sanction is censure, effective Dec. 4, 2014.
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