Employer Demands Regarding the April 6 article, “Meeting Focuses on Skilled Nursing Facility Concerns,” I would like to say “bravo” to ASHA for finding a diplomatic way to raise this issue of unreasonable employer demands with the firm representing the interests of rehab agencies. Balancing the needs of the membership with the ... Inbox
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Employer Demands
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  • Denise Rogers, Greenville, S.C.
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Employer Demands
The ASHA Leader, June 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.15072010.2
The ASHA Leader, June 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.15072010.2
Regarding the April 6 article, “Meeting Focuses on Skilled Nursing Facility Concerns,” I would like to say “bravo” to ASHA for finding a diplomatic way to raise this issue of unreasonable employer demands with the firm representing the interests of rehab agencies. Balancing the needs of the membership with the financial liquidity of the organization is no small feat. Now that ASHA has cleared this hurdle, I hope it will continue the discussion, seeking tangible results.
I have concerns about some of the recommendations directed to SLPs on how to address employer demands. Although policies may be written to protect “whistleblowers,” a company’s first priority is to protect itself. Upon reviewing ASHA’s Code of Ethics, previous employers have not hesitated to tell me that they “do not answer to ASHA” and that they “are not bound to follow ASHA’s policy statements.”
Perhaps if these employers knew that their practices were being scrutinized, they would think twice about strong-arming clinicians into having to make a choice between engaging in unethical/illegal practices vs. losing their jobs.
Recently, I sent a letter and copies of personal correspondence (writers’ privacy protected) to Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. Appearing recently on Meet the Press, he discussed how reducing health care fraud would effectively provide the funds to implement many of the proposed reforms. Sen. Schumer hasn’t responded yet, but I hope he takes this message to heart. Perhaps I’ll send him a copy of this article.
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