Advanced Ethics for the Healthcare Professional: 2 Hours (.2 CEUs)

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Course Description:

This advanced course in healthcare ethics will provide a brief summary of the philosophy of ethics.  In addition, it will incorporate these theories with contemporary healthcare issues of regulation, reimbursement, and the delivery of care.  It includes a combination of lecture and case studies.  The APTA Code of Ethics will be incorporated into the more complex clinical scenarios that are presented.  Areas of clinical ethical controversy and consensus will be provided.

This course is presented in an online PowerPoint® format with audio lecture for each slide. Approximate length to take the course, including audio lecture and all written material, is 2 hours.

Approval Number: WPTA #15540, 14S1007, PE140022968, 56111TX, 56111ETX, This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2 CCUs towards the ethics and professional responsibility  requirement for PTs and PTAs.

Course Outline

Advanced Healthcare Ethics for the Rehabilitation Professional Course Outline


2 Hours

1. Ethics is the field of philosophy that deals with moral conduct
2. Ethics
a. Duties, rights and obligations
b. Consequences
c. Virtue or character
d. Context, environment, and situation
e. Values
3. Values
a. Standards for what is desired; good vs. bad
b. Value classification impacts decisions
c. Varies by society and culture
4. APTA Code of Ethics
a. APTA Core Values
b. Accountability, Altruism, Compassion, Excellence, Integrity, Professional Duty, Social Responsibility
c. APTA Code of Ethics
d. Physical therapists shall respect the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals.
5. APTA Code of Ethics
a. Physical therapists shall be trustworthy and compassionate in addressing the rights and needs of patients/clients.
6. APTA Code of Ethics
a. Physical therapists shall be accountable for making sound professional judgments.
7. APTA Code of Ethics
a. Physical therapists shall demonstrate integrity in their relationships with patients/clients, families, colleagues, students, research participants, other health care providers, employers, payers, and the public.
8. APTA Code of Ethics
a. Physical therapists shall fulfill their legal and professional obligations.
9. APTA Code of Ethics
a. Physical therapists shall enhance their expertise through the lifelong acquisition and refinement of knowledge, skills, abilities, and professional behaviors.
10. APTA Code of Ethics
a. Physical therapists shall promote organizational behaviors and business practices that benefit patients/clients and society.

11. APTA Code of Ethics
a. Physical therapists shall participate in efforts to meet the health needs of people locally, nationally, or globally.
12. APTA Guide for Professional Conduct
a. Interpreting the Code of Ethics
13. Ethical Decision Making
a. Identify the problem
b. Generate options for potential actions
c. Identify major duties, rights, consequences, and virtues for all legitimate stakeholders
d. Recognize conflicts between ethical principles and prioritize
e. Use moral creativity to reach a compromise and preserve values
f. Implement, and assess the outcomes
14. Legal Considerations
a. State Practice Act
b. Insurance Laws (State)
c. Medicare and Medicaid Regulations
d. Work Comp Laws (State)
e. Business Laws (Federal and State)
f. Organizational Policies and Procedures
15. State Practice Acts
a. Scope of practice
b. Delegation of care
c. Referral requirements
d. Duty to refer
e. Supervision parameters
16. Decision Making Process
a. Healthcare System
17. Healthcare Ethics
a. Case Scenario- Delegation of Care
18. Healthcare Ethics
a. Case Scenario- Delegation of Care
19. Healthcare Ethics
a. Case Scenario- Informed Consent
20. Healthcare Ethics
a. Case Scenario- Informed Consent for Research
21. Healthcare Ethics
a. Case Scenario- Anti-Kickbacks
22. Healthcare Ethics
a. Case Scenario- Financial Hardship

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will have a better understanding of the following:
* Discuss new developments in regulation and healthcare system approaches to ethical issues applicable to rehabilitation professionals, including a review of the current APTA Codes of Ethics, and current state practice acts.
* Explain the implications of ethics as it relates to all aspects of patient care and health care delivery in institutional and private practice settings
* Discuss the effect of ethics on patients, their families, other healthcare providers, and society.
* Apply philosophies of ethics to current payment policies of major payers.
* Discuss regulatory requirements in the context of healthcare ethics.

Presenter: Bridget Morehouse, MPT, MBA

Bridget Morehouse, PT, MBA is a practicing physical therapist and payer relations specialist in Bolingbrook, IL. She earned her Master of Physical Therapy and Masters in Business Administration in 2001 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She currently holds a position as adjunct faculty for Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, teaching healthcare policy, business administration, and professional issues. Ms. Morehouse is the owner of Morehouse Consulting where she serves as a payment consultant for many outpatient practices and rehab agencies. She also serves as the payer relations specialist for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. She has held positions related to payer relations with the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
*Handouts available for downloading/printing to all courses.

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