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Code of Ethical Conduct

Code of Ethical Conduct at Schuylkill Rehabilitation CenterSRC employees shall strive to maintain high standards of competence in their work. They recognize the boundaries and limitations of their expertise and professional relationship. Using only those services and techniques for which they are qualified by education, training or experience, employees will recognize the need for ongoing education to maintain knowledge of relevant professional information related to the services they render. SRC will assist to make available the use of scientific, professional, technical, and administrative resources toward that end.

SRC employees will seek to promote integrity in the practice of rehabilitative services. In this pursuit, employees will be honest, fair, and respectful of others. They shall not make statements or conduct themselves in ways that presents a conflict of interest or misrepresent themselves, their qualifications, or the organization.

SRC employees will consult with, refer to, and cooperate with other professionals and institutions to the extent needed to serve the best interest of the patients. Employees will be concerned with the ethical compliance of their colleagues and consult with them to prevent or avoid unethical conduct.

SRC employees must protect and promote the rights, dignity, health, and safety of the person served and others. They will respect the rights to privacy, confidentiality, and individual differences as related to age, sex, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, etc. Employees will not knowingly participate in or support discriminatory practices or biases.

SRC employees will respect the law and strive to contribute to the welfare of those whom they interact professionally avoiding or minimizing any type of harm. They will not mislead or exploit the person served or others during or after the professional relationship.

SRC employees must be concerned about and work toward improving the quality of life for the persons served. SRC recognizes and supports the financial burden and civic responsibility to participate in activities, which will benefit the community and improve rehabilitative services.

SRC employees will inform as early as possible the person served the compensation and billing arrangements. SRC will not exploit or misrepresent fees and will follow laws consistently. If anticipated financial limitations may require limited services, this will be discussed with the person served as early as possible. If payment does not occur as agreed and the person served has been made aware with sufficient time given collection efforts can be made. SRC will not withhold records solely due to nonpayment.

SRC employees will have a primary obligation to take reasonable precautions to uphold confidentiality. Employees shall only discuss confidential information without consent only for appropriate scientific or professional purposes directly related to the facility or when permitted by law for a valid purpose. Witnessing of documents provided by SRC will occur after informed consent is obtained from the patient using language that is reasonably understandable. Termination of services will occur when the referring physician recommends discharge as the service is not reasonably necessary, is not benefiting, not compiling with, or is being harmed.

SRC employees provide services only within the boundaries of their competence based on their individual education/ training/experience and undertake ongoing efforts to maintain their competence. Delegation of tasks would only be given to those employees who hold the competence to complete that task. Each employee also abides by the code of ethics of their own discipline.

SRC employees will not engage in any acts of fraud, waste, abuse or other wrongdoings. They will also report any of those acts to management knowing there is a no-reprisal approach to reporting and prompt investigations with decisions are rendered appropriately. Contractual staff will follow the same employee obligations on ethical conduct.

SRC employees shall not advertise or make other public statements (including but are not limited to: paid or unpaid advertising, directory listings, interviews, resumes, lectures, brochures) to ensure that they are not false, deceptive, or misleading.

SRC employees shall not solicit patients who, by nature, are known to be vulnerable to influence and information while being treated. Direct service providers shall not accept payments, gratuities, or monetary gifts from the person served, nor should they engage in fund raising for personal gain. The personal property of the person served shall be reasonably secured and not transferred to the SRC staff.