Securing Patient Informed Consent and Avoiding Sexual Harassment
Keeping in mind our obligation to honor the moral and legal premise of patient/client autonomy and respect, we will explore the key issues surrounding securing informed patient consent for physical therapy. Both professional ethical guidance and legal guidance will be explored. In addition, we will also address the circumstances where challenges exist in communication, understanding and execution of consent and outline solutions to those challenges. Additional focus will be on the unique and contemporary challenges of proactively avoiding sexual harassment claims by patients and employees.
About The Speaker(s)
Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University, and completed her Transitional DPT in 2010. She served as a Network Administrator for a group of 50+ private practice clinics where her primary responsibilities included marketing, payer and provider relations and contract management. In addition Dr. Steffes is active in her profession on the Nominating Committee for the Private Practice Section of APTA, and the WPTA, serving as the Chapter’s Reimbursement Specialist. She is President/Consultant of Steffes & Associates, a rehabilitation consulting service. She provides consulting services to rehab providers nation-wide.
Bailey Steffes is a member of Quarles & Brady Health Law Practice Group. Her practice includes assisting hospitals, hospital systems, practitioners, pharmacies and prescription drug distributors with health care transactions and various regulatory and compliance matters. Bailey has experience with the following issues: Telemedicine Regulations; Provider Licensure and Credentialing; Corrective Action and Peer Review; Medicare Conditions of Participation; and HIPAA.