Ethical Considerations for Voice and Upper Airway Clinicians
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These Perspectives (SIG 3) articles address ethical considerations for voice and upper airway clinicians. Speech language pathologists are responsible to conduct clinical and business activities ethically, legally, and with a high level of integrity. Billing questions and reimbursement issues that often arise related to ever-changing insurance regulations and Medicare guidelines will be addressed. Additionally, factors that guide ethical decision-making to determine what comprises medically necessary voice therapy that involves or targets singing voice will be presented.
will be able to:
- describe differences among error, waste, negligence, abuse, and fraud
- discuss frequently encountered misconceptions related to clinical regulations and/or billing for clinical services related to voice evaluation and/or voice therapy.
- discuss key factors that distinguish voice therapy approaches from singing lessons within the context of ethical principles