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Ron Scott

PT, JD, EdD

Dr. Scott is a health law attorney-mediator and educator. He is a faculty member at Rocky Mountain University, the University of Montana, Rehab Essentials, and MedBridge Inc. Dr. Scott's principal teaching interests include healthcare ethics, law, management, and policy.

He developed two widely utilized health professional practice tools: the systems approach to ethical decision-making and the four-quadrant legal-ethical issues practice grid. Dr. Scott is the author of 13 textbooks, most recently Legal Aspects of Documenting Patient Care, 4th edition (Jones & Bartlett, 2013).

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Hawaii Jurisprudence and Ethics for Physical Therapists (2023–2024)

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Hawaii Jurisprudence and Ethics for Physical Therapists (2023–2024)

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This course is approved by the Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy. You must take the course and pass the quizzes with an 80% average to receive an approved certificate. We check completions once a month. We send out approved certificates to the email on the account. For scores less than 80%, we send out communication to retake the learning assessment.
This course provides detailed coverage of Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), and ethics relevant to Hawaii PTs and PTAs. This course will cover the APTA's Code of Ethics for the physical therapist, including the preamble and eight principles, and the five roles of a physical therapist. The course will explore how these principles play out in the day-to-day actions of the PT and PTA. The course will provide detailed coverage of the laws and rules for physical therapists in Hawaii so that they can operate lawfully and in compliance with state statutes.

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Medical Spanish for Rehabilitation Professionals

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Medical Spanish for Rehabilitation Professionals

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Video Runtime: 51 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 30 Minutes

This course provides learners with a concise introduction to elemental conversational and medical Spanish. It is designed for health professionals at all levels and utilizes low-pressure, incremental acquisition learning strategies. The course includes a basic review of fundamental rules of grammar, followed by introduction of conversational words and phrases used by clinicians to greet, intake, treat, and conclude professional interactions with Hispanic patients having limited English proficiency. Role-play exercises with a native Spanish speaker include ambulation with assistive devices (crutches and walker), appointment cancellation, pain evaluation, and coronavirus dialogue. Useful words and phrases are collected in an easy-to-use two-way glossary for ready later reference.

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Business Law and Ethics for Physical Therapists and Health Professionals

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Business Law and Ethics for Physical Therapists and Health Professionals

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Video Runtime: 79 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 14 Minutes

This course provides a concise overview of current business law issues and concerns impacting physical and occupational therapists and all rehabilitation professionals in every practice setting. Coverage begins with discussion of health care malpractice management and prevention and includes a case study. Employment law and ethics topics include monitoring employees, preventing sexual harassment and misconduct, minimizing workplace violence, and participating in pro bono patient care and community service. Contract ethicolegal considerations focus on restrictive employment covenants imposed upon employees and others in health care settings. HIPAA and other current business law and ethics issues, including attorney-client relations, intellectual property rights, nondiscrimination in employment, and professional advertising, round out the one-hour discussion. Case studies are also included for the latter three topic areas.

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Alabama Physical Therapy Practice Act & Rules, Jurisprudence & Ethics

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Alabama Physical Therapy Practice Act & Rules, Jurisprudence & Ethics

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Video Runtime: 96 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 46 Minutes

This course provides a concise summary of the Alabama Physical Therapy Practice Act and Board of Physical Therapy Administrative Code. It also includes discussion of health care jurisprudence and professional ethics. The course is designed for Alabama-licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in all practice settings, Alabama-based physical therapy practice owners, and all physical therapists and assistants wishing to conduct a comparative analysis of representative state practice acts. Case hypotheticals are included for analysis.

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Mediating Health Care Disputes

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Mediating Health Care Disputes

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All primary and specialty health professionals face formidable legal challenges to successful lifelong practice, including malpractice exposure, contracting for employment, forming partnerships or limited liability businesses, and maintaining optimal patient/client-provider professional relations, among other practice parameters. This course introduces a little-known or utilized alternatives to taking any and all disputes to court, namely, mediation, one of two forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation involves utilizing (often free-of-charge) a trained attorney or non-attorney specialist mediator to assist parties with civil or criminal disputes (including health care malpractice cases, and disputes within health professional academic and employment settings, among others) to amicably and civilly resolve their issues without resort to initiating or continuing in the formal litigation system. Mediation and its related process, binding arbitration, are less formal than litigation, less costly, resolved in less time, in most cases, without a written record. The course concludes with a discussion on how health professionals themselves may become mediators for their specialty areas of expertise, again, often at no- or low-cost, through attending county or parish dispute resolution center-sponsored basic mediator courses, offered regularly throughout the year. This course is targeted toward intermediate to advanced-level professionals and professional students in all disciplines, including, but not limited to, physical, occupational and speech therapy, nursing, athletic training, medicine, and chiropractic.

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Human Resources Management (HRM): A Rehabilitation Focus

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Human Resources Management (HRM): A Rehabilitation Focus

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This case-based course examines current issues and trends in organizational theory, behavior, and culture; leadership and management principles; and human resource management issues. The online viewer will learn to effectively manage human and nonhuman resources to provide optimal quality rehabilitation services based on established plans of care. Ron Scott discusses in depth how to legally and ethically supervise and manage professionals to whom tasks have been delegated in support of patient care service delivery. He reviews how to effectively prevent and manage allegations of workplace sexual harassment and misconduct, including PISBs (patient-initiated sexual behaviors). Through the use of case studies, Ron applies employment law principles to actual scenarios. Upon completion of this course, learners will gain the insight and structure to be able to simultaneously provide optimal quality patient care and practice effective liability risk management in rehabilitation practice settings.

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Ethicolegal Issues for Pediatric Physical Therapists (2024)

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Ethicolegal Issues for Pediatric Physical Therapists (2024)

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This course overviews ethicolegal issues affecting pediatric physical therapists, including: Code of Ethics principles, core values, education law, fiduciary duty to patients under care, HIPAA and children, malpractice liability exposure and prevention, restrictive contractual covenants ("covenants not to compete"), and the modern blending of health law and professional ethics. The course content is applicable to pediatric physical therapists and assistants in all settings - clinical, educational, academic and home health. Select case studies and clinical vignettes offer model solutions to problems posed. Salient focus topics addressing problem areas with correlation to APTA's Code of Ethics are analyzed. Pre and post course questions assess viewers' knowledge and learning.

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Ethical and Legal Issues in Geriatric Rehabilitation: 2019 Update (2024)

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Ethical and Legal Issues in Geriatric Rehabilitation: 2019 Update (2024)

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This course overviews salient ethicolegal issues facing health professionals who practice and/or teach geriatric rehabilitation and facilitate optimal health and lifestyle maintenance for their geriatric clientele. The current practice environment is fraught with litigation potential. Practitioners need to be cognizant of the multi-level laws (constitutional mandates, statutes, case law, and administrative regulations) affecting them and their geriatric patients and clients, both to self-protect against avoidable liability exposure, and to best serve their patients and clients under care. As fiduciaries, geriatric rehabilitation professionals are charged by law and by professional ethics codes to put patients' and clients' best interests first. The managed care model may make this obligation more difficult to fulfill, as geriatric and other clinical providers are expected to generate more and more revenue for their employing entities. Ethicolegal duties, however, do not change to accommodate managed health care delivery. This course is targeted toward intermediate to advanced-level professionals and professional students in physical, occupational and speech therapy, nursing and, for geriatric recreational athletes, athletic training.

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Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapy Professionals (2024)

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapy Professionals (2024)

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Video Runtime: 98 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 51 Minutes

This course overviews professional ethics relevant to PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and all other rehab professionals. Issues addressed include code of ethics principles and standards for PTs, PTAs, and occupational therapy professionals; core values; fiduciary duty to patients under care; the HIPAA and children rule; malpractice liability exposure and prevention; restrictive contractual covenants ("covenants not to compete"); and the modern blending of health law and professional ethics. The course content is applicable to physical and occupational therapists and assistants in all settings--clinical, educational, academic, home health, and research. Select case studies and clinical vignettes offer model solutions to problems posed. Salient focus topics addressing problem areas with correlation to APTA's and AOTA's Codes of Ethics are analyzed. Pre- and postcourse questions assess viewers' knowledge and learning.

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Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapy Professionals (2024) - 3 Hours

Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

Ethics for Physical and Occupational Therapy Professionals (2024) - 3 Hours

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Video Runtime: 99 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 82 Minutes

This course overviews professional ethics relevant to PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and all other rehab professionals. Issues addressed include code of ethics principles and standards for PTs, PTAs, and occupational therapy professionals; core values; fiduciary duty to patients under care; the HIPAA and children rule; malpractice liability exposure and prevention; restrictive contractual covenants ("covenants not to compete"); and the modern blending of health law and professional ethics. The course content is applicable to physical and occupational therapists and assistants in all settings--clinical, educational, academic, home health, and research. Select case studies and clinical vignettes offer model solutions to problems posed. Salient focus topics addressing problem areas with correlation to APTA's and AOTA's Codes of Ethics are analyzed. Pre- and postcourse questions assess viewers' knowledge and learning.

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