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Code of Ethics

Shawnee Health Service

Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards

  1. Uphold the mission, values and ethics of Shawnee Health Services. Integrity, quality, competency,
    accountability, respect, innovation and collaboration shall be incorporated into SHS’s day-to-day
    operations.
  2. Continually work to improve the quality of care. Shawnee Health Service will work to identify and meet the health and social service needs of the community it serves. The admission, transfer and discharge of patients/clients are conducted in an ethical manner and in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
  3. Treat patients/clients in a manner that preserves their dignity, autonomy, self-esteem, civil rights, right to treatment and involvement in their own care. Effectiveness and safety of care, treatment, and services shall not depend on the patient/client’s ability to pay. Patient/client information shall be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law.
  4. Adhere to open and honest business practices. No false or misleading information will be intentionally
    entered into the business records. All business records shall be maintained for the respective retention
    period and in accordance with the appropriate policy.
  5. Enhance the dignity and image of Shawnee Health Service through positive public information. All SHS employees and associates shall be honest in all public statements and publicity.
  6. Secure and keep confidential SHS’s business and personnel information.
  7. Promote competitive procurement. Selection of subcontractors, suppliers and vendors shall be made
    on the basis of objective criteria that include quality, technical excellence, price, delivery, timeliness,
    service and maintenance.
  8. Follow policies that are designed to prevent employing or billing for services rendered by an individual or entity that is excluded, suspended, debarred or ineligible to participate in federal and state health care programs.
  9. Decline all gifts and other incentives that would improperly influence relationships or business outcomes pursuant to SHS policy. This policy applies to both the giving and receiving of gratuities. Board members and employees of SHS shall disclose any direct or indirect financial or personal interests that pose potential or actual conflicts of interest.
  10. Maintain a work environment that is free from harassment (sexual or other), coercion of any kind
    (especially to perform illegal or unethical acts), and discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed,
    national origin, religion, sex, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental handicap, unfavorable military discharge, sexual orientation or age. SHS acknowledges that an employee may request to be relieved from participating in a care of a patient/client in a situation where there may be a conflict with deeply held cultural values, sense of ethics or religious beliefs. SHS ensures that patient/client care and treatment are not compromised if such a request is granted.
  11. Employ and follow policies for the protection of the health and safety of employees, visitors, volunteers and patients/clients.
  12. Comply with all legal and regulatory requirements that are applicable to SHS and its operations.
    Business decisions shall not be made that compromise this Code, the Corporate Compliance Program,
    or the law.
  13. Report ethical and compliance violations to the immediate supervisor, the Corporate Compliance Officer or the Compliance Helpline.

Data/management P&P/code of ethics SHS Board Approval Date: 5/19/05 Review Date(s): 12/09

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