Standards of Conduct
Professional Review Committee
The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (“BRPT”) is a nonprofit corporation that provides board certification and recertification for sleep technologists who perform polysomnography and related procedures, score and process data; and initiate and monitor associ¬ated therapeutic interventions. BRPT is an independent organization, governed by a Board of Directors (the “Board”) that includes a diverse group of experts in sleep medicine.
For the purposes of these Standards of Conduct (the “Standards”), the term “Committee” shall mean the BRPT Professional Review Committee. The term “Profession” shall mean the field of sleep medicine. “RPSGT Cer¬tificant” shall mean any person who has been awarded or has applied for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist certification by BRPT. “CCSH Certificant” shall mean any person who has been awarded or has applied for the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health certification by BRPT. “CPSGT Certificant” shall mean any person who has been awarded or has applied for the Certified Polysomno0graphic Technician certification by BRPT.
BRPT seeks to encourage, establish and maintain the highest standards, traditions and principles of sleep technologists. CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants should recognize their responsibilities, not only to their patients, but also to society, to other health care professionals and to themselves. CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants are responsible for maintaining and promoting ethical practice. All CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants shall abide by BRPT’s Standards, Rules and Procedures Regarding Ethical and Professional Review Complaints (“Rules and Procedures”), and all other BRPT rules, policies and procedures. BRPT may take disciplinary action against any individual who fails to meet these requirements. Such disciplinary action may include, but not be limited to, sanctions suspending or revoking an CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant’s certification, or declaring an CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant candidate ineligible for certification.
1.2 Ethics, Custom, Competency and the Law
Unethical conduct may involve violations of customs and usages of the Profession as well as actions that violate the law. All CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificants shall provide competent services and shall use all efforts to meet pa¬tient’s sleep medicine requirements. Failure to conform to these Standards, including conduct that violates moral principles, customs and practices of the profession or the law, shall be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the Rules and Procedures. The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall act in the best interests of the patient at all times. Failure to conform to these Standards, including conduct that violates moral principles, customs and practices of the Profession or the law, shall be subject to disciplinary action and ultimate determination by the adjudicative authority as established in the Rules and Procedures. Such disciplinary action depends upon the particular circumstances involved and how the conduct in question reflects upon the dignity and integrity of the Profession.
Depending upon the circumstances, the Committee will take appropriate action, if any, consistent with the Rules and Procedures. Each CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant has a civic and professional obligation to report to the appropriate governmental body any and all evidence that may come to his/her attention involving the alleged criminal conduct of any CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant relating to the practice of sleep medicine.
1.3 Disclosure of Other Agency Actions
Each CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant must promptly, fully and accu¬rately disclose to BRPT any and all findings and actions by any government agency, quasi-government agency, licensing board or other similar health-related agency or body responsible for national, state or local licensing and/or oversight of health or other sleep medicine licenses, certifications or the like (“Other Agencies”). Each CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant must make such disclosure within thirty (30) days from the date of action by any Other Agency. Each CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant must promptly and fully cooperate with BRPT and with Other Agencies.
II. Responsibilities to the Patient
2.1 Confidential Information
All information relating to a patient’s background, condi¬tion, treatment or management plan or any other informa¬tion relating to the RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicant/ Certificant/patient relationship is and shall always remain confidential and may not be communicated to any third party not involved in the patient’s care without the prior written consent of the patient or patient’s legal guardian.
All patient information derived in a workplace from a working relationship among RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certifi¬cants relating to any patient shall be held and always remain confidential by all parties. The confidentiality requirements set forth in this Section 2.1 shall be strictly adhered to by all RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants unless the information is required by court order or it becomes necessary to disclose such information to protect the welfare of the patient and/or the community. In such an event, all disclosures of confidential information shall be in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
2.2 Trust and Honesty
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall be truthful and honest to the patient, the BRPT, their employer and the public in general.
2.3 Fees and Compensation
Fees for sleep medicine services should be reasonable for the services performed, taking into consideration the setting in which the services are provided, the practice costs in the geographic area, the judgment of other related or similar organizations, and other relevant factors. The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall never place his/her own financial interest above the welfare of the patient. The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not engage in false, misleading or deceptive actions in relation to the ultimate cost of the services undertaken or furnished. The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not knowingly submit false or misleading information in requesting reimbursement from third-party payers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private insurers.
2.4 Practice Arrangements
CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants shall not: (i) directly or indirectly request, receive or participate in dividing, transferring, assigning or rebating any funds derived from a referral of a patient to any other individual or entity, whether affiliated with the CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant or otherwise; or (ii) except for the reasonable and customary fees earned for services performed for the patient, profit by means of a credit or other valuable consideration, such as an unearned commission, discount or gratuity for providing sleep medicine services.
2.5 Compliance with Laws and Regulations
CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants shall provide evaluation and therapeutic intervention in accordance with the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they practice.
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall report to BRPT any conduct that appears to violate these Standards.
2.7 Delegation of Responsibility
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not delegate any responsibility requiring unique skills, knowledge or judgment that compromises patient care and safety to a less than qualified person. The primary responsibility for sleep medicine care performed by supporting personnel rests with the delegating CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant. Adequate supervision is required to make certain the patient receives the necessary and appropriate care.
2.8 Public Communication
CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants shall not use, nor participate in any use of, any form of communication containing a false, fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, unfair or sensational statement or claim. CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Applicants/Certificants shall not provide any consideration to any member of the press, radio or television, or other communication medium in exchange for professional publicity in a news item. Each advertisement shall be identified as an advertisement unless it is absolutely clear from the context that it is a paid advertisement.
2.9 Illegal Discrimination
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not decline to accept a patient on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or on any basis that would constitute illegal discrimination.
2.10 Sexual Relations with Patient Prohibited
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not have consensual or nonconsensual sexual relations with a current or former patient of the CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between the CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant and the patient prior to the provision of any sleep medicine services or the CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant has not provided any sleep medicine services to the patient for the one-year period preceding the beginning of the sexual relationship. The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not engage in, require, or demand sexual relations with a patient incidental to or as a condition of any sleep medicine services.
2.11 Sexual Relations with Key Third Parties Prohibited
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not have consensual or nonconsensual sexual relations with a Key Third Party when such relations are based on the use or exploitation of trust, knowledge, influence or emotions derived from a professional relationship. A “Key Third Party” is a person who is closely related to the patient and shall include, but is not limited to, spouses or partners, parents, guardians, surrogates and proxies. Each matter shall be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Factors to be considered shall include: (i) the length of the professional relationship; (ii) the degree of the Key Third Party’s emotional dependence on the CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant; and (iii) the importance of the clinical encounter to the Key Third Party and the patient.
III. Responsibilities to Colleagues and the Profession
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant has the personal responsibility to conduct himself/herself in a manner that will assure the dignity and status of the Profession. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, misusing the certification credential; slandering or libeling another; disparaging former employers; disparaging former employees; and misrepresenting one’s capacity as a provider of services.
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall not, either directly or indirectly, solicit the patronage of individual patients by way of intimidation, threats, harassing conduct, undue influence, coercion, duress, unwarranted promises of benefits or solicitation of a patient who is apparently in a mental condition that impairs his/her personal judgment to make decisions concerning the products or services being offered. The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH shall not solicit a patient in a manner that is inconsistent with his/her obligation to act in a dignified manner as set forth in Standard 3.1 above.
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall maintain the security and prevent the disclosure of CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH credentialing examinations and their content.
IV. Patient Care by Other Healthcare Professionals
4.1 Concern About Care by Other Healthcare Professionals
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant should exercise appropriate respect for other healthcare professionals. Except in the case of emergencies, concerns regarding patient care provided by other such professionals shall be addressed directly to those professionals rather than to the patient. If such concerns rise to the level of criminal violation, incompetence or malpractice, the CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant must immediately notify appropriate facility management and/or authorities.
5.1 Use of Credential
The CPSGT; RPSGT and/or CCSH Certificant shall use the fact that they are credentialed only as evidence of meeting the requisite standard of knowledge and competency in the Profession as defined by the BRPT.
Trademarks and Copyrights
The BRPT has trademarked both in the USA and interna¬tionally the following marks:
»»Registered Polysomnographic Technologist
»»Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
»»Certification in Clinical Sleep Health
»»Certified Polysomnographic Technologist
In addition, all test materials and all publications of the BRPT both printed and electronic are copyrighted. These trademarks and copyrights are protected under US and International law. Any unauthorized use of these marks or copyrights are prohibited and violations are subject to prosecution under the applicable laws. In order to use any of these marks or portions of these materials individuals or organizations must obtain prior approval in writing from the BRPT office.
Individuals may use BRPT only as long as certification remains valid and in good standing. The proper use of the credential is to use the acronym (e.g., RPSGT) after the individuals’ name. Individuals may not use the credential until they have received specific written notification that they have successfully completed all requirements, including passing the examination and documenting the specified experience.
Certificants must comply with all recertification requirements to maintain use of the credential. Except as permitted by this policy, any use or display of BRPT certification marks and/or logos without the prior written permission of the BRPT is prohibited.