Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Insurance Fraud, Minors and Privilege, Neglect

According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, which is an organization founded in 1985 by several private health [...]

Mental Illness and Treating Dangerous Patients

It seems that each time there is a mass shooting, followed by an outcry for gun control legislation (and improvements to school [...]

Reminders and Information to Avoid Liability

Advertisements by licensed mental health practitioners must not be false, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive. Care should therefore be [...]

TERMINATION AND REFERRAL – When Does the Duty to the Patient End?

One aspect of termination and referral that I have not previously written about involves the issue of follow-through after a referral [...]

SCOPE OF COMPETENCE/SCOPE OF LICENSE

May a licensed marriage and family therapist, psychologist, LCSW, or a licensed professional clinical counselor provide a patient or [...]

HIPAA’s PRIVACY RULE and STATE PRIVACY/CONFIDENTIALITY LAWS – CONFLICTS

Mental health practitioners and health care entities must determine whether or not they are “covered providers” or “covered entities” [...]

Advocacy – A Caution

Licensed mental health practitioners may sometimes act as advocates (sometimes unwittingly) for their patients (e.g., contesting [...]

Potpourri

Advocate – Health care practitioners do not typically think of themselves as advocates for their patients. They are treatment [...]

Conflicts

Mental health practitioners may encounter conflicts, or what is also referred to as “conflicts of interest,” during the course of [...]

CONFIDENTIALITY

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of psychotherapy and most patients expect it. Many patients, however, perhaps most, are not aware of [...]

CONFIDENTIALITY – Death of Patient

While thankfully not an everyday occurrence, it is not a rarity that a patient unexpectedly dies during the course of treatment or [...]

Treating Children

Licensed mental health practitioners treat children both with and without the consent of one or both parents. It is not uncommon for [...]

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