Tag Archives: Avoiding Liability For Mental Health Professionals

Home-Based Office / Making Home Visits

Avoiding Liability Bulletin – December 2022   HOME-BASED OFFICE  A …

Crimes and Confidentiality

HIPAA and state laws recognize the importance of confidentiality, but also recognize that confidentiality is not absolute. There are [...]

CONFIDENTIALITY – High Risk Behavior of Patient

A CPH-insured mental health practitioner requested that I comment on a situation with a patient that raised questions about the duty of [...]

AVOIDING LIABILITY – SOME BASICS

Much of what I write in this monthly column/blog  is about a variety of specific legal topics and issues that affect mental health [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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” [...]

New Texas Abortion Statute

On September 1st, 2021 Texas Senate Bill No. 8, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, became law.  Its intention was to severely limit a [...]

Treating Children

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

Covid-19 Return to In-Person

Practitioners have changed the way they practice as a result of the pandemic, which seems to be moderating, and once again, [...]

Duty to the Patient – When Does It Begin?

Licensed mental health practitioners often discuss the issue and process of termination of treatment, including the question of when [...]