Tag Archives: Avoiding Liability For Mental Health Professionals

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 [...]

Immunity from Liability

Mental health practitioners typically purchase malpractice insurance in order to protect themselves from claims and lawsuits seeking [...]

KEEPING TREATMENT RECORDS – HOW MUCH?

From an ethical and legal point of view, a mental health practitioner should keep that amount of records that is consistent with sound [...]

Do You Know Your ABC’s…?

Do You Know Your ABC’s…? A. Advertising that one has been “in practice for seven years,” when in fact the person has been licensed [...]

TELEHEALTH AND COVID 19 – Thoughts and Outlook

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, or Covid-19, the delivery of medical and mental health services via telehealth is garnering [...]

Answers to April Review

In the April 2020 issue of this Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I asked twenty questions on a variety of topics. My answers to those [...]