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Digital Seminar

Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Georgia


Faculty:
Lois Fenner
Duration:
Approx. 6 Hours
Copyright :
May 20, 2020
Product Code:
POS048620
Media Type:
Digital Seminar - Also available: Live Webcast


Description

Without the proper legal awareness needed to stay in compliance, you may face grave legal and financial consequences. This recording will show you how to continue to help the people you’ve been trained to help while still protecting yourself from many legal pitfalls. If you purchase only one seminar this year, make it this one.

Attorney Lois Fenner will lead you throughout an entertaining and enlightening day, leaving you with a greater understanding of the latest Georgia laws as they relate to behavioral health. You will take home practical strategies to minimize and manage legal and ethical risks and you will learn how to immediately implement these risk-reducing strategies into your practice.

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.



Faculty

Lois Fenner Related seminars and products: 14

R.N., M.S., Attorney at Law


Lois Fenner, R.N., M.S., Attorney at Law, is an honor graduate of the University of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing, Undergraduate School of Nursing, and University of Maryland Law School. She is an attorney admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, a registered nurse, and a certified clinical specialist.

Ms. Fenner is a founding member of The American Nurse Attorneys Association, past president of the Monumental Bar Association, member of the Women’s Bar Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Societies, and the National Exchange Club. She has been recognized by the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys with the Distinguished Women in Law Award; the Baltimore Marketing Association Harold Young Leadership Award, and the Baltimore County Diversity Award.

Additionally, she is a three-time recipient of the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland award and was inducted into the Circle of Excellence. Attorney Fenner has been recognized as a Baltimore Business Journals Who’s Who in Law and was selected as one of the Super Lawyers twice. Her practice focuses on medical litigation and health care including medical malpractice, personal injury, accreditation, wrongful death, Professional Board, and licensure issues. 

Ms. Fenner is a recognized educator and lecturer throughout the country providing realistic and current information in dynamic presentations.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lois A. Fenner is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Lois A. Fenner has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose. 


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Program Information

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Objectives

  1. Establish practices for ensuring HIPAA compliance to protect client’s privacy and minimize risk of litigation.
  2. Compare the different requirements for release of protected health information via subpoenas and court orders.
  3. Explore the legal and ethical considerations for the treatment of minor populations in Georgia with regard to age of consent, confidentiality and custody concerns.
  4. Formulate risk management strategies using technology that can safeguard patient health information (PHI) and minimize HITECH violations.
  5. Develop policies on ethical issues such as restraints, seclusion and informed consent.
  6. Designate the treatment provider’s responsibilities relating to mental health issues and duty to warn law in Georgia.

Outline

Overview/Confidentiality of Mental Health Records
  • When and to Whom Records Can Be Released
  • Mandatory Disclosure Requirements
  • Alcohol/Drug and AIDS/HIV Treatment Records
  • Necessary Documentation
HIPAA 101 – Federal Confidentiality Regulations
  • What is HIPAA Today?
  • How Do I Comply with the Regulations?
  • What Are “Psychotherapy Notes”?
  • When May I Release Records?
  • How Much Paperwork Will This Be for My Office?
Responding to Subpoenas, Court Orders and Law Enforcement
  • Subpoenas: Types of Subpoenas; Duty to Respond; Time Limits
  • Search Warrants & Court Orders
  • Authority to Obtain Information
  • Investigations
  • Development of Policies and Procedures to Respond
Balancing the Rights of Minors & Parents
  • Minors’ Rights
  • Age of Majority
  • Access to Records
  • Rights of Minors to Refuse/Consent to Medication and Treatment
  • Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Treatment Issues for Minors
  • Parental Rights
  • Custodial and Divorce Factors
  • Child Abuse Allegations
  • Custodial vs. Non-Custodial Parent’s Rights to Records
Voluntary and Involuntary Mental Health Commitments
  • Reasons to Use a Voluntary Commitment or an Involuntary Commitment
  • Grounds for an Involuntary Commitment: Dangerousness (As Defined by Statute)
  • Mental Illness
  • Procedures
Professional Ethics and Boundary Issues
  • Consent Elements and Competency Issues
  • Medication: Right to Refuse
  • Restraints and Seclusion
  • Individual’s Legal Rights
  • Informed Consent
  • Boundary Issues: Where the Lines Are Blurred
  • Prescribing Practices
  • Board of Health Professionals Investigation – Disciplinary Proceedings
Legal Liabilities of the Professional
  • Duty to Warn Issues
  • Professional Obligations and Standards
  • Fraud & Abuse Issues
  • Billing & Coding Errors
  • Documentation
  • Compliance with Contradictory Laws

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • AODA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Health Information Managers
  • Medical Records Professionals
  • Nurses

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