Informed Consent Liability & Lawsuits: 3 Ways to Get Sued

Informed Consent Liability & Lawsuits: 3 Ways to Get Sued

The doctrine of informed consent requires healthcare providers to inform patients of the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a proposed treatment. Legally, patients must have firsthand knowledge of their treatment options and the likely consequences of those choices, which allows them to make more informed choices. Patients are afforded the right to refuse proposed treatments...

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You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

Mental health providers engage with highly confidential health information on a daily basis. From our experience, psychiatrists and therapists also tend to be sensitive to the information in their patient records and very HIPAA-literate.  For these reasons, a police request or court order for patient records can be stressful and confusing. Who has the right...

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3 Things Psychiatrists Need to Know About the Anti-Kickback Statute

3 Things Psychiatrists Need to Know About the Anti-Kickback Statute

The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits individuals and entities from offering anything of value, whether cash or otherwise, in exchange for any federal healthcare program business. Federal healthcare programs include Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Department of Labor health programs, and more. Any violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) can result in civil fines, criminal penalties, and program removals....

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