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

Received a subpoena or court order for confidential information? We untangle some of the issues around releasing your therapy patient’s records. 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. ...

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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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3 Things Mental Health Providers Should Know about Reporting Threats of Harm

3 Things Mental Health Providers Should Know about Reporting Threats of Harm

Responding to a threat of harm can require quick action, so it’s best to consider this issue when it is not an emergent question facing your practice.  Because the repercussions of reports can be unpredictable, the decision as to how to handle a threat of harm can be challenging.  The Tarasoff doctrine simultaneously recognizes mental health professionals’ duty to uphold their patients’ confidentiality and their duty to take action when a potential victim is at...

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