TeleMental Health Disclosure and Informed Consent

Telemental health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a seperate medical or mental health services. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the mental health field. Telemental health is discipline neutral, meaning that all mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.

The need for mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of patient care at a distance has also increased. All age groups and all diagnoses have shown an increase in the need of treatment. With the increased use of telemental health there is an increased need for education concerning legal considerations and compliance during a telemental health appointment.

The research into telemental health has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for mental health services. Some studies have even found that telemental health services may actually be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children and adolescents and veterans in particular, seem to especially benefit from the use of telemental health. Telemental health is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online. This course is to provide education concerning telemental health disclosure and informed consent.

This course brings attention to patient treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on professional orientation for practitioners who use telemental health.

 

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Patient Understanding of Disclosures and Providing Informed Consent
  • Aspects of Informed Consent Specific to TMH
  • Protocol for Social Media
  • Protocol for Establishing Local Resources and Emergency Contact
  • Apply Procedures for Emergencies
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Location
  • Establish Patient Location Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Identity
  • Establish Patient Identity Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Privacy
  • Establish Patient Privacy Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Safety
  • Establish Patient Safety Prior to Appointment
  • Requirements Establish Patient Identity in TMH
  • Protocol Management for Technical Difficulties
  • Unique Challenges and Risks of TMH
  • Address Concerns of Patients Related to TMH
  • Monitor Ongoing Informed Consent
  • Managing Disclosures in TMH
  • Informed Consent Process in TMH
  • Ethically Gathering Informed Consent
  • Appropriate Use of Social Media
  • Elements of a Patient Safety Plan
  • Resources Available to Troubleshoot TMH Issues

 

Course Format:

TeleMental Health Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 1

  • Patient Understanding of Disclosures and Providing Informed Consent
  • Aspects of Informed Consent Specific to TMH
  • Protocol for Social Media
  • Protocol for Establishing Local Resources and Emergency Contact

 

TeleMental Health Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 2

  • Apply Procedures for Emergencies
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Location
  • Establish Patient Location Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Identity
  • Establish Patient Identity Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Privacy
  • Establish Patient Privacy Prior to Appointment
  • Protocol for Verification of Patient Safety
  • Establish Patient Safety Prior to Appointment
  • Requirements Establish Patient Identity in TMH
  • Protocol Management for Technical Difficulties
  • Unique Challenges and Risks of TMH

 

TeleMental Health Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 3

  • Address Concerns of Patients Related to TMH
  • Monitor Ongoing Informed Consent
  • Managing Disclosures in TMH
  • Informed Consent Process in TMH

 

TeleMental Health Disclosure and Informed Consent Part 4

  • Ethically Gathering Informed Consent
  • Appropriate Use of Social Media
  • Elements of a Patient Safety Plan
  • Resources Available to Troubleshoot TMH Issues

 

Learning Outcomes Conditions:
Complete self-paced certification in its entirety.
Pass all quizzes and final with 80% or better.

Education Hours:
You will receive a completion certificate with 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits from MedChi The Maryland State Medical Society for this course when all Learning Outcomes Conditions have been met.

Approximate Learning Time: 2.0 – 3.0 hours
This course is online and should take approximately 2.0 – 3.0 hours to complete.