Telemental Health Legal Considerations and Compliance Standards

TeleMental Health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide medical and mental health services by any medical or 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 medical and mental health field. TeleMental Health is discipline neutral, meaning that all medical and mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.

The need for medical and mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of client 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 medical and 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 client 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 legal considerations and compliance.

This course brings attention to client treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on Professional, Legal and Ethical Considerations and Compliance Standards for practitioners who use TeleMental Health.

 
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Learning Objectives:

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Apply privacy law requirements related to TeleMental Health.
  • Apply state and federal laws directing TeleMental Health practice.
  • Apply HIPAA compliance.
  • Apply the Privacy Rule.
  • Apply the limits of malpractice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate response to security breaches.
  • Demonstrate appropriate response to data loss.
  • Apply setting specified security needs.
  • Conduct technology risk assessments.
  • Privacy law requirements related to TeleMental Health.
  • Order of authority between state level and federal regulations.
  • HIPAA understanding and TeleMental Health.
  • HITECH understanding and TeleMental Health.
  • Covered entities under HIPAA.
  • Definition of Protected Health Information (PHI)
  • Who can and cannot access protected health information.
  • The role of a privacy officer.
  • The Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Understanding business associate agreements.
  • Risks of security breaches.
  • What constitutes a breach.
  • Understanding of the HIPAA security rule.
  • The types of safeguards including technological, administrative, and physical safeguards for risks and threats.
  • The consequences of non-compliance.
  • The ethical responsibility regarding scope of practice.

 

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 1.5 CE for this course with NBCC ACEP No. 7167 when all Learning Outcomes Conditions have been met

 
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