Ethics: Hot Legal Issues for Mental Health Providers: Consent, Confidentiality, Boundaries and New Laws
PIONEER ROOM | 6th Floor
1.5 Ethics CEUs approved by NASW
Session A
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM (MDT)

We will address the following issues:

  • Patient consent, including the requirements and standards for effective informed consent; determining a patient’s capacity or competency to give effective consent; minors’ ability to give consent; authorized surrogate decisionmakers may give consent for incompetent patients; telehealth consent; and suggestions for documenting informed consent
  • Patient confidentiality, including state and federal confidentiality requirements; penalties for a breach of confidentiality; exceptions that allow disclosure of patient information; statutes requiring breach reporting; responding to and reporting to breaches of confidentiality; and patient rights to information, including the right to access information
  • The new federal No Surprise Billing Rules, including to who it applies; how it applies to most healthcare providers; recent guidance; and penalties for noncompliance
  • The new Information Blocking Rule, including entities to which it applies; requirements for compliance; recent guidance; and penalties for noncompliance
  • Boundaries with guardian ad litem, including process and authority of guardian ad litem; disclosures and interactions with guardians; and suggestions for interactions with guardians
Kim Stanger Ally Kjellander

The views and opinions expressed by the speakers at the conference do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Optum.