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AACAP “In Session” Newsletter
Published in support of the American Professional Agency’s psychiatrist insurance program, exclusively for members of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Association, “In Session” is a quarterly newsletter designed to address legal and risk releated issues that are important to psychiatrists. Vol.2 Issue 4. Fall 2012
APA “In Session” Newsletter
Published in support of the American Professional Agency’s psychiatrist insurance program, exclusively for members of the American Psychiatric Association, “In Session” is a quarterly newsletter designed to address legal and risk releated issues that are important to psychiatrists. As the new APA-endorsed medical malpractice insurance provider, Allied World is committed to delivering a comprehensive risk management program for APA members.Vol.2 Issue 4. Fall 2012
Other Risk Management Articles
This article is designed to give you a broad overview of Documentation Principles in Psychiatry.
Advice from the Experts
What are the important risk management considerations when practicing telepsychiatry? (NEW)
Using telepsychiatry does not change the standard of care – it is the same standard used as when the patient is physically present in your office. However, there are additional risk management considerations when practicing telepsychiarty which differ from when the patient is physically in your office. Read this article to learn more about the number of legal and regulatory issues of which to be aware.
Using Electronic Medical Records in Psychiatry
The primary goal of EHR technology is to store and exchange information electronically between providers.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are one aspect of electronic health record technology and can be highly beneficial for providers and the overall exchange of information. However, there are some unique risk management considerations when using an EMR as compared to paper records.
Are you protecting your practice?
Are you practicing solo or in a group practice? Or in a collaborative care arrangement or hospital setting? Are you aware of state laws and regulations impacting your practice? This article is designed to inform you about Risk Management Strategies to Protect Your Career.
Are your records protected? (UPDATED)
The medical record should provide an accurate reflection of the care provided to the patient. It is a legal document scrutinized by both plaintiff and defense attorneys should litigation, a regulatory action or ethics complaint be brought against you. It is important to keep in mind that the patient’s medical record provides a lasting memory of the events and reflects your and the rest of the team’s professional credibility.
Are you being sued?
It is important to recognize that even good doctors get sued. The legal process can be long and arduous. It can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. The following guidance is provided to assist you if you are sued.
Are your billing practices in your favor?
Like other professionals, psychiatrists can, at times, have difficulty getting paid for their services. It is important that psychiatrists understand their rights and obligations when enacting and implementing payment policies. Although not exhaustive, this article identifies some potential liability issues related to collecting payment for your services.
Are you suddenly hit with a “Repressed/False Memory” lawsuit?
Treating patients with recovered memories of abuse can be challenging. Since some states are now allowing for such lawsuits, in order to minimize risk, psychiatrists should take extra caution in such cases, such as by: utilizing sound documentation principles; practicing within their area of competency; and observing their profession’s ethical principles.