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Telehealth Legal and Ethical Aspects

Presented by Michael T. Griffin, LCSW, J.D., CAMFT Staff Attorney 3 CE Hours

Workshop Description:

This workshop is intended to provide an overview of key legal and ethical standards which are applicable to the practice of Telehealth. Topics to be discussed include: Standards of practice for Telehealth, as expressed in Business and Professions Code section 2290.5 and California Code of Regulations, section 1815.5; Privacy and security rules under HIPAA; Jurisdictional issues when practicing across state lines; California laws concerning documentation and privacy; Relevant ethical standards, and issues to consider in selecting a videoconferencing platform for Telehealth.
The workshop is three hours in length. Attendees may earn three hours credit in law and ethics, applicable to the continuing education requirements for California licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional clinical counselors, and licensed clinical social workers. The information provided in this workshop, and in any accompanying handouts and related materials is intended for educational purposes only. It should not be considered to be legal advice, or a substitute for consultation with a qualified professional regarding such content.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
  1. Describe four specific one-time actions that are required of providers upon initiation of Telehealth.
  2. Describe three actions that are required of providers for each Telehealth session.
  3. Describe key billing requirements when using insurance for Telehealth.
  4. Describe the jurisdictional issues that are relevant to providing Telehealth over state lines.
  5. Describe key legal and practical concerns that are relevant when selecting a videoconferencing platform for Telehealth.
  6. Identify one or more ethical codes that apply to the practice of Telehealth.
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