Law & Ethics of Telehealth: WA Telemedicine Training-WMHCA

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The ongoing worldwide public health emergency has sent unprecedented numbers of healthcare providers online. While new technology can provide us with powerful tools to continue to connect and communicate in this changing environment, many of us continue to encounter questions, challenges, and dilemmas when providing clinical services via telehealth.

This 3 hour law & ethics seminar is designed to present an orientation to legal and ethical considerations of telehealth practice. In this seminar we will discuss current Washington State and Federal telehealth laws, liability and informed consent relating to telehealth, and the range of applicable ethical codes. Participants will understand how to implement technologies in their clinical practice strategically. This workshop is intended to meet law and ethics content requirements and to fulfill the Washington State Telemedicine Training requirements.

Learning objectives

After this training, participants will be able to:

• Identify current Washington State and federal laws regarding telehealth; • Construct effective strategies to minimize liability for telehealth services; • Evaluation of the clinical risks and benefits of implementing telehealth services; • Articulate best practices regarding informed consent for telehealth services.

Agenda

  1. Current State and Federal Law (25 min)
  2. What is Telehealth? (35 min)
  3. Requirements a. Training (15 min) b. Technology (25 min) c. Informed Consent (15 min)
  4. Liability and Crossing Jurisdictions (40 min)
  5. Insurance (25 min)
Presenter: Eric Strom

Eric Strom is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation and guidance to mental health professionals. The focus of Eric’s clinical practice is providing mental health counseling services to combat veterans. Eric is currently serving as the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.