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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted all of us. This includes Audiologists and their offices. There are significant differences in how each practice may be operating depending on the location. Most states have implemented emergency orders, such as stay-at-home orders, whereas some have not. Some states have implemented orders allowing only businesses deemed essential to be open, and the definition of “essential” may vary widely depending on the state. There is a state-by-state compilation of emergency orders which can be accessed online and may be of use as you navigate through these rapidly evolving regulations.


We have received several calls at Trust Risk Management Services (TRMS) about managing the risk of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in your practice, place of work, and in the professional services you provide. As risk managers, we are providing general risk guidance based on current knowledge and conditions. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide medical advice.


Kristen Lambert, JD, MSW, LICSW, CPHRM, FASHRM, Healthcare Practice and Risk Management Innovation Officer, recently co-authored the first of a three-part white paper series for the American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) entitled: Behavioral Healthcare in the Ambulatory Care/Outpatient Setting. This is a cutting edge series that focuses on behavioral health in various segments of healthcare. This is a valuable resource for allied healthcare professionals and psychologists and focuses on applicable laws, regulations, and risk management considerations when working with individuals who have behavioral health issues. Click here to view whitepaper.


If you have been practicing in the Allied Healthcare space for years or are a new practitioner, you likely have heard the saying, “If it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done.” This may have been taught in your training to enter your profession. Proper documentation is not as clear-cut as this statement, however. Documentation is critical, but there are also times when certain observations or occurrences may not be memorialized when documenting in an electronic medical record (EMR) or in written format.


Congratulations on graduating and entering the Allied Health profession! There are many issues you may not have learned about while in school. This risk management resource discusses: the type of employment arrangement you may have with your new position, what to consider if being presented with a contract for employment, and considerations if planning to open your own business or practice.


In our prior article, “The Collaborative Care Setting: Changing Models of Healthcare for Behavioral Health Providers,” we discussed the changing landscape of behavioral health. Professionals often collaborate with other professionals to provide comprehensive care to patients. There are differing liability risks for collaborators versus supervisors or consultants.


In our prior article, “The Collaborative Care Setting: Changing Models of Healthcare for Behavioral Health Providers,” we discussed the changing landscape of behavioral health. Collaborative care or integrated care models are continuing to grow. There are varying roles within the models and how behavioral health providers function will depend upon the organization. Some healthcare institutions or practice arrangements which engage in a collaborative practice model, may institute peer consultation groups.


In our prior article, “The Collaborative Care Setting: Changing Models of Healthcare for Behavioral Health Providers,” we discussed the changing landscape of behavioral health. Consultants are routinely used and their liability risks differ from supervisors or collaborators.


In our prior article, “The Collaborative Care Setting: Changing Models of Healthcare for Behavioral Health Providers,” we discussed the changing landscape of behavioral health. As mentioned, there are varying roles within these models as well as potential for liability risk. One area of risk is in the function of a supervisor in these models.


The landscape of behavioral health is changing. Some primary care offices are now employing or contracting with behavioral health providers (BHP) and psychiatric providers to consult about and/or treat patients. These models vary in structure but can be referred to as a collaborative care, integrated care, or co-located care model.


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