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If you have been practicing in the Allied Health 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.


As an allied health professional, you will experience ending a patient relationship at some point in your career. This can be initiated either by you or your patient and can be for a variety of reasons including: non-compliance with treatment, challenging issues, a result of relocation, or non-payment for services.


We have seen significant changes in how behavioral health services are provided to patients. One of the most significant changes in recent years is delivering these services via telebehavioral health methods. Some of the reasons for utilizing telebehavioral health interventions include serving patients who live in areas where there are limited services, inability of patients to access services in person due to medical and/or behavioral health issues, among others. There are a variety of settings and roles where telebehavioral health may be seen.


No matter in which area you work within Allied Health, you will at some point encounter the difficult patient. Difficult patients may include those who are argumentative, hostile or who are non-compliant with treatment. These patients may be in all settings--outpatient, inpatient as well as other types of settings. You may also be treating a minor and his/her parent may be difficult or may be involved in a difficult situation such as a divorce or custody battle. Here are a few tips to follow when encountering the difficult patient or family member.


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