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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Tele-Therapy/Analysis: Frequently Asked Questions and "Hot Topics" of Tele-Health

Louis C. Szura
Health Care Law Attorney
Vezina Law, PLC

Saturday, March 28, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 PM

*2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need: Tele-health and tele-therapy/analysis have become more accepted and practiced by therapists and analysts over the last decade, for a variety of reasons –long distances, patient health issues, or scarcity or unavailability of onsite analysts and therapists. Despite greater recognition of the usefulness of teletherapy under certain circumstances, there exists much uncertainty and incomplete knowledge about the legal, practical, and professional issues governing its use and potential impact on clinicians. This presentation will provide the basics on telehealth for mental health clinicians in Michigan. Areas that will be addressed include: general background on telehealth; licensing, professional regulations, and exceptions; reimbursement through insurance and Medicare; malpractice concerns; procedural and best practices unique to telehealth, including the appropriate circumstances for a patient to utilize telehealth services; initial face to face meeting requirement; assessment of “back up” plans and emergency medical professionals in patient area; type of technology to be used, including encryption and confidentiality concerns; and the physical session location for therapist and patient. Questions from the audience will be addressed.

After attending this presentation, participants should be able to:
1) Recount professional regulations and licensing issues relevant to telehealth and teletherapy.
2) Understand procedural or best practices unique to telehealth services.
3) Recognize insurance, reimbursement issues and malpractice concerns with the use of teletherapy.
4) Assess and ensure confidentiality concerns with the use of teletherapy.

About the presenter: Louis C. Szura is an attorney with Vezina Law, PLC, a full service law firm with offices in Michigan and Louisiana. Mr. Szura is a graduate of Cornell University Law School and of the University of Michigan. He specializes in health care law and related business litigation. Mr. Szura is the recipient of many professional distinctions, including 2014 Rising Star in Business Litigation by Michigan Super Lawyer magazine, a recognition he also received the previous two years. He is a member of the Michigan Bar Health Law Section Publications Committee and recently presented on the topic of “Record Keeping for Mental Health Professionals” at the State Bar of Michigan Health Law Section 2014 Annual Meeting.