Monitor on Psychology - February 2012 - (Page 70)
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APA’s guidelines help psychologists steer through the sometimes murky waters of how best to document and protect patient information.
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overview CE credits: 1 Exam items: 10 Learning objectives: 1) Identify various APA resources that can guide sound record-keeping practices. 2) Discuss the key issues in establishing a record disposition plan in case of unanticipated illness, disability or death. ave your record-keeping practices changed along with advances in technology? Do you exchange protected health information via fax, email, or text messaging? Are you collaborating with other professionals from different disciplines? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to seek advice from APA’s Record Keeping Guidelines. A clear, well-organized record-keeping system is essential for psychologists who provide treatment, psychotherapy, assessment and consultation services. But setting up such systems can be challenging. For one, psychologists need to strike the fine balance between the need to maintain client privacy and confidentiality and the need to communicate with insurers, other treating professionals and larger health systems. Psychologists’ records must also adhere to state and federal laws.
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