CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2012 - (Page 10)

Licensure Portability Aligning Professional Ethics with Innovation: Licensure Portability’s Predicament BY ELLEN FINK-SAMNICK, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP H ealth technology innovation is captivating providers, practitioners, patients, and product developers alike. Social media usage is up, with society now at 4.37 vs. 6 degrees of separation (Facebook, 2011). We live in the mHealth age where in 2011, mobile apps generated $718 million in revenue (IHealthbeat, 2011) and 16.9 million people accessed health information through a mobile device in the last quarter (Mobile Health News, 2011). Patients and practitioners access everything online from electronic health records to consultation and psychotherapy. Health care informatics is one of the top college degrees (US News and World Report, 2011), with expected job demand to increase by 20 percent through 2018 (AHIMA, 2012) However, the promise of this innovation has yielded a new generation of ethical dilemmas as case managers find themselves practicing across cyberspace, let alone state lines. health information exchanges, electronic health records, and mHealth initiatives. They are employed with organizations that allow use of personal mobile devices but lack appropriate policies to safeguard their use or the data shared (mHIMSS, 2011). They work in a time when health care breaches are astronomical. At the time of this writing, the HITECH breach tally was 385 incidents since September 2009 impacting over 19 million people. (Anderson, 2012) Yet, one of the direst ethical themes from my lens involves the critical connection between the state-tostate licensure dilemma and much of this innovation; innovation that now allows for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment intervention across cyberspace. THE NEW GENERATION OF ETHICAL DILEMMA Today’s case managers face increasingly complex ethical challenges. They wrestle conflicts of interest and dual relationships through social media; to friend or not friend patients, former patients, and colleagues. They balance privacy and confidentiality with HIPAA from expanded data access through 10 CMSA TODAY ISSUE 2 • 2012 • DIGITAL http://www.cmsa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2012

PRESIDENT’S LETTER
2012 Public Policy Summit, April 23-24
Aligning Professional Ethics with Innovation: Licensure Portability’s Predicament
Can You Hear Us Now? What’s Happening with the Multi State Licensure Task Force
The Evolving Role of Care Coordination in an Acute Care Environment: Confi rming the Appropriate Utilization of Necessary Services – Separating Tasks from Process (Part 2 of 3)
ASSOCIATION NEWS
VIEW FROM CAPITOL HILL
ETHICS CASEBOOK
MENTORING MATTERS
CASE MANAGEMENT AND THE LAW
CMSA CORPORATE PARTNERS
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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