Tips for Avoiding or Responding to Licensing Board Investigations
is a series of blog posts written by attorneys Milton Kerstein and Andra Hutchins. In this series we provide practical advice for health care professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, dentists, and social workers.
It has been our pleasure to have represented many of you over the years. Often our conversations would occur by phone or email. With the advent of social media, we now have a forum to share important insights and information with you all in a proactive manner.
With this in mind, we thought that we would start with the current state of the laws and regulations regarding cyber security. Generally, as you know, all communications between, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, dentists, and social workers and clients or patients are confidential. There are limitations to that confidentiality that include, among others: exceptions provided by law and or regulation, written consent of your client/patient, where disclosure is necessary for the safety of clients or others, fee disputes, and certain legal proceedings.