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Masks in the Medical Practice: Can Patients Refuse?

Public health officials and regulatory bodies have been clear that those working, visiting or being treated in a healthcare setting should wear face masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While face masks and their overall effectiveness have been questioned by some, wearing a cloth face covering has been shown to reduce the rates of COVID transmission in the population and may even reduce the severity of illness for those who are infected. For this reason, it is recommended that all healthcare providers require patients to wear face masks when they are receiving medical care. Unfortunately, some patients are unable...

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Telehealth and Telepsychiatry Consent Forms

Telehealth is growing exponentially in popularity as a method of providing safe, effective medical care from remote distances. Many states require physicians to obtain and document patients’ informed consent for receiving their care through telehealth. While not expressly required by law, a telehealth consent form is a good way to document informed consent, while providing patients with information about the process so that they can make good decisions around their medical care. MIEC has developed sample consent forms for our members to use when delivering telehealth or telepsychiatry services, based in part on information from the American Telehealth Association and...

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Idaho New Law Alert – July 2020

Laws are effective July 1, 2020 unless otherwise noted.   Drug History Review Requirement (effective October 1, 2020) Prior to prescribing a schedule II, III, or IV opioid analgesic or benzodiazepine for outpatient use, a prescriber (or the prescriber’s delegate) must review the patient’s prescription drug history for the preceding twelve months and “evaluate the data for indicators of drug diversion or misuse.” This requirement does NOT apply to prescriptions in a quantity intended to last no more than three days, nor does it apply at the scene of an emergency, at a skilled nursing facility, or in hospice care....

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California New Law Alert 2020

All laws effective January 1, 2020 unless otherwise noted. AB 779 (Low)- Effective January 1, 2021 Acupuncture wall and pocket licenses Licensed acupuncturists must apply to the Acupuncture Board to obtain a wall license for each place of practice and to renew each wall license biennially. They must also carry a pocket license during treatments made outside of the licensee’s place of practice.   SB 697 (Caballero) Changes to physician supervisory requirements of Physician Assistants This law makes several changes to The Physician Assistant Practice Act, including: Replaces “delegation of services agreement” with “practice agreement” (delegation of service agreements in...

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ADA and Service Animals

Title III of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandates that persons with disabilities accompanied by service animals be allowed access with their service animals into places of public accommodation, including restaurants, public transportation, schools and healthcare facilities. There is often confusion on exactly what qualifies an animal as a “service” animal, when compared to an emotional support animal or regular pet. The ADA defines a service animal as any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual,...

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