Is your practice prepared to be closed due to emergency, disaster, illness, death, or retirement?
LCHMCS, M.Ed., NCC and CEO of Tame Your Practice
Rob Reinhardt, LCHMCS, M.Ed., NCC has his own successful counseling practice and is CEO of Tame Your Practice. Known for his expertise in reviewing and recommending EHRs for
therapists, Rob previously worked in Information Technology for over ten years and has lived
around technology his entire life. With a comprehensive mix of technology, clinical, and
business experience he can provide consultation and coaching regarding all facets of private practice.
Chief Clinical Officer
Mental health clinicians are so busy caring for others that tending to the business aspects of their practice is a challenge. Despite emergency planning being required by our Codes of Ethics and HIPAA, it is often overlooked or not addressed thoroughly. Without a comprehensive plan (a Professional Will is not enough!), those left to pick up the pieces are often directionless. Details like contacting patients, billing for work, or accessing Electronic Health Records and other computer systems can significantly hamper closure and transition. With proper planning and organization, a greater crisis can be avoided.
This presentation will focus on the who, what, where, why, and how of creating a transition plan. More than just a professional will, a transition plan considers any reason that might cause a counselor to be unable to continue seeing their clients. This could be due to death of a family member, extended illness, disability, moving out of state, retirement, or any number of other reasons. An effective transition plan must include all the information necessary for another qualified professional to ensure continuity of care for clients. This presentation will teach mental health clinicians how to construct such a plan, ensuring that their clients are cared for, no matter what circumstances arise. Also discussed will be the process of identifying an Emergency Response Team, those who will take over for the clinician should the need arise.
Why our Code of Ethics and HIPAA require contingency plans
Why a professional will is not enough
Types of information that need to be included in an emergency plan