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  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

  • Joseph McMenamin, M.D., J.D.

Skype and Related Practices Found Unacceptable by Oklahoma Medical Board

Recording available to view anytime, any place…
1-Hour “On Demand” Training Webinar recording

Curious about the recent findings and disciplinary action taken by the Oklahoma Medical Board?

After reports of discipline given to an Oklahoma-based psychiatrist by the Oklahoma Medical Board for using Skype, along with other infractions, many professionals in the telehealth world were confused about the facts of this case.

Joseph P. McMenamin, M.D., J.D., will share his insight into the Oklahoma Medical Board regulatory case and examine the facts of this case to illustrate crucial policy issues arising from practicing online.

Joseph P. McMenamin is a Principal Consultant for the Venebio group. He’s also the CEO of Clinical Advisory Services, LLC. He holds a medical and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked at the McGuireWoods law firm from 1985 to 2013. He’s also an Associate Professor of Legal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and a senior fellow in the Jefferson School of Population Health. Joseph is board certified in legal medicine and a fellow of the College of Legal Medicine.

Webinar attendees will receive answers to these questions:

  • What are the details surrounding the Oklahoma Medical Board’s investigation?
  • What were the specific charges in this regulatory case?
  • How was informed consent involved in the Board’s decision to discipline Dr. Trow?
  • What did the regulatory board decide about the use of Skype with a telepractice client?
  • How did the patient’s death effect the Oklahoma Board’s disciplinary decision?
  • How did the lack of an in-person assessment impact the Oklahoma Board’s decision?

Learning Objectives

  • Name at least 3 issues that need to be covered by the informed consent process for using any telehealth equipment in your practice
  • Describe at least 3 ways in which evidence-based traditional telehealth models differ from practicing online using Skype or other VoIP-based video or audio programs
  • Intelligently discuss which if any legal or ethical codes can be circumvented or otherwise avoided
  • Name at least 5 issues addressed by the various published telemental health guidelines that can be handled most easily and efficiently through an informed consent process
  • Name at least 1 source for finding out about one’s status as a “covered entity” under HIPAA and if covered, how to discuss this issue in the informed consent process

This program is for beginning and intermediate-level “tele-practitioners” in these disciplines:

Skype and Related Practices Found Unacceptable by Oklahoma Medical Board
  • Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Drug & Alcohol Specialists
  • Medical Professionals such as Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists
  • Psychologists, Physicians Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

Webinar includes:

  • Webinar video recording
  • Presentation slides
  • Webinar handout

Required Reading

All required reading materials are included with this course.


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