Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Psychologists are required to comply with numerous laws and regulations related to various aspects of their practice. Further, there are legal issues not directly related to health care services delivery that also affect practitioners. This section addresses many such legal matters.
Duty to Protect, Warn & Report
- Duty to Protect: Roles and Responsibilities for Psychologists (PDF, 513KB)
- Dealing with Threatening Client Encounters (PDF, 355KB)
- Steps to Understanding Your Duty to Protect (PDF, 255KB)
- Roles and Responsibilities for Psychologists (PDF, 513KB)
- Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect (PDF, 256KB)
- A Matter of Law: Psychologists' Duty to Protect
Insurance and Managed Care
- Countdown to ICD-10-CM: Substance use disorders and ICD-10-CM coding
- Dealing with Managed Care Audits (PDF, 648KB)
- Transition to ICD-10-CM: What does it mean for psychologists?
- A Matter of Law: Managing Your Managed Care Contracts
- Using a Sliding Fee Scale: Some Do's and Don'ts (PDF, 255KB)
- A Matter of Law: Prompt Pay Laws
- A Matter of Law: Managed Care Record Audits
Licensure and Disciplinary Proceedings
Releasing Records and Other Confidential Information
Red Flags Rule
New law narrows application of Red Flags Rule
Successful advocacy by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Practice Organization protected members from unnecessary regulation under the Red Flags Rule.
COLI subpoena document
"Strategies for Private Practitioners Coping with Subpoenas or Compelled Testimony for Client Records or Test Data," prepared by the APA's Committee on Legal Issues (COLI). This article incorporates many of the strategies discussed in that document, found in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (2006, Vol. 37, No. 2, 215-222)