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Pennsylvania Legislature Exploring Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

Posted in Behavioral Health, Legislation, Mental Health, Mental Health Procedures Act, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (the “Act”) to provide for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental illness or other impairment covered by the Act. The legislation, known as House Bill 1233: A Better Standard for Outpatient Commitment for Persons with Serious Mental… Continue Reading

Ask the Health Law Gurus™: Can a Prison Forcibly Medicate an Inmate with a Psychotropic Drug against the Inmate’s Will?

Posted in Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania
Question: Can a Pennsylvania prison forcibly administer a psychotropic medication to an inmate against the inmate’s will? Answer: In Pennsylvania, a prison’s ability to forcibly medicate an inmate with a psychotropic drug depends upon the circumstances and whether the circumstances constitute an extreme emergency. However, in the majority of cases, prisons must follow a formal… Continue Reading

HITECH Act Assures Meaningful Use & Care Coordination…For Some

Posted in Behavioral Health, EHR, HITECH, Technology, Trends
The passage of the ARRA HITECH Act in 2009 fostered significant advancements in patient engagement and care coordination by incentivizing primarily physical health providers and acute care hospitals to make smarter use of technology. Specifically, the Act provided funding for eligible providers and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHR) and then “meaningfully use” those… Continue Reading