Technology-Enabled Behavioral Health

The digital transformation of health care has not been limited to applications in hospitals and health systems. Behavioral health centers, rehabilitation facilities, and virtual social workers have also implemented telehealth programs. This expansion into digital care and counseling will have a profound regulatory and compliance impact on the future of the industry.

The coronavirus pandemic has also increased the use and variety of behavioral telehealth services. As the pandemic continues to take its toll, social-distanced services show no sign of decreasing. 

Our attorneys have varied experience and can assist with:

  • Corporate transactions and private equity investment in behavioral health providers.
  • Breaking down regulatory obstacles to behavioral health providers providing services remotely.
  • Special privacy and security considerations for sensitive health care information related to drug and alcohol abuse treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and mental health counseling.
  • Engaging with public policy stakeholders, including Congress and the Administration, to advance legislation aimed at fostering increased behavioral telehealth services.

Alston & Bird works with clients on the forefront of the digital transformation of health care, and our attorneys can provide:

  • Compliance program evaluation, development, and training.
  • Contract review.
  • Scope of practice guidance for behavioral health care providers, including research and advice related to corporate practice of medicine (or other professions), behavioral telehealth, and prescribing limitations.
  • Policy guidance in a rapidly changing reimbursement and regulatory landscape.
  • Enforcement strategy and response.

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