Bonnie Connor, PhD
PSY 22446
1736 Picasso Avenue Suite A
Davis California 95618
T: 530.750.1700
F: 800.390.1612


 
INFORMED CONSENT FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES DURING COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
 
This document contains important information about our decision (yours and mine) to resume in-person services in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please read this carefully and let me know if you have any questions. When you sign this document, it will be an official agreement between us.

Decision to Meet Face-to-Face
We have agreed to meet in-person for some or all future appointments. If there is a resurgence of the pandemic, or if other health concerns arise, I may require that we meet via telehealth (teleconference). If you have concerns about meeting through telehealth, we will discuss and try to address your concerns. You understand that, if I believe it is necessary, I may determine that we return to telehealth for everyone’s well-being.

If you decide at any time that you would feel safer staying with, or returning to, telehealth services, I will respect that decision, as long as it is feasible and clinically appropriate. Reimbursement for telehealth services, however, is also determined by the insurance companies and applicable law, so that is an issue we may also need to discuss.

Risks of Opting for In-Person Services
You understand that by coming to the office, you are assuming the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (or other public health risk). This risk may increase if you travel by public transportation, taxi, or ridesharing service.

Your Responsibility to Minimize Your Exposure
To obtain services in person, you agree to take certain precautions which will help keep everyone (you, me, and our families, and other patients) safer from exposure, sickness and possible death. If you do not adhere to these safeguards, it may result in our starting or returning to a telehealth arrangement. Initial each to indicate that you understand and agree to these actions:

 
  • You will only keep your in-person appointment if you are symptom free.        
 
  • You will wait in your car or outside until no earlier than 5 minutes before our appointment time.        
  • You will adhere to the safe distancing precautions we have set up in the waiting room and in my office.
  • You will wear a mask in the office.        
  • You will keep a distance of 6 feet and there will be no physical contact (e.g. no shaking hands) with me.
  • You will take steps between appointments to minimize your exposure to COVID-19.

I may change the above precautions if additional local, state or federal orders or guidelines are published. If that happens, we will talk about any necessary changes.

My Commitment to Minimize Exposure
My practice has taken steps to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus within the office and we have posted our efforts on our website and in the office. Please let me know if you have questions about these efforts.


If You or I Are Sick
You understand that I am committed to keeping you, me, and all of our families safe from the spread of this virus. If you arrive for an appointment and I believe that you have a fever or other symptoms, or believe you have been exposed, I will have to require you to leave the office immediately. We can follow up with services by telehealth as appropriate.

If I test positive for the coronavirus, I will notify you so that you can take appropriate precautions.

Your Confidentiality in the Case of Infection
If you have tested positive for the coronavirus, I may be required to notify local health authorities that you have been in the office. If I have to report this, I will only provide the minimum information necessary for their data collection and will not go into any details about the reason(s) for our visits. By signing this form, you are agreeing that I may do so without an additional signed release.

Informed Consent
This agreement supplements the general informed consent and office policies and procedures that we agreed to at the start of our work together.

Your signature below shows that you agree to these terms and conditions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Office Safety Precautions in Effect During the Pandemic

My office is taking the following precautions to protect patients and help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

 

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