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Anne Marie “Nancy” Wheeler, JD, is an attorney who started her practice of law in the District of Columbia in 1981; she later became licensed in Maryland. In 2018, Nancy began a phased-in process of retirement, but she continues to write and speak about mental health ethics and risk management. For over 30 years, she managed risk management services for the American Counseling Association and the American Psychiatric Association. Through this and private client work with practicing counselors, psychiatrists, and other mental health practitioners, Nancy assisted providers in analyzing and understanding challenging legal, ethical and regulatory issues ranging from privacy to managed care.

Nancy also served for 17 years as an affiliate faculty member of the Graduate Pastoral Counseling Program of Loyola University Maryland, where she taught ethics and legal issues courses to masters and doctoral-level students. She was also an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Department of Counselor Education at Stetson University in Florida. Additionally, she has presented hundreds of seminars, workshops and keynote addresses on medical and mental health legal and ethical issues. She has also produced newsletters, webinars and podcasts on legal compliance and risk management strategies. Nancy has authored or contributed to numerous publications, including the following: Wheeler, A.M. & Bertram, B. (2019). The counselor and the law: a guide to legal and ethical practice (Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association); Reinhardt, R. & Wheeler, A.M. (2014). Private practice preparedness: the health care professional’s guide to closing a practice due to retirement, death or disability. Publisher: Author; and Wheeler, A.M. (2005). Top ten legal and risk management areas of concern for psychiatrists. In J. Lazarus (Ed.), Entering private practice: a handbook for psychiatrists Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. For many years, Nancy has also written a monthly column on risk management issues for the American Counseling Association.

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Nancy Wheeler and Rob Reinhardt have written a book called Private Practice Preparedness.

Is Your Practice Prepared to Be Closed Due to Emergency, Disaster, Illness, Death, or Retirement?

Health care professionals are so busy caring for others that tending to the business aspects of their practice is a challenge. Despite emergency planning being an ethical requirement, it is often overlooked. Without it, those left to pick up the pieces are directionless. Details like contacting patients, billing for work, or accessing Electronic Health Records and other computer systems can significantly hamper closure. With proper planning and organization, greater crisis can be avoided.

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