HIPAA Security & Mental Health Professionals
8 True Facts About Protecting Clients and Ourselves
By Zur Institute
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Did you know that HIPAA security requirements work out differently for a hospital than for mental health professionals in independent practice? Modern technology brings new challenges to mental health practice. Clinicians and experts often become conservative around these challenges -- even at the risk of alienating clients or reducing quality of care.
The HIPAA security rule is meant to "scale"; it adjusts for the differing capabilities of a small solo practice vs. a hospital. The difficulty lies in navigating technology and HIPAA.
For example, does HIPAA forbid texting? No, it does not. It does, however, require us to consider the risks and costs closely and to provide security where needed. Would your client be harmed if you didn't text with him or her? That's a big cost, and when that comes up it's time to consider new ways to handle the security risks. This may include collaborating with the client to simply accept those risks and proceed with texting. This can be done by informing the client of the risks and obtaining authorization to use texting.
Our newest course is offered for 10 CE Credits
HIPAA Security and Privacy in Psychotherapy, Counseling and Mental Health Practices
Developed by Roy Huggins, MS, NCC
Explore the ways that security, privacy and technology fit into the heartful work we do on a day-to-day basis. Learn how to stay in compliance with the HIPAA security rule and the 2013 updated regulations.
The course includes 13 video interviews and a Resources page which includes details of how to make the technology in your practice
For a video introduction to the course, click here.
To view the FREE Resources page, click here.
This course is part of a new
2013 online HIPAA Package
offered for 18 CE credits.