The No. 1 Thing to Know about Complying with HIPAA

Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC and Rob Reinhardt, MEd, LPCS, NCC on 07-17-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

The No. 1 thing you don't know about complying with HIPAA just might make your professional life a little easier! This web conference will transform the way you think about HIPAA compliance.

The HIPAA Security Rule is poorly understood in popular discourse among mental health clinicians. Rather than a game of whack-a-mole where you attempt to find the right "HIPAA compliant" product or service, only to be told later that it isn't "HIPAA compliant," compliance with HIPAA around digital technology is a process that is both flexible and requires a modicum of attention.

Come learn about the three processes that make up compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule:

  1. Risk Analysis
  2. Risk Management Planning
  3. Policies and Procedures

Learn how these processes can be different for mental health clinicians and for practices of different sizes. Understand how they help you and your clients do better and safer work, while simultaneously covering your potential legal liability.

Mental health clinicians have long held security as an important part of our work—we simply call it "confidentiality." Come learn how to apply your already-existing ethical values and practical skills to your HIPAA compliance, as well.

This web conference is an educational session based on guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as the professional experience and training of the presenters, and should not be viewed as a replacement for legal advice or professional consultation.

This intermediate, instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Develop a plan to approach the three main steps for HIPAA Security Rule compliance.
  2. Use the risk-based approach to security for protecting sensitive client information.
  3. Examine how to maintain security and meet individual needs while complying with HIPAA.
  4. Leverage existing professional skills around clinical risk management to learn and improve security risk management skills.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. The video portion of the web conference center is not accessible via smartphone or tablet.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of GoodTherapy.org can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

388CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

This presentation offered so much new information and the method of presenting was so lighthearted and interesting- excellent presentation! - Karen Christopherson, MSW, LMSW, CAADC

Risk analysis, risk management plan, policies and procedures, ongoing work- it made things less overwhelming and gave me direction. - Leonna Rae Chodos, MA, MFT

​This event offered great specific examples of how to make your practice HIPAA compliant using modern technology and social media. - Emma Hertzel, LCSW

Meet the Presenters

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC has a private practice in Portland, Oregon, where he is also the Director for Person-Centered Tech. Roy has a passion for teaching therapists about the Internet and enjoys helping them understand how electronic communication is the future of their practice and profession.

Roy sits on the board for the Zur Institute, and he is a member of the Counselor Education Department at Portland State University. He regularly teaches mental health professionals on the ethical standards in the world of technology.

Roy offers a webinar series every month on digital confidentiality that covers not only the "what we must do" parts of HIPAA and professional ethics but also the "what we can do" parts. His website is also replete with free articles and resources for using digital technology in professional mental health practice. Find it all at www.personcenteredtech.com.

Rob Reinhardt, MEd, LPCS, NCC

Rob Reinhardt, MEd, LPCS, NCC

Rob is a Clinical Supervisor in North Carolina for professional counselors. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and the CEO of the private consulting firm Tame Your Practice where he helps mental health therapists promote their practices. He specializes in using technology efficiently while complying with the current requirements and guidelines. He is an editor for the American Counseling Association magazine for the "Tech Tutor" column.

Rob, with co-author Nancy Wheeler, also recently published Private Practice Preparedness: The Health Care Professional's Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability. This eBook includes downloadable templates that help health care professionals fulfill ethics code obligations.

He enjoys playing board games and ultimate Frisbee, traveling, and time with his family. For more information on Rob and his work, please visit www.tameyourpractice.com.

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.