4 Easy Ways Therapists Can Prevent Common Security Breaches and Avoid HIPAA Investigations

4 Easy Ways Therapists Can Prevent Common Security Breaches and Avoid HIPAA Investigations

Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC on 02-13-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

Clinicians know that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is complicated and has many moving parts. Perhaps the most intimidating part is the Security Rule, which covers the technical aspects of protecting individuals in therapy and their personal information. Even therapists who are not very tech savvy can develop an understanding of the Security Rule in order to protect the confidentiality of individuals in therapy and stay congruent with HIPAA guidelines.

Many mental health professionals may not know that smartphones and computers are already set up to employ strong encryption that has the potential to alleviate the need to report breaches under HIPAA’s breach notification rule. Knowing that there are software programs available that make it easier to have secure and unique passwords for every website can ease some insecurities related to the confidentiality of protected health information.

In this 90-minute continuing education web conference, HIPAA expert Roy Huggins, LPC NCC will provide an introduction for mental health professionals in clinical practice to simple ways to “pick the low-hanging fruit” of securing their confidential information. Although it can take a great deal of work to avoid the most common kinds of security breaches, he will share valuable first steps toward compliance with HIPAA and provide direction on how to learn more. Roy will also explore four simple, achievable ways for attendees to set up their technology to achieve stronger security against common breaches.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the channels by which a HIPAA-covered entity may come under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights.
  2. Explain how computers and smartphones can be set up to qualify for the safe harbor in HIPAA’s Breach Notification Final Rule.
  3. Utilize available cloud services that offer two-factor authentication.
  4. Create and use passwords that meet HIPAA standards.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to install and support the work of antimalware/antivirus software to prevent the most common kinds of related security breaches on tech devices.

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Event Reviews from Members

The presentation was excellent and engaging. - Alba Reynoso

A great overall lesson on this subject. - Andrea Shaw, PhD, MFT

This was a very good, informative and practical presentation! - Diann Byrd Inge, MA, MS, LPC

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is 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 legal, ethical, and professional development. 

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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.

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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.

Meet the Presenter

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC is a counselor in private practice who also directs Person-Centered Tech. He worked as a professional web developer for seven years before changing paths and has now made it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of mental healthcare. Roy has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security, and clinical use of technology for counseling licensure boards and state and national mental health professional organizations.

In addition to his practice and technology business, Roy is also an adjunct ethics instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program and a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has co-authored or authored two book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding technology in clinical practice. Roy has served on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and was the Technology Committee Chair for the Oregon Counseling Association.

Roy offers weekly consultation,“HIPAApropriateness Reviews” of products that are popular among private practitioners, eight hours of continuing education, and more to members of Person-Centered Tech Support.

He really likes this stuff.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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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. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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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, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.