ABOUT THIS COURSE:
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects the confidentiality and security of health care information. Among other things, HIPAA governs the use and disclosure individuals identifiable health information. This includes written and verbal communications that mental health and substance use disorder providers (behavioral health providers) have with the individual; the individuals family members and friends; other professionals, health plans, and law enforcement; and associated documentation requirements. This course addresses some of the most common HIPAA-related legal and ethical challenges faced by behavioral health professionals, including those who work in hospitals, clinics, community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers, and private practice. The goal of this course is to improve your understanding of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and how they apply to your day-to-day professional responsibilities as a behavioral health care provider. Interactive case vignettes and exercises will provide you with the opportunity to apply and deepen your knowledge of this critically important topic. By successfully completing this course, you will be able to identify potential legal and ethical issues related to HIPAA, improve your compliance approach, and develop more effective risk management strategies. This course does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with legal counsel regarding any specific HIPAA-related issues you confront in your workplace or practice. If you need more comprehensive information or have more general questions regarding HIPAA, the Department of Health and Human (DHHS) website, your malpractice insurance carrier, HIPAA privacy officer, general counsel, compliance officer, or professional associations may be of additional assistance.