TeleMental Health Blog

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Breach Notification

HIPAA Breach Notification Deadline Healthcare organizations that are the victim of breaches have an obligation to report these breaches. Breaches affecting more than 500 individuals must be reported within 60 days of discovery to the Department of Health and Human …

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HIPAA Medical Release Form

HIPAA Medical Release Form There are certain circumstances in which it is required for behavioral health professionals to receive a HIPAA medical release form before they are permitted to disclose protected health information (PHI). HIPAA medical release form requirements are …

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Smartphone Apps

Standalone Smartphone Apps for Mental Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis In a recently published journal article, researchers Kiona K. Weisel, Lukas M. Fuhrmann, Matthias Berking, Harald Baumeister, Pim Cuijpers and David D. Ebert conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the …

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Free Webinar: Using Apps in Clinical Practice: Practica...

Free Webinar: Using Apps in Clinical Practice: Practical Aspects This webinar will provide practical considerations for using phone apps. Our moderator will introduce a competency-based framework for including phone apps in clinical practice to set the stage for the guest …

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HIPAA Compliance Checklist

HIPAA Compliance Checklist Completing a HIPAA compliance checklist should be the first step when assessing whether or not your behavioral health practice is HIPAA compliant. A HIPAA compliance checklist lays out what is required under the Health Insurance Portability and …

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Hawaii Supports Telehealth

Hawaii Supports Telehealth: Hawaii Bill 1690 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII: SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the adoption of telehealth to deliver healthcare services in Hawaii is increasing. The report of findings from …

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Patient Appointment Reminders

Patient Appointment Reminders Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, covered entities (CEs) are restricted in how they are permitted to use and disclose protected health information (PHI). However, CEs may disclose PHI without authorization if the disclosure relates to the treatment, …

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HIPAA Privacy Rule

HIPAA Privacy Rule Overview Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996, the HIPAA Privacy Rule wasn’t added to the regulation until 2002. The HIPAA Privacy Rule was created to ensure the confidentiality of protected …

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2019 HIPAA Fines

Year End Review: 2019 HIPAA Fines The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcement body for HIPAA compliance, announced eleven settlements in 2019. Each of the eleven organizations received HIPAA fines, varying in amounts based on the severity of their …