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HIPAA Medical Records Release

HIPAA Medical Records Release   The HIPAA Privacy Rule grants patients or their personal representatives the right to receive, inspect and review their health information. Covered entities, to comply with the Privacy Rule, must follow HIPAA medical records release rules, …


Group therapy and HIPAA: Mental health practitioners may provide therapy without violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
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COVID-19 Telehealth Group Therapy and HIPAA Privacy

Telehealth Group Therapy and HIPAA Privacy Rule When dealing with Protected Health Information (PHI) in situations involving telehealth group therapy and HIPAA privacy rule, the clinician may disclose treatment information about a particular patient to certain individuals and entities involved …


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HIPAA Provider to Provider Communication

HIPAA Provider to Provider Communication Providers often have a need to communicate with other providers to consult on patient care. HIPAA provider to provider communication is permitted under certain circumstances without prior patient consent. HIPAA provider to provider communication refers …


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Business Associate

Behavioral Health Business Associate Vetting As a HIPAA covered entity, behavioral health professionals have an obligation to vet their business associates. Vetting business associates ensures that the protected health information (PHI) that they create, receive, transmit, maintain, or store on …


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HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver

Emergency HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver During an emergency or public health crisis, some elements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule may be waived. As of March 15, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued an …


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HIPAA Designated Record Set

HIPAA Designated Record Set Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, behavioral health specialists are required to provide patients access to the protected health information (PHI) contained in their designated record set. What is a designated record set? Definition of Designated Record …


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HIPAA Violations

$100,000 HIPAA Settlement Reached for HIPAA Violations In its first HIPAA settlement of 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) fined a sole practitioner $100,000 for HIPAA violations. The gastroenterological practice, Steven A. …


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HIPAA Training Requirements

HIPAA Training Requirements Conducting annual HIPAA training is a key component of maintaining HIPAA compliance. However, hosting a practice-wide training day is not sufficient, mainly because if an employee is hired after your practice’s annual training day, they could go …