TeleMental Health Blog

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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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TBHI Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Resource List

Colleagues, Now more than ever, behavioral health professionals are being thoughtful about their intentions, conservative in their actions, and mindful of their resources. Unlike what we see happening to our grocery store shelves, we at the Telebehavioral Health Institute ask …

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COVID-19: Telehealth Tipping Point

The Telehealth Tipping Point The events of this last week have gone a long way toward convincing practitioners that telehealth is legitimate, safe, and reimbursable. Barriers to the adoption of telehealth are crumbling in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.  …

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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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European Association of Psychologists’ Associatio...

EFPA Digital Psychological Interventions, Recommendations for Policy & Practice In January of 2020, the European Association of Psychologists’ Association (EFPA) project group on E-health released a document outlining “general rules” concerning the dissemination in and use of digital behavioral health …