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Course Overview

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects the confidentiality and security of healthcare information. HIPAA governs the use and disclosure individuals’ identifiable health information, among other things. This includes written and verbal communications that mental health and substance use disorder providers (behavioral health providers) have with the individual, the individual’s family members and friends, other professionals, health plans, 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 healthcare 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.

About the Course Author

Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Linda Weaver, Ph.D., J.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Mexico. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She has over 30 years’ experience in behavioral health, which includes serving as the HIPAA privacy officer for a large behavioral health care organization. Currently, Dr. Weaver consults with large employers regarding the implementation of behavioral health best practices consistent with health care’s complex legal framework. Linda Weaver, PhD, JD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (42 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    2.00HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Nurses will receive 2.0 Nursing Contact Hours after successfully completing this course.
  • American Psychological Association

    2.00HOURS


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer co-sponsored psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Illinois Professional Counselor/Clinical Counselor

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    Education hours MCBAP-R This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by Relias LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 2.0 CE. NAADAC Provider #86124, Relias, LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors

    2.00HOURS


    Relias, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Relias , LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

  • Ohio Marriage and Family Therapist Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Provider # RTX050401 (CEBroker Provider 50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours
  • Ohio Professional Counselor Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Provider # RCX100502 (CEBroker Provider: 50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Ohio Social Worker Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Pennsylvania Certification Board

    2.00HOURS

    PCB Approved Education This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Texas State Board of Professional Counselors

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Connecticut Certification Board

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Breining Institute for Registered Addiction Specialists

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

    Content Area: C9
  • Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Association of Social Work Boards

    2.00HOURS


    As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 Clincical continuing education credits.

    Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Social Work Unit

    2.00HOURS

    Relias, 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-0009. Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules. As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. Social workers will receive 2.0 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Psychology

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board Of Psychology (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Psychologists will receive 2.0 hours.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Marriage and Family Therapist Continuing Education Sponsor

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider number 1S-06-729-0220 for 2.0 CEH's
  • Missouri Credentialing Board

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Counselors (MHC)

    2.00HOURS

    Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0011 As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias, LLC are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)

    2.00HOURS

    Relias, LLC, is recognized by 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-0009 As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    2.00HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290) Physicians will receive 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.

  • Florida Physician Assistants

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners

    2.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)

  • Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • American Psychological Association

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • National Board for Certified Couneslors

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board of Psychology

    2.00HOURS

    N/A


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-HHS-0-HHP-V2
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2018-10-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-12-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Apply the privacy and security rules to your practice or work setting, including your professional communication and documentation practices.; Apply updates or review your HIPAA policy and procedures relative to recent changes in the HIPAA privacy and security rules.; Describe the purpose of HIPAA and how it applies to behavioral healthcare providers.; Identify potential ethical or legal issues related to HIPAA in your work setting and employ more effective risk management strategies to avoid violations.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: HIPAA Overview
    HIPAA and Linda’s Private Practice
    What Is HIPAA?
    How Has HIPAA Changed since Enactment?
    HIPAA Penalties
    Review
    Summary
    Section 3: How Does HIPAA Work?
    What Is Protected Health Information?
    The De-Identification Standard
    Review
    Covered Entities
    Business Associates
    Business Associates: Breaches and Liability
    Review
    Summary
    Section 4: The Privacy Rule
    Linda and the Disclosure of PHI
    Permissible Uses and Disclosures of PHI
    Notice of Privacy Practices
    Permitted Use and Disclosure of PHI without Authorization
    HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws
    The Minimum Necessary Rule
    Permissible Use and Disclosure of PHI with an Opportunity to Object
    Psychotherapy Notes under HIPAA
    HIPAA and Telehealth
    Review
    Summary
    Section 5: Individuals’ Rights and HIPAA Exceptions
    Individual Rights Granted by HIPAA
    Exceptions to HIPAA’s Requirements for Use and Disclosure of PHI
    PHI Disclosure under Special Circumstances
    Abuse, Neglect, or Domestic Violence
    Let’s Practice: Kim
    Risk Management Strategies: Abuse, Neglect, and Domestic Violence
    Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety
    Risk Management Strategies: Duty to Protect
    Let’s Practice
    Summary
    Section 6: Impermissible Uses and Disclosures
    Definition of a Breach
    Exceptions to the Definition
    Breach Notification Requirements to Individuals
    Other Privacy Requirements
    Review
    Summary
    Section 7: The Security Rule
    Linda and the Security Rule
    What Is the Security Rule?
    The Security Rule Safeguards
    Administrative Safeguards
    Physical Safeguards
    Technical Safeguards
    Steps toward Security Rule Compliance
    Quick Check
    E-Mail
    Portable Media
    Instant Messaging (IM) 
    Review
    Summary
    Section 8: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Advanced, Intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; Advanced, Intermediate level Marriage and Family Therapists; Advanced, Intermediate level Professional Counselors; Advanced, Intermediate level Psychologists; Advanced, Intermediate level Social Workers; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.