Pragmatics of HIPAA for Ethical Independent Practitioners.The training materials linked below were developed by Michaele Dunlap, Psy.D. and Barney McDowell, L.C.S.W.for a training presented 2-28-03.They are available FREE for mental health professionals who find them useful. State laws supercede HIPAA when state laws are more protective of privacy. You need to consider both while preparing your Policies and Procedures document, your Privacy Practices Notice, etc.We are not selling this material. We are offering it in the cooperative spirit of the American Mental Health Alliance. We are willing to answer questions and promote discussion on this material. See the HIPAA Forum Link below. We hope you will join us and help spread the word that there is an alternative to invasive 3rd party payment systems: AMHA-USA.
HIPAA Help Directory
Click on the links below to view information.
HHS offers a list, by subject, of Websites and public inquiry and publication phone numbers for popular topics about HIPAA.Mailing Address and Telephone NumberThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20201If you want to talk with someone official about hard to answer questions. Telephone: 202-619-0257Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775
Tasks to do
Planning for and implementing HIPAA Privacy Standards.
Planning outline for HIPAA Security Standards which were issued February 20, 2003.
Authorizations - forms
Authorization forms, discussion of requirements, HIPAA language concerning their use, content.
A discussion of HIPAA's language on minimum necessary disclosure, how to protect your clients.
What insurance companies want, and why they shouldn't get it.
Agreement with those to whom you give protected health information-to do work for you. Sample form included.
To a variety of other websites, resources, original HIPAA documents.
Offers the opportunity to ask questions, discuss the clinical implications of HIPAA, suggest other topics for discussion.
HIPAA can create a loss of privacy. The form linked below appears on the Citizens Council on HealthCare site. http://www.cchc-mn.org/fortherecord.php3. It might be used as aConfidentiality Demand for 3rd parties receiving information under an Authorization.
This page was originally created May 29, 2002 to publish training materials presented at a continuing education event: Pragmatics of HIPAA, Compliance with HIPAA for the Ethical Independent Practitioner in Portland, OR 5-17-03. That training was expanded and revised and presented again on 11-22-02 and revised and presented again on 2-28-03.Our objective is to help professionals deal with a bad rule the best they can. At the same time we support legal and legislative actions to change and overturn HIPAA rules that allow invasion of personal privacy.