Confidentiality and HIPAA
Consumers entrust professionals with very personal information and the government has enacted stringent laws to protect the information consumers reveal. The consequences of revealing personal consumer information, even inadvertently, can be severe. This course is designed to provide basic information regarding the principles of confidentiality along with specific information related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) governing privacy and security. In this training, you will learn what confidentiality is and what HIPAA requires of mental health professionals like you. This course will specifically define what personal health information is, the ways in which this information must be protected, and best practices for maintaining client confidentiality. A variety of practice questions throughout the course will give you an opportunity to think critically about the topics covered and apply what you have learned. This course is designed for mental health professionals at all levels.
NOTE: This course is not intended as legal advice for any individual provider or situation. If you need more comprehensive information, please review the resources listed in the references section of this course and consult with your company’s legal and compliance team.