TeleMental Health Annual HIPAA Training 1.75 CME
This activity has been approved for 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
According to HIPAA regulation, telebehavioral health professionals must be fully HIPAA compliant in order to avoid serious violations and government fines.
Telemental health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a sperate medical or mental health services. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the mental health field. Telemental health is discipline neutral, meaning that all mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.
The need for mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of patient care at a distance has also increased. All age groups and all diagnoses have shown an increase in the need of treatment. With the increased use of telemental health there is an increased need for education concerning legal considerations and compliance during a telemental health appointment.
The research into telemental health has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for mental health services. Some studies have even found that telemental health services may actually be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children and adolescents and veterans in particular, seem to especially benefit from the use of telemental health. Telemental health is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online.
Over riding all of what is done for patients is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. Violation of HIPPA standards, whether purposeful or not, carry stiff penalties and may be treated as a criminal offense. It is the responsibility of every provider to know the rules and how they are applied in the highly sensitive care of mental health patients. This course is designed to provide knowledge and practical understanding of HIPPA in the context of a telemental health setting.
This CME course is brought to you using a “virtual classroom” that can be accessed 24/7/365 on any device connected to the internet using any network. Once enrolled it will never leave your account and will be updated as needed.
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