Support for your HIPAA, Technology, Digital Ethics and Legal needs.
Many therapists find themselves overwhelmed when assessing their HIPAA compliance, social media policy, digital ethics and more.
Even if you just received a subpoena, don’t let panic win – there is a whole community of incredible therapists waiting to guide and support you!
Want Help with HIPAA, Digital Ethics, Choosing an EHR or more...?
Roy Huggins is an incredible community resource who provides a free newsletter to help therapists stay on track with their digital ethics, HIPAA concerns as well as CEs. Roy truly is person centered and I strongly recommend this as your starting point for all your digital and HIPAA needs with respect to your private practice.
Are you terrified because you got a subpoena or because you need to create a therapist will?
Terrified by the idea of having to go to court?
Nicol Stolar-Peterson has created a Court Policy Document ($37) to include in your informed consent. In addition, she has a Therapist’s Rescue Kit for Court that comes with 6 hours of BBS Law and Ethics CEUs and is a great resource.
Most importantly, Nicol is also available to coach you for your court appearance! Using video conferencing technology, she can help you past the hump of your fears, so you can put your best foot forward.
Would you like to serve clients in remote communities through distance counseling and telemental health?
The Online Counseling Directory is a listing service that works to connect clients that are looking for distance counseling with therapists who offer this service. They havea huge library of information, including podcasts, that teach therapists how to do tele-mental health in an ethical and legal manner. Click to visit the site!
Want to host an online meeting?
If it’s for clients, it needs to be HIPAA compliant, but if you’re hosting an online meeting for professionals (sans PHI), usually, you can set your HIPAA worries aside! (Don’t forget the fine print!) Here are some options for you to explore.
An excellent HIPAA compliant way to conduct teletherapy. VSee will sign a business associate’s agreement (BAA) and it works reasonably well even with low internet bandwidth as with international sessions!
AnyMeeting offers free and low cost possibilities for web conferencing, video conferencing, conference calls and webinar services for sole proprietors and small businesses! Start with a free trial to see if it works for your needs!
Zoom offers video, audio and screen sharing capabilities for your webinar and web conferencing needs. What’s even better is that your university may already offer you free access to this conferencing service.
Want Help with Digital Ethics, Encrypted Email & Text?
Wondering how to let clients know that you will refuse their friend request on Facebook?
Dr. Keely Kolmes’ Private Practice Social Media Policy has been internationally cited across health and medical disciplines and used as a teaching tool. Since she has generously licensed it under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, you are welcome to copy or adapt this policy to suit your own practice needs, as long as you follow the guidelines.
If you want to know how to use email in a more confidential manner in your business practice, then “encrypted email” is where its at!
Hushmail is the go-to provider for most therapists since it is extremely affordable at under $6 per month and allows you to use your own domain name. So, you don’t have to switch emails in order to receive the confidentiality and HIPAA compliance of encrypted email through using Hushmail. And they make it a breeze to get your Business Associates Agreement!
Although I haven’t personally tested it out, I hear good things about HIPAA compliant and secure texting through Tiger Text.
Their website says: “TigerText messages are encrypted and comply with industry regulations like HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley. Plus, set message lifespans to ensure confidential messages don’t live forever.”
Sounds pretty good to me!